Iona Leigh

Iona Leigh

BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

With diversity, raw talent and a rich voice, Iona leaves you with a chill up your spine and an experience that can only be described as otherworldly.

Biography

At age 23, Iona displays all the elements necessary to embrace a rewarding performing and song-writing career. With diversity, raw talent and a rich voice, she delivers an emotional mix, depth and feeling, which we could equate to Kate Bush and Sarah Maclachlan. After listening to the voice of this new, inspirational artist, her music leaves you with a chill up your spine and one can only describe the experience as otherworldly. The roots of this young lass, have been soundly embedded from her upbringing in the Findhorn Community in the north east of Scotland, where Iona's inspiration has been evoked by the wild winds and tumbling waves of the Moray bay and Holy Isle she is named after.

Iona's passion for singing was born out of regular Friday nights at her local Universal Hall, where she had the opportunity to front the 'Blue Angel' Jazz band, and perform backing vocals for Mike Scott and the Waterboys. When considering influences, Iona's musical style has definitely been subject to the Annie Lennox, Joni Mitchell, and a variety of Celtic/Folk musicians. Although open to the diversity of pop, folk and jazz, Iona excels in her delivery of her original Contemporary/Celtic material, and it seems that her alternative upbringing has nurtured the more metaphysical side of her deeply poignant writing. Iona's lyrics often refer to the 'other side', and a connection with spirit and karma, leaving one with an insight into the bigger picture and universal understanding.

Iona began her professional training with a higher national diploma course at the Perth College Music Millenium Centre, part of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise. On completion of the diploma, Iona was accepted at Europe’s leading Pop/Rock School ‘Vocaltech’, part of the London College of Music and Media at Thames Valley University where she recently graduated with a first class honors degree.

Iona has performed as a lead and backing vocalist at some of London's top music venues including The Rock Garden in Covent Garden, Shepherds Bush Empire, and recently gave her debut solo concert 'Songs From The Heart' at the Universal Hall, Findhorn, Scotland. Iona has also worked as a session singer, recording lead vocals for a folk album and backing vocals on the recently released album by the UK Punk/Hip Hop band 'Weapons'. When asked, what's going to happen next? Iona replies, "I would love to get a publishing deal and ultimately find a balance between performing and writing, nothing short of a marriage made in heaven!"

Lyrics

Freedom of my Youth

Written By: Iona Leigh

Freedom Of My Youth
Lyrics and Music written by Iona Leigh © 2006.
All vocals by Iona Leigh
www.iona.tv

Verse 1:
It's a Tuesday afternoon
I'm sitting in my room
As the sunshine pours through my window
The cars are passing by
The busy old wind sounds a sigh
I'm overwhelmed with emotion

The way you look at me
The way you sit and be
I watch with inspiration as I daydream
You remind me of who I am
You tell me that I can
And I like the way you make me feel
The freedom of my youth

Chorus:
I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
And I'm having a good time baby
And I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
This is the freedom of my youth

Verse 2:
I question things I'm meant to say
Instead I sit and pray
I search for my own path
I listen deep within

I learn to walk before I run
I study hard and earn my fun
But nothing’s set in stone
This is the freedom of my youth

I'm following my own heart
I'm ready for a new start
I'm going where the wind blows
And everywhere along the way

I keep my goals all clear in sight
And I keep my suitcase light
I'm open for persuasion
This is the freedom of my youth

Chorus:
And I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
And I'm having a good time baby
And I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
This is the freedom of my youth

Middle 8:
All these things ahead of me
And all these things unknown
Memories of exploring
And the ways in which I've grown
I'm still here but nearly there
In a world of 'in-betweens'
Unpeeling secret layers
Unveiling my new seams

Chorus:
And I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
And I'm having a good time baby
And I've got sunshine surrounding me
I've got highlights to give you the proof
This is the freedom of my youth

Ocean (Live)

Written By: Iona

Ocean Music and Lyrics written by Iona

Copyright 2005 Iona Leigh (registered with Protect My Work, September 2005)

VERSE 1:
Colour me purple in your evening light
Wash me upon your shore in the night
Carry me above your crashing waves with ease
Blow me along your coast in the breeze

CHORUS:
In my dreams I bath in the water and sail
To a far-away land
In my dreams I fly across the ocean
and I Dance on sparkling sand

VERSE 2:
Sooth me and heal in your salty waves
Hold me close and wash my tears away
I hear your waters lap in deep conversation
Within your presence I find my inspiration

CHORUS:
In my dreams I bath in the water
and sail To a far-away land
In my dreams I fly across the ocean
and I dance on sparkling sand
And I dance,
and I dance,
and I dance upon your sparkling sand…………

Discography

Spirit - 2006 (12 Songs)

Set List

Includes Ocean, Eternal Beauty, Freedom of my Youth and Brown Haired Maiden.