Angela Leo

Angela Leo

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Angela’s debut album is poetic and raw…a hint of fellow female rockers Sarah McLachlan, Dido or Sheryl Crow, but more of an edge than all of them combined! At times, she echoes the rich sound and traditions of 60’s folk, while always giving it all a hip, smooth 21st century groove.

Biography

“Angela Leo is a talented artist whose inspiring songs will touch listeners many years to come.”
-All Access Magazine
She’s walked across fire, parachuted from airplanes and made camp in the heart of the Costa Rican rain forest, but Angela Leo’s most courageous act to date is writing songs. Within the tightly crafted lyrics and emotional agility that defines her debut CD, Cognitive Dissonance, the Hollywood-based Leo neatly grafts the evolved sensibility of a poet to her songs.
“I didn’t write these songs, the songs wrote me. They came out of my experience, and I have to be true to their souls.”
Originally from the Bay Area, Angela performs in Berkeley, San Francisco, and Hollywood clubs like Knitting Factory, Viper Room and The Cat Club.

Lyrics

Waves of the Tide

Written By: Angela Leo

From the floors of the ocean, from the waves of the tide,
Slowly we crawl forward; the sun brings all to life,
And I’m living in, living in, crazy days.

And what is it about this city that makes me feel so alive?
When the streets catch my lost way, so before I know it I’ve arrived.
And I’m living in, living in, crazy ways.

Oh, your eyes bring me back from a place of fear,
So don’t be surprised if I’m still here in a year.

Can you feel eternity floating through the air, just out of reach.
Can you see the tide has turned? We live under the sun, knowing it burns.

From the floors of the ocean, from the waves of the tide,
Slowly we crawl forward; the sun brings all to life,
And I’m living in, living for, today.

Oh, your eyes, they purify. I know you’re “the one” when you touch my face,
The only one I want ‘til I die.

Can you feel eternity floating through the air, just out of reach.
Can you see the tide has turned? We live under the sun, knowing it burns.

You'd Be Here

Written By: Angela Leo

I could love you for the rest of my life.
If that’s what you wanted for the rest of my life.

When I was young, it seemed so easy.
Because when I was young, I believed in love.

And do you see me standing here?
If you could just reach out, you’d be here.
You’d be here.

And what is this feeling, and when will it end.
Can feel this love I send?

And what a mystery, this life.
I can’t sleep when I think of all the things
I should have said to you.

When I was young, everything was easy
Because when I was young, I believed in love.

And I see you standing there.
If I could just reach out, you’d be here.
You’d be here.

And what is this feeling and when will it end.
Is this all I feel I deserve in the end?

When I was young, I believed in miracles.
Because when you are young, you have to believe in love.

And do you see love standing here?
Because life’s passing you by while I’m standing here,
Waiting for you.

And what is this feeling, and when will it end?
Can you feel this love I send?

Spring

Written By: Angela Leo

Oh, I want so desperately for winter to be gone.
The first shoots of green, the river’s thaw.
And ice comes melting down, to form clear springs
A clearer reflection, I’ve never seen.

Spring, comes down like sunny rain.
And doesn’t if feel so good to be alive?

Feel the ebb and flow (2x)

And all the things that I want to do
Are right before me, if only I knew.
On this barren earth of my heart where nothing grows,
If I could just feast my soul on a morning rose.

Spring, comes down like sunny rain,
And doesn’t it feel so good to be alive?
Doesn’t it feel so good to be alive?

So listen very carefully:
Learn to fly with both wings.
You reap what you sow;
Feel the ebb and flow.

Beach Song

Written By: Angela Leo

The sun is shining and the birds are flying
Over the crashing surf, and my heart’s about to burst
Because the noonday sun, warm sand on my feet,
And the children playing smiled at me.
It isn’t too hard to see, summer’s in the air.

That’s what I wish for: a life carefree,
Someone to love, and someone who loves me.
And if I never find “the one” I know I’ll be okay
Because I finally like myself, life’s better every day.
It isn’t too hard to see, love is everywhere.

If you expect the same
Each day, that’s what you’ll see.
So, open your eyes. To
The Fabulous Realities.
They’re all around,
A green promise each new day.
Grab this life and hold on tight
Before it gets away.

Now there are days when I wish I’d never been born,
And there are days when I can’t take it anymore.
Human frailties (hate, judgment, and scorn).
Can’t we just stop fighting? (Can’t we) overcome this red-toothed claw?
It isn’t too hard to see, when you’re trapped by history.

If you expect the same
Each day, that’s what you’ll see.
So, open your eyes. To
The Fabulous Realities.
They’re all around,
A green promise each new day.
Grab this life and hold on tight
Before it gets away.

Like landbound stricken sailors, who finding water, wish for wine.
From what is man flying? For the bird does not race time.
We hold this season to us; sand skiffs along the beach.
We play and burn and build sandcastles just out of reach.
And, if we try real hard, we might find what we seek.

Unspared

Written By: Angela Leo

There was a time I knew what was real and what was true,
But now I see, it wasn’t meant to be, and I’m broken, but free.

Now is the time to free your soul. It’s the time for loving yourself,
A time for letting go.

There are so very few people who compare to you,
But now I see, you were never really free: Your shadow held the key.

Now is the time to free your soul. It’s the time for loving yourself,
A time for letting go.
And what is for you, will not pass you by; seasons change and rearrange,
And give the gift of life.

I’m standing on the mountain, thunderous sun on my face;
I’m leaving that old life behind me. I’m heading for a better place.

Now is the time to free your soul. It’s a time for loving yourself,
A time for letting go.
And what is for you, will not pass you by; seasons change and rearrange,
And give the gift of life.

The One

Written By: Angela Leo

Long ago, oh so long ago,
There was a lady who I know
Is “the one”—the only one for me.

A black-haired beauty with soft eyes,
Stubborn streak a mile wide,
How we laughed and danced through the night.

What can I say now to the mirror?
What can I do now to bring you here
In my arms?

Long ago, oh those long-ago’s
If you aren’t careful can kill your soul,
But all I have to hold are memories.

What can I say now to the mirror?
What can I do now to bring you here
In my arms?

Oh how I loved you, and you loved me.

This Morning

Written By: Angela Leo

This morning, I looked inside.
This morning, I went outside
To see the world (to see the world)
Through the night and the sea.

This evening, let’s stay inside.
This evening, let’s look outside
To see the world (to see the world)
Through the night and the sea.

Hey (3x)

This morning, this sunny morning,
Stark bright blinding sun’s glare morning.
Please don’t fuck up my morning.

This morning, I wasn’t dead.
So I thought this morning
To live this thread
Through the maze,
Labyrinth of my days,
Through the night and the sea.

I see the world
Through the night and the sea.

I see the world
Let’s see the world.

Discography

Cognitive Dissonance, 2009
You'd Be Here JVB Remix (single)
You'd Be Here JVB House Remix (single)

Set List

Typical Set List:
(all originals, 30-60 min. set)

Trying
You'd Be Here
Spring
Waves of the Tide
The One
Unspared
Beach Song
Magma
This Morning