Ava Leigh

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Ava Leigh
Birth name Hayley Carline
Born (1985-11-22) 22 November 1985 (age 31)
Origin Chester, England, United Kingdom
Genres Reggae, Lover's Rock, Reggae fusion
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2008–
Labels Virgin
Website www.avaleighofficial.com

Hayley Carline (born 22 November 1985),[1] better known as Ava Leigh, is a British reggae singer from Chester, England.[1]

Career[edit]

Leigh's career first began when she started performing with her school's jazz band.[2] In her "mid teens" she acquired a manager, and tried out for a variety of labels, singing R&B. However, Leigh realised that the genre "never, ever worked" for her.[2] Leigh, in an interview with The Telegraph, attributed her mother for first getting her into reggae:[2]

How I got into reggae ... was from my mother listening to it. She was a big fan of [the British reggae subgenre] Lover's Rock. When I was about nine or 10, I remember hearing "Silly Games" by Janet Kay, with all those high notes, and thinking, "Hmm, I wonder if I can do that?"

Leigh worked with writers such as Nick Manasseh, Future Cut and Feng Shui on her debut album, Turned on Underground.[1][2] Partly recorded at Harry J's in Jamaica, the album was reviewed favourably and was described as having the "slick appeal of a US R&B princess."[3] Her debut four-track extended play (EP) La La La was released on 5 January 2009.[4]

Leigh's song "Mad About the Boy" was featured on the film Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging, and her version of "Mas Que Nada" was featured in a 2008 TV commercial for chain store Next's summer clothing range. Also in 2008, Leigh co-wrote Joss Stone's digital download single "Governmentalist", featuring rapper Nas.

Leigh has also stated she hopes to become part of a musical movement bringing singers (as opposed to dancehall deejays) back to the forefront in reggae. As she told noted writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: I think the reason we're now living in the decade of dancehall deejays is because everyone these days is so into hip hop and rap, and dancehall is basically the reggae version of that. But hopefully me doing this can help signal the start of many more successful new reggae vocalists to come."[5]

Discography[edit]

Singles
Year Single UK chart
position[6]
Album
2007 "La La La" Rollin'[1]
2008 "Mad About the Boy" [A] 128
Notes
  • A ^ Released as a double-A side single with "Mas Que Nada" in some retailers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e O'Brien, Jon. "Ava Leigh > Overview". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c d Perry, Andrew (31 July 2008). "Ava Leigh: the girl who fell for Lover’s Rock". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  3. ^ Lester, Paul (13 August 2007). "No 163: Ava Leigh". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ava Leigh releases". Avaleigh.co.uk. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Ava Leigh interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' August 2008
  6. ^ Zywietz, Tobias. "Chart Log UK: DJ Steve L. – LZ Love". Zobbel. Archived from the original on 16 October 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2009. 

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