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Leah Thompson | Misfire - SIngle

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Misfire - SIngle

by Leah Thompson

Mixing elements of neo-soul, pop, and folk, Leah Thompson provides a refreshing sound that has been referred to as a "best kept secret" by fans. Enjoy timeless music and lyrics that journey through the sadness, loneliness, joy, and passion of life.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Rhythm & Blues
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Album Notes
She plays with pure imagination
If she wants to, she can fly
You can chase but never catch her
As she shoots across the sky

These song lyrics are the perfect introduction to one of the music scene's newest stars, Leah Thompson!

Growing up in rural southern Illinois may have provided little in the form of outside entertainment, but Leah's environment nurtured plenty of seeds for stretching her vivid imagination. An acutely shy child, Leah was constantly drawing and weaving stories to entertain herself. She wrote a 100-page (albeit large print) book in the second grade. She began playing flute in the 5th grade, and to the amazement of her teachers, shortly after started writing down sheet music for flute and voice.

Raised in a strictly religious home, Leah was not allowed to listen to secular music, but would stay up all night listening to the radio with headphones to avoid getting caught. Leah says, "Music definitely got me through a lot of rough times as a teenager, and that’s one of the things I still love about it to this day ... it has such a therapeutic effect." Staying true to the Hebrew meaning of her name "weary of injustice," Leah muses, "My hope is to spread light through song and to have the opportunity to connect with people around the world in a positive way."

Leah's first recording experience was less than stellar. The producer kept trying to get her to sound "all breathy/sexy/ditzy" like some of the current pop stars of the time. Shortly thereafter she was blessed to find engineer/producer Ben Kesler of St. Louis, MO (Robert Randolf, T Bone Burnett, Murphy Lee, Will Gray, Todd Sarvies, Sosy) and was able to develop a much more innovative, personally authentic sound.

Through Ben, Leah was connected with folk/pop singer-songwriter Marianne Kesler. Marianne asked Leah to help finish up an r & b song she was writing and then to record vocals on the studio demo. It was the beginnings of a prolific collaboration that has brought growth to both artists, and together they have written over 30 songs, including several songs that appear on Leah's debut Shades of Pink and Blue (2012).

"Working with Leah often feels like looking into a mirror and seeing a reflection of my very own soul. To find someone who loves playing with words as much as I do is amazing, and her creative sense of melody and genre bending has brought a new and broader dimension to the writing. Leah is a strong natural talent with a powerful work ethic. Writing together has been, and continues to be, an absolute joy!"

Leah sights influences as diverse as Billie Holliday to the Beatles, and producer Kesler calls her style neo-soul/pop/folk, as listeners liken her to Alicia Keys, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sade, Erykah Badu, and India.Arie. Perhaps reviewer Wildy Haskell (Wildy's World) says it best,

"Leah Thompson's honey sweet alto makes the trip worth taking...her voice is one you could listen to all day. No pyrotechnics; just solid singing with heart...an enjoyable listen."

Join the growing galaxy of fans:

And when she shines, she shines so bright,
Illuminates the darkest night,
Unveils the moon and sheds her light.
… She’s a star, baby!



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This is a nice song. It is a beautiful soulful addictive melody with a mild blues undertone, an anesthetic to soothe the pain of a failed relationship.