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Spilling Inside Out

by Deborah Ledon

She is going to shock and shake you with her edgy, thought provoking, and musically eclectic album with flavours of Latin, Jazz, Rock, and Funk.
Genre: Urban/R&B: Funk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Penelope Catherine Smith
4:51 $0.99
2. Sans Vous / Without You
5:28 $0.99
3. Naughty Nina Sunshine
5:47 $0.99
4. I Live A Lie
5:27 $0.99
5. Pigeons
4:15 $0.99
6. Mickey
5:10 $0.99
7. I Love To Love You
6:22 $0.99
8. Fat Cat
3:52 $0.99
9. Nobody Shares
4:46 $0.99
10. Song4TheSpineless
5:25 $0.99
11. Magnum
6:30 $0.99
12. Like A Latin
4:37 $0.99
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Album Notes
We all know there is no rule book for life. Yet, if we slow down a little, take the time to know ourselves well and use that wisdom in a positive way, we can revel in the opportunity to make our own rules as we go. That can make for a journey worth taking.
In the case of Deborah Ledon, a Cuban-born Canadian who revels in making her own rules, the spiritual and musical journey began in Havana and has led, with a few character-building detours along the way, to Vancouver, British Columbia.
Here, in the spectacular West Coast Canadian city where she now makes her home, formalities are not important. She's Deb to her many friends, musical and otherwise.
Although the inspiration for her songs comes from years of real-life experiences, Deborah describes making the album as a "purge", a spontaneous outpouring of musical ideas.
Feisty, funny, and staunchly anti-diva, Deborah Ledon is a thoughtful, passionate teller of personal truths - a composer and performer of songs that try to dig a little deeper, even when it's not always comfortable. "I'm not a formula writer," she says, "I just follow my heart and how I hear it."
Her self-financed, independently released first album, Spilling Inside Out, is filled with the kinds of observations that deliberately stray a little outside the boundaries of the standard pop song. Taking her inspiration from the world as she sees it, Deborah doesn't shy away from subjects that she finds shocking and upsetting.
I Love To Love You is a heart-wrenching ballad that dares to detail an abusive relationship from a uniquely disturbing point of view.
Naughty Nina Sunshine, I Live A Lie, Mickey and Fat Cat are knife-edged portraits of people who have done everything possible to offend the singer's sense of fairness and justice.
Song4TheSpineless is based on actual events as it deals with the tragic death of a teenage boy at the hands of a friend.
But it's not all dark stories and shady characters.
Sans Vous/Without You is a wistful, softly rhythmic ballad while Like A Latin is an autobiographical embrace of Deborah's Cuban roots. It also serves as a fond remembrance of her late grandmother whom she credits as being the most influential person in her life, the one who passed on many valuable lessons. "I learned from her that difficult does not mean impossible," she says.
Although her family was relatively privileged in Castro's Cuba, life became challenging once they moved to Canada. "I had to learn to be strong at an early age." Her parents divorced, and she, her mother and brother lived a rootless existence, moving countless times all over Southern Ontario, the Maritime Provinces, and the US before settling in Toronto. Years later, after she moved to the Ottawa area, Deborah's passion for music emerged. While working a full-time job in tourism, she took the opportunity to do theatre and sing in three bands. The metamorphosis from shy public speaker to confident performer began.
Another job involved working as a nurse, doing all the things nurses do including the task of wrapping bodies for the trip to the morgue. Deb acknowledges that while working as an advocate for her patients and often watching the system fail them, she began to hone her awareness of injustice. And that, she says, started to find its way into
her songs.
Since moving to Vancouver several years ago, Deborah has found plenty to write about while living and working in this cosmopolitan rainforest city, especially when it comes to the growing gap between the ultra-wealthy and the disenfranchised. "I'm from Cuba where people have very little as far as material possessions go," she says, "but here in North America we have so much deceit and so little authenticity. We need to work on that while we still can.
If you think Deborah has a lot to say for someone releasing her first album, her answer is "absolutely!" For her, it's all about moving forward musically while doing everything she can to avoid being typecast as a certain kind of singer. "I don't think I have one particular style because I've done everything as a singer and I think that's how it should be," she says. "I want to do it all!"
Some artists simply take a little more time to develop their craft and carefully build an audience. That's all part of knowing who you are and that is one category Deborah Ledon is happy to be a part of.



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Phaedra Budda-Idzan (from Canada)

LOVE IT!!- Can't wait for the next one!!!
I have eagerly been awaiting the chance to buy this cd for THREE YEARS!!!! I had the greatest honour and priviledge of sitting in on one of Ms.Ledon's practice sessions back a few years ago. What I heard literally brought tears to my eyes!! Ms. Ledon has THE most POWERFUL voice I have EVER heard!Her lyrics and music are awe-inspiring,powerful, and HIGHLY HIGHLY original. The music gives the listener a myriad of issues to think about. My favorite songs are Naughty Nina Sunshine, I live a Lie, Mickey and of course- Song4TheSpineless. DEFINITELY worth 5 stars (would give it more if I could ;)!!!

