Leah Shoshanah | A Child Like This

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A Child Like This

by Leah Shoshanah

World-folk from the heart: dynamic vocals, violin, upright bass, guitar, ukulele, mandolin, melodica and piano underscore mountainous melodies and honest lyrics about the joys, struggles, beauty and pain of growing up.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Woven Woman (feat. James Abud & Sam Hyson)
4:20 $0.99
2. Dear Daughter (feat. James Abud & Aaron Smith)
4:32 $0.99
3. Coyote (feat. James Abud, Aaron Smith, Rebecca Jasso & Sarah Eide)
3:42 $0.99
4. Ai Ee Ai (feat. James Abud, Aaron Smith & Mallory Linehan)
4:01 $0.99
5. Skyhunter (feat. Sarah Eide)
3:57 $0.99
6. Somewhere in Africa (feat. David Cowen)
4:33 $0.99
7. A Child Like This (feat. James Abud & Aaron Smith)
3:03 $0.99
8. Oceanrider
4:15 $0.99
9. Across the Sea
4:13 $0.99
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Album Notes
Leah Shoshanah is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and educator based in Chicago. Leah has performed worldwide in a myriad of situations, from intimate house concerts to on stage with the South African National Opera company “Opera Africa”. Leah finds inspiration in memories of travel, the endless stars of a clear night sky, her family and their garden, her students and the phenomenon that the word “god” attempts to represent.

Leah Shoshanah’s debut album, titled, “A Child Like This”, is the result of a four-year long recording process. The title refers to the birth of the album as well as the content of the album, whose songs weave together the joys, struggles, beauty and pain of growing up.

Leah began to produce the album in 2013 when she first collaborated with cellist (and father) David Cowen on “Somewhere in Africa”. A recording engineer who saw promise in the project leant her professional quality microphones that she would “borrow” for the next three years. Leah set up a studio in her family’s home and began to learn about making an album by... making an album. She held recording sessions with eclectic musicians from around the city. At times, she would also carry borrowed equipment to musicians’ homes and practice spaces. This unique recording process allowed Leah to overcome limitations in music notation and to develop skills in arrangement and direction to create the songs as she heard them in her heart. The result is a series of tracks varying in style and genre, ornamented with choral-like vocals, cello, upright bass, piano, melodica, mandolin, guitar and recorder. The tracks traverse genres, at times driving with Latin American or folk-rock rhythms and at times soothing to delicate guitar picking and expansive piano accompaniment.

The songs on “A Child Like This” are ripe with vulnerability. They explore childhood dreams, the meaning of animal totems, love, heartbreak, abortion and summing up the courage to be stronger than you ever knew was possible. Thus, from Leah’s heart to yours, “A Child Like This” is a doorway to a world of travels, spirituality, family, resilience and love. It is a reminder that no one is alone, that we all struggle and that struggle is our connection to each other.

In January 2017, Leah launched a crowd-funding campaign to support the project. Due in part to the generous donations made by fans, friends and family, Leah was able to complete the album as of May 2017.

All songs written, composed and performed by Leah Shoshanah with help from...

1. Somewhere in Africa: David Cowen (cello and dad)
3-4. A Child Like This & Dear Daughter: Aaron Smith (bass),
James Abud (lead guitar/mandolin/melodica/ukulele)
5. The Woven Woman: Sam Hyson (violin), James Abud (bass)
6. Coyote: James Abud (guitar/mando), Sarah Eide (backup vocals)
Rebecca Jasso (recorder/back-up vocals), Aaron Smith (bass)
7. Skyhunter: Sarah Eide (piano)
8. Ai-Ee-Ai: Aaron Smith (bass), James Abud (guitalele),
Mallory Linehan (violin)

Produced by Leah Shoshanah
Mixing/Mastering Engineer: Yuri Lysoivanov
Assistant Engineers: Amber Carter and Victoria Salazar
Recorded from 2013-2017 at The Cowen House,
Long Dog Audio and Tribeca Flashpoint College.
Album art by Leah's mom, Wendy J. Segal (www.wendyjsegal.com)

For more information, visit www.leahshoshanah.com



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Allen Turner

Wonderful and finds its way into your heart
From "The Woven Woman", to "Across the Sea", Lea Shoshona's voice just resonates and sounds a heartfelt clarion. With every song she brings feeling, and a holds space for a moment, in a way that feels like a gift.. The flow of words speak of so many experiences of soulfulness. There is a folksy quality to the delivery that does justice to the poetry allowing it to be heard with resplendent clarity. This is a big things for me as I feel often that many artists are in a rush through their music. Lea takes her time and tastes every word.

I'd love to hear this in the warmth of vinyl but I'll settle for CD and streaming when I can't see her live. I have heard all of her songs in person and I have to say the experience only gets better in person. "The Woven Woman", "Dear Daughter", and "Skyhunter" are my standout favorite songs on the album. Each of those has a way of lingering , lapping up against the back of my mind, for days on end. If you are ever in a position to see her perform live, definitely treat yourself to the experience. You will be thankful and feel illuminated when it is done.

Brant Rosen

Music from deep in the soul!
There are some singer/songwriters whose music clearly comes from a deep and profound place. Not just words attached to music, but songs that express an inner truth that clearly comes straight from the soul. This album is clearly a spiritual autobiography of Leah Shoshanah's own journey - one that is at once intensely personal and powerfully universal, deep and accessible . Leah is also an immensely gifted musician/vocalist, and trust me when I say it would not be hyperbole to compare her to singer/songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Tori Amos or Sarah McLachlan. Bottom line: "A Child Like This" deserves the widest possible listenership. And if she ever visits your town, you owe it to herself to her hear perform her music in person.