Leah Pritchard and The Drive
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Leah Pritchard and The Drive

Eclectic, Alabama, United States

Eclectic, Alabama, United States
Band Country Pop


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"Tallassee Graduate is Kowaliga Idol"

by Michael Butler

Tallassee's own, Leah Pritchard is "Kowaliga Idol." Ala the "American Idol," Leah won a contest in Alex City among several performers to proclaim the title.
She comes from the Jerry Cunningham music program at Tallassee High School. She is currently attending Central Alabama Community College on a music scholarship. Jerry leads a choir class there in Alex City. Leah is a member.
"She is very open to instruction and easy to work with," Cunningham said. "She has a great disposition. You want to see her do well. She's consistent and gives her best everytime. She's a real sweetheart."
Leah is not only a singer, but a songwriter too. Two of her singles, "Mason Jar," and "Finally the Weekend," have been recorded and produced in the studio. Leah's first CD is expected to be complete in a few months.
Leah thought she might take the road of trying to be a pop star like most musicians her age. "I have so much more of a background with country music," she said. "I've grown up listening to it." Leah lists some of her country music influences as: Miranda Lambert, Randy Travis, Sammy Kershaw, Wynonna Judd, Carrie Underwood, John Conlee, Tanya Tucker and Faith Hill.
Leah attended a seminar last year at Troy University on "How to Get a Record Deal." Tallassee Mayor George McCain taught the session featuring several executives from Nashville. "Leah was inspired. She is ambitious. I'm convinced she'll become a significant part of the music industry," he said.
In addition to her performances in the choir, Leah has sung in front of audiences at the Tallassee Street Dance and the Chamber of Commerce's Trade Day. "It's a lot different when you're up there by yourself, unlike being in the show choir," Leah said.
Leah will be a V.I.P. guest at the Sticks Country Festival next month in Auburn. She is a big fan of Trace Atkins, who is scheduled to perform. "I'll probably pass out when I see him," Leah said.

- Tallassee Times


- CD titled "Finally the Weekend" (8 original songs)

- Airplay
-- Finally the Weekend, Mason Jar, and Home Kowaliga Home in rotation on WKGA 97.5 FM, Alexander City, AL
-- Boston and Finally the Weekend in rotation on WTLS 106.5 FM, Tallassee,AL

- EP titled "Demonstration from the Heart" (6 original songs)
- Ashes, Wildman Steve Radio and 95.1FM Fox (Montgomery, AL)
- Stronger Than Your Whiskey, Rooster 106.1 (Columbus, GA)



Leah Pritchard's music, performance, and songwriting is a cross between Miranda Lambert, Gretchen Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, and Sammy Kershaw.

Leah has been very busy over the past year. She has recently performed at the Montgomery Jubilee Cityfest opening for The Lost Trailers and Darius Rucker.

Leah was also recently named the 1st winner of Kowaliga Country radio station (97.5 FM) "IDOL" contest in Alexander City, Alabama.

She can be seen performing around the central Alabama area, anywhere from city festivals to local weddings. She appeared on a local TV program, which featured her on their "Front Porch" and "Barnyard Jamboree" episodes.

Leah was also one of the 64 finalists in the recent CMT.com "Music City Madness" contest for her performance of "City Lights." (original song)

Leah finished recording her first demo CD at Guest House Studios in Eclectic, AL in April 2009. George McCain (Nashville Promoter and Mayor of Tallassee, AL) introduced her at the CD Release party.

Leah is a singer, songwriter, and accomplished performer. Growing up in central Alabama, country music was one of the constants in Leah’s life. From Hank Williams and Alabama, to the more modern Miranda Lambert and Sammy Kershaw, Leah was most influenced by the pure simplicity of their songs, but had heart, soul, and deep-rooted emotion. However, this does not mean that she doesn’t have any rock and roll in her, because when the feeling hits her, a little rock and roll will also pour from her soul and spill into her songs.

Leah's philosophy is: "Country music is about simple songs written from the heart and come from life experiences."