Bertha Fernandez

I've just heard this CD and I was impressed by how many feelings are expressed on it. Deborah seems to be a very sentimental and at the same time down to earth person, she is really spilling everything out. My favorites songs are San Vous/Without You and I love to love you. The musical arregements are beautiful. I highly recomended it. I love it

jorge fernandez

soft with an edge and a bit alternative, ,I like it.
I give this CD 5 stars on the cover alone.On the outside it looks like it'll be a dark album but once I listened to the first song Penelope Catherine Smith I realized that this CD is easy to listen to.It has rock solid vocals that are a real powerhouse and the music has a jazz undertone with a real groove to it.There is a nice hammond piano sound that I like all thru this CD.My personal favorite song is sans vouz/without you but the CD is very consistent and I like all the songs. I recommend it especially if you like jazz and looking for something different

Al Soifer

Try this at home - often!!
So the package comes in the mail, and I open it to look at the album. I examine the visual presentation religiously, looking for clues to the auditory content - or at least, to the artist's headspace. Spilling Inside Out by Deborah Ledon is a treat, since the jewlbox cover insert is as intriguing as the musical content on the CD. When Deb (as her friends call her) spills over, her words and notes splash drops of 'reality bites' onto her audience..........................................................................................
It's natural, I guess, to compare a given artist to others whom I know or have heard - simply to pop them into a recognizable niche in my mind. Deb defies this niche-picking, changing her delivery and style from track to track, and this is indeed a good thing. I was sorta getting tired of albums that offer me one notable cut, and then 10 more clones of that in varying keys and time signatures. Ms. Ledon is anything but repetitive, and Spilling Inside Out is a refreshing and honest look at some of the seamier side of life. If pressed to quantify her sound, I would have to state that Deborah Ledon is like Sara MacLaughlin with balls, (sorry Sara). There are no lack of new female Canadian vocal artists - but very few of them have more than superficial lyrical ability; and their collective angst tends to be as shallow as their publicists' ethics. Deb impresses me as a lady with something very powerful to say - and the vocal dynamics to state her case very effectively without excessive ear candy.........................................................................................All 12 tracks are listenable - very listenable. Exceptionally notable is SONG4THESPINELESS, which in my opinion (not very humble either) should be looped and played continually in every teen counselling and reception centre across this country. Deb does not stick with one approach, and moves from mood to different mood as a honeybee hovers from nectar to nectar - sampling the best and distilling it to the listener in generous portions. There are some definite salsa reflections in here from her Cuban heritage; as well as a bit of jazz/blues/rock fusion that will please anyone who enjoys a bit of "after hours' soft jam. I could almost taste the smoky, boozy atmosphere, with an edge. Who of us hasn't met or heard of the elegant bitchery as Deb tells it in PENELOPE CATHERINE SMITH, or NAUGHTY NINA SUNSHINE. Just listen (yeah, this is an album to listen to, again & again) to the contradictions of rhythm between MAGNUM, and LIKE A LATIN
All the tracks have a compelling "hear me" hook in them, definitely a worthwhile hour and some of pleasure. Musically, the studio crew here is clean and sweet, and the mix is interesting; the band never steps on Deb's powerful voice, but neither are these musicians relegated to the background. Great piece of work Deb! My only complaint is the "no lyrics included"; I love reading the words, and I missed seeing in print the message that Deborah expounds so vibrantly. Maybe next time, please??!!! This one is a must have. Now if I can only steal my copy back from my teenage daughter, I can hear and enjoy Deborah Ledon one more time.

Tina Davis

Compassionate, daring, brutally honest, real beyond words.
A little known treasure finally revealed.
Creative, powerful, on the cutting edge. The cover is daring, the lyrics are thought provoking, the music diversified, and the artist...beyond words.
The latin and jazz mix...ingenious.
Like A Latin is my favourite and I rate the album a ten 'cause a five just doesn't cut it.
Way to show 'em, Deb.

Sergio Moreno

Spilling Inside Out contains strong introspective lyrics beautifully welded with music. Although, I am not an expert about music, I know what stuff moves my soul: Deborah’s music is a powerful statement of art.

Rosaline Temple

Soooo unique and different, I love it! Can't wait to hear more!
What a fabulous voice! I love the music - and the lyrics are so amazingly unique! Deborah Ledon's talent is incredible - her sound & mood changes with each recording, and the meanings are so deep and "soul revealing". I can't wait to hear more - A great artist!!!!

Susanne Postill

I was impatiently waiting for this cd and when I finally got it I was blown away by it!!! Deb's amazing voice and her song lyrics are so powerful. I love the Latin Jazz style - definitely suits Deb and her fantastic personality!!! I'm hoping there will be a second album .... you did it deb!!!!!!