Leah Speckhard
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Leah Speckhard

New York City, New York, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF | AFTRA

New York City, New York, United States | SELF | AFTRA
Established on Jan, 2012
Solo Pop Synth

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Dec
04
Leah Speckhard @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Sep
18
Leah Speckhard @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Aug
29
Leah Speckhard @ Silvana

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jun
07
Leah Speckhard @ Arlene's Grocery

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jan
13
Leah Speckhard @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Oct
12
Leah Speckhard @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Jul
27
Leah Speckhard @ Rockwood Music Hall

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Sep
29
Leah Speckhard @ Pianos

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Aug
25
Leah Speckhard @ Pete's Candy Store

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Jul
13
Leah Speckhard @ The Bowery Electric

New York City, New York, United States

New York City, New York, United States

Jul
01
Leah Speckhard @ Caffe Vivaldi

New York, New York, United States

New York, New York, United States

Apr
10
Leah Speckhard @ Rapture Lounge

Astoria, New York, United States

Astoria, New York, United States

Music

Press


Leah Speckhard is a ballad-driven, pop-synth songstress and the daughter of a United States diplomat who reportedly spent her tender teen years abroad in the countries of Belarus, Belgium and Greece. In fact, it was in Greece that she was signed to their major label Legend Records.

She released her debut disc Pour Out Your Heart Like Water on the above-mentioned Legend label garnering great reviews from both Athens’ well-known newspaper Proto Thema and even People Magazine. In her songs Speckhard mainly focuses on attempting to communicate, “decipher and emote the complicated nature of romantic relationships.”

Her musical material is oft’times “inspired by a rather diverse assortment of other artists and genres, from the likes of Marina and the Diamonds and La Roux to 1960s Motown music. Her first North American release, the EP Sleepwalker, recently premiered on ArtistDirect.

Her new music video, "If You Died In The Morning", is a fun, effective visual presentation that compliments the EP’s opening number. The song is basically about a being wronged in a relationship and eventually coming out of it all right ready to begin again. The lyrics are a bit hyperbolic but it is all done for a specific reason and everything works together to stress her point.

In a brief e-interview Speckhard discussed both the song itself and the music video:

"The song came about really organically in that my producer and friend were teasing me about being terribly melodramatic. I tend to write a lot about heartbreak and the feeling that someone did you wrong. They were making fun of my tendency to be a bit harsh, and we started riffing on that. I think a lot of people can relate to that feeling of wishing an ex would just sink into the ground and metaphorically ‘die’ and just thinking you'd be better off without their lying, cheating self.”

Speckhard recalls: “I saw some of the director Chastity Corset's work through my friend Benji Banks, an amazing creative director and stylist, and we felt like she would get the humor in the song - of course you don't really wish something terrible would happen to someone you once loved, and I wanted to work with someone who got that tongue in cheek vibe. Benji helped us flesh out the scenes, using bright colors to get that happy vibe to really match up with the real core message of the song: ‘if you died in the morning/ I would be alright’. “

She adds: “In a very weird way, it kind of ends up being a positive ‘I'll get through this!’ kind of song, though it follows me and my lecherous on-screen boyfriend through some negative things. I wanted to focus on that positive idea - I'll be fine! But first I'm gonna just show you a little bit (via the video) how I got this mad in the first place.”

Speckhard concludes: “In the end, I always want my songs to be empowering to myself and to other women. Everyone needs a good cathartic break up anthem now and then - I'm hoping this song can join the ranks as a good one to shout when you're feeling mad."

She is currently a semi-finalist in the Unsigned Only Music Competition in the Pop Category competing against other solo artists from across the globe. It’s produced by the same people who created the International Songwriting Competition (ISC).

Speckhard is hard at work playing a series of gigs to promote her new material. In fact, her next appearance is on July 27 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 in New York City, New York. - AXS


Exclusive premiere of new EP Sleepwalker on February 24, 2015. - Artist Direct


Text all in Greek (in Greek edition of the Magazine). - People Magazine


Article one of a two part series about new EP Sleepwalker. - Music Historian


Part two of an article about Leah Speckhard's new release, Sleepwalker. - Music Historian


In Greek in both print and digital versions. - Glow Magazine


I love learning about other musicians, especially if they are influenced by Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill, Ben Folds, Lykke Li, Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds, La Roux, and 60′s Motown music. The only musician that I know of who’s music is influenced by such a diverse, yet distinct roster of artists is Leah Speckhard.

Leah was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in 4 countries. Her début album, Pour Out Your Heart Like Water, is full of catchy melodies and lots of love. Speaking of love, Leah also draws musical inspiration from her love life and the complicated nature of romantic relationships. - Mike Veny


Discography

Sleepwalker - Independently released EP - February 24, 2015

Pour out your heart like water - Record with Legend (major Greek label)

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Bio

Leah Speckhard is an artist that celebrates what it’s like to come of age in today’s increasingly global community.  The daughter of a US diplomat, Leah spent her teenage years living in Belarus, Belgium and Greece, the latter in which she found her voice as a ballad-driven songstress and was signed to Greek major label Legend Records.   Through Legend Speckhard released the album Pour Out Your Heart Like Water, which received positive press in both People Magazine and Athens’ largest newspaper, Proto Thema.  Her songs, which attempt to decipher and emote the complicated nature of romantic relationships, are inspired by a diverse array of artists and genres, from Marina and the Diamonds and La Roux to 60s Motown music.

Once more a global transplant, Speckhard moved to Brooklyn and has played gigs showcasing her emerging talent at Manhattan hotspots such as Pianos and Bowery Electric.  Currently she is focusing on expanding her pop credentials to include both hip-hop and house influences, and released her new EP, Sleepwalker, on February 24, 2015 via an exclusive stream on Artist Direct's website.

Speckhard moved to New York to give her music a shot in the US market, and found herself feeling both inspired by and lost in the NYC music scene. “I felt the pangs of growing up, or refusing to grow up, on this EP,” Speckhard says, noting that she was influenced in songs like “Time Machine” by reading about the delayed development many twenty-somethings experience in a Girls-esque world. “I really wanted an escape,” Speckhard says, “I wanted something I could both dance and cry to on this EP.”

On Sleepwalker, Speckhard explores themes like heartbreak from a feminist perspective.  “I was reading all these articles about how men convince women that they’re crazy, and stumbled across this feminist term ‘Gaslighting’, taken from an old movie where a guy convinces his wife she’s going crazy by flickering lights, and telling her nothing’s happening.  I saw it happening metaphorically to so many women I knew, so that’s where the inspiration for the track ‘Gaslighting’ came from,” Speckhard explains.  

Speckhard has always been driven to explore philosophical and moral issues in her songwriting, and linked them to love. She notes, “Break-ups and relationship pain trigger all this existential angst for people - I realized that when I sit down to write a song, I’m really trying to understand the world around me and make some sense of it.” The evolution from folksy ballads to stronger beats and house rhythms happened naturally as she soaked up some European influences, and realized she wanted the passion and anger in her lyrics reflected in stronger beats and bass lines.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming shows and stream Leah's album here: 

http://www.artistdirect.com/entertainment-news/article/exclusive-ep-premiere-leah-speckhard-sleepwalker-ep/11314311

Leah's tongue-in-cheek music video about a cheating guy for her single "If you died in the morning", released via an exclusive premiere on AXS, can be viewed on Youtube here: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuGNjm6G2TY

 

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