Iris Leu

Iris Leu

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Iris Leu is a Dallas-based singer/songwriter who architects pop-driven songs built upon her years as a classically trained pianist. Award-winning songwriter w/ Unisong, International Music Awards... Imagine a Sarah McLachlan with more youthful bite.

Biography

"(sounds like)...a mockingbird in heat." - Marvin C.

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Pop music is in its most glorious hour: studio splicing and the quick production of catchy tunes, one-click downloading towards a maxed-out iphone, diva tantrums on the TV during the dinner hour.

Ok, maybe not. In its evolution towards convenient electronic turnaround, something’s gone missing. Simply, it’s the 2am tune during a lonely highway coasting, the get-up song after a rough day. And what’s been lost is what listeners crave most: that human connection. This still matters, right?

Back to basics: listeners need a song crafted by a songwriter who can speak to their intelligence and a performer who sings to break a heart, loosen a tear. And if you can find one who can fill both roles, you'll want to lean in closely.

Iris Leu brings listeners back to the heart of the craft, skillfully merging significance and attention in 4-minute song intervals. Though a fairly newcomer to the music scene, there has already been recognition from the International Songwriting Contest, Unisong, and Dallas Songwriters Association, and invitations to perform at numerous college campuses and festivals throughout the South and the Northeast.

Her introductory EP permanent transient (2007) sold-out its initial run in the year of release after an extensive 2-months, 5,000 miles cross-country tour. The conversations on the road with pastors, prostitutes, and those morally in-between provided the backbone to the writing sessions in early winter 2008 which produced 40 songs. After months of effort and collaboration in the studio, 10 stand-out tracks absorbed into hushaboo.

On February 24, 2009, hushaboo will be released to fans across the country who can expect to fall in love once again with the beauty of a resonating melody and the voice of a familiar reminder that the joy of music is found in a priceless place- that of the human stories common between us.

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update: 10-15-08
i just restrung the violin, i'm going back to my purist roots and writing for those instruments that take a lot of coaxing to shake your hand back. if you ask me, my fave is still the cello. mom put me on piano at age 4 b/c all the neighborhood kids were picking it up, and when everyone stopped at 18 to pursue academics, i’d become quite fond of the piano and didn't know how to drop it. i don't know how to play the guitar.

update: 09-07-08
recording's almost finished! we've been at it since the cold month of february. 10 songs've been powdered and bow-tied with producer todd pipes (deep blue something, calhoun), and we're looking at a jan 2009 release. it's titled "hushaboo" and it comes from stephen king's "the dark tower" series.

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what else would you like to know? just ask. ok.

Lyrics

Four Seasons

Written By: Iris Leu

I could try to explain
But the worst thing to do’s to say
“I never thought you would change,”
But if it’s for the better, okay.

What have I done?
Who did I blame?
There was no way I could prepare for this.

You walk in, I turn the TV down
But the silence holds a loaded gun.
You offer to drive me home
But the place I belong to is gone.

What have you done?
Who did you blame?
There was no way you could prepare for this.

What could save me once
Wouldn’t hear me twice,
And the reddest rose
Will have to wait four seasons.

What have we done?
Who did we blame?
There was no way we could prepare for this.

Chorus

For Keeps

Written By: Iris Leu

Simple as life can be,
I must obey the need for more.
The world built for keeps –
This is the season I tease.

Two can play it –
I won’t level my cards down, no.
When I find a harder persuasion,
I won’t need you anymore.

No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
Whoa oh.

When the dark opens wide,
Ain’t no one jonesin’ no more.
Get a move on your thrill –
If you don’t do it, I will.

I’ll take my chances
But I won’t be caught with my head down, no.
If you haven’t rid of your defections,
I’m gonna leave you behind.

No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
Whoa oh.

No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
No.
Whoa oh.

Two can play it –
I won’t level my cards down, no.
When I find a harder persuasion,
I won’t need you anymore.

Hush

Written By: iris leu

The bed is alright, small but enough
To hold our weight.
Remove the phone from the hook –
The world suspended.
I move your hands
To the small of my back.

Without the star’s help, I’d have no way.
Without the magic, I’d fall into the sea.

So I will hold your secrets safe –
You are my kind of prayer.

The cigarette glow, the littlest star
To call our own.
Two pairs of shoes by the door
In the city of gold.
Birthday song –
Something borrowed,
Something new.

With your morning light, I can see clear.
With your shepherding, I can run free.

And I will keep the villains out –
You are my kind of crime.

Don’t say the words I want to hear –
You are my kind of hush,
My kind of hush.

Hollowville

Written By: iris leu

I down the last thought of you,
I close the windows in this room.
To every pulse, a bit delay –
Better sleep than facing
All that needs time of day.

The plans on paper faded grey
Along with words I meant to say.
You could end this year of loss –
If you’re true I take back
All of the coins I’ve tossed.

Since you have made up your mind,
It’s my turn to convince you otherwise.

There is communion
Standing before you –
We could start over
Back to Hollowville.

Bags are packed to leave this town
Cause no one’s left to come around.
I’m on the roads that promise more –
More is good unless your
Havings break through the floor.

Since you have made up your mind,
It’s my turn to convince you otherwise.

There is communion
Standing before you –
We could start over
Back to Hollowville.

There is allegiance
In the land of illusions.
It’ll be the last time
I see you fall away.

Discography

hushaboo (full-length) - February 24, 2009
permanent transient (EP) - January 2007

songs from "pt" have received airplay in the Texas, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts college markets.

Set List

set list length: 45 mins up to 3 hours.

i play my music.
beck's music. rilo kiley's.
japanese folk tunes. french pop.