Left on Red

Left on Red

 New York City, New York, USA
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Left on Red is a female vocal, violin, guitar indie folk-rock duo that formed as buskers in the NYC subways. LOR shows consists of original and cover songs diverse in era, genre and language. In addition to busking, Left on Red performs in clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, France and Spain.

Biography

Meet Liah Alonso and Kelly Halloran, collectively known as Left on Red. Left on Red features Liah on guitar and lead vocals and Kelly on violin, guitar, vocals and drums. Left on Red simply means to take your own direction. This dynamic duo is edgy and entertaining, using their spirited songs and harmonies to inspire positive social and environmental changes in the world.

Left on Red's story began when Liah and Kelly decided to make their living exclusively through busking in the New York Subways. Now after 3 years, they have written and recorded 2 EPs, been played on over 150 non-commercial and college radio stations, and wowed audiences of all ages and musical tastes with their unique brand of original songs with catchy melodic hooks and intelligent, often humorous yet socially relevant lyrics and passionate improvisational instrumentation.

In addition to busking, Left on Red performs in clubs and festivals across the US, Canada, France and Spain. Left on Red also takes their music directly to people who otherwise are unable to enjoy live music by performing at the bedsides of patients in hospitals and nursing homes through Musicians On Call and also for domestic violence survivors at YWCA Shelters. Left on Red also performs for war veterans including on shared bills with Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine, Street Sweeper Social Club) and his organization Axis of Justice.

Their self-titled CD features an entertaining range of genres and topics that appeal to both men and women of all ages. "Shine" is a song about the light that lives inside all of us that we share with the world. “Shop” finds Left on Red singing about America’s addiction to retail, “Crash and Burn” deals with the poisoning of our food, while the self explanatory “High Heel Blues” and the duo’s first single “Jack and Jill” will hit home with anyone whose dealt with societal expectations. Whether they’re rockin’ the NYC subway platform or a stage with a backing band, Left On Red's music leaves audiences inspired, empowered and happy.

NOTABLE VENUES:

CALIFORNIA:
Hotel Cafe - Showcase with Axis Of Justice:
Tom Morello, Dani Harrison, Wayne Kramer of MC5, G Love and Ben Harper.

ASCAP Expo Showcase Stage
ASCAP Expo video promo feature

San Diego: Indie Music Festival

NEW YORK CITY - Metro Area
The Bitter End
Riverside Church
Ace of Clubs
The National Underground
Huntington Cinema Arts Center
Southpaw
The Director’s Chair with Jonathan Clarke (TV)
Hilton Hotel- Staten Island NY -Women's Achievement Awards
w/Whoopi Goldberg and Mayor Bloomberg
Flannery’s
MUNY: NYC Subway Musicians
Grand Central Station, Penn Station,
Union Square Station, Central Park, Wall Street, etc.
PeaceSmiths Coffeehouse - Long Island
The Underground Lounge

NEW YORK - Western/Upstate and Canada
Babeville, Buffalo, NY
Cicada Festival Main stage
Corn Hill Arts Festival
Elmwood Arts Festival (Main stage)
Kids stage with Michael Meldrum and The
Buffalo Song Project
Nietzsche’s - Buffalo, NY
YWCA - Women’s Shelter
Funk N Waffles - Syracuse, NY
The FlipSide - Rochester,NY
The Lovin Cup - Rochester,NY
Spot Coffee - Rochester,NY
Moon and River Cafe - Schenectady, NY

AUSTIN, TX
SXSW/RED GORILLA Showcase

NASHVILLE, TN
The Listening Room
12th and Porter
Bongo Java
Edgehill Studios
12th Street Taproom
Vanderbilt Hospital
VA Veteran’s Hospital

WASHINGTON DC
The National Labor College
The Grog and Tankard

PHILADELPHIA, PA
Drexel University Radio
Drexel University - Late Night Series

INTERNATIONAL
SPAIN: Bar Sete Flores
PARIS: Courtyard near Sacre Coeur

ORGANIZATIONS LOR Performed/Fundraised
Axis of Justice
CodePink
Communities for Learning
Engineers Without Borders
The Ethical Culture Society
IVAW
Musicians on Call
Veterans For Peace
World Laughter Day
World March For Peace and Nonviolence

For more information on Left on Red, please visit www.leftonredmusic.com.

Lyrics

Shine

Written By: LEFT ON RED (Alonso/Halloran)

Lights on the water
lights in the dark
shining through a city park
candles in the fountain
glowing in the night
step out of the darkness
and join me in the light

Oh, Oh
Shine your love on me tonight
there's no need to feel alone
with all these people standing by

Lights in the city
casting off a glow
lights we're so afraid to show
embrace the light your hiding
it's burning to break free
can't you feel it shining inside of you and me
Oh, Oh
Shine your light on me tonight
there's no need to feel alone
with all these people standing by your side (yeah)

Shine on me tonight
Let love be tonight
Shine on me tonight
We're all free tonight
If your burning to break free
come on and shine your light on me
We're all free tonight

Shine on me tonight
Let love be tonight
Shine, shine, shine your light on
shine with me tonight

Jack and Jill

Written By: LOR (Alonso/Halloran) and Scott Davis for LifeofRhyme Productions

When I was three
my momma told me
cute little girls shouldn't play outdoors.
When I was five
my daddy said I
acted too much like I was four.

Oh, and so I tried so hard
to be their little star
but somewhere along the way..

I fell
Down from their heaven
Guess angel didn't fit me
Too well
I lost my halo and wings
when I escaped from hell.
The girl they expected to see
grew up and turned into me.

In college I tried
to be someone's bride
but he needed a maid and a mommy.
I got my first job
working for a corporate snob
but he wanted cream with his coffee.

Oh, feeling so confused
and sick of being used
I broke out of my cage and

Fell
Down from their heaven
Guess angel didn't fit me
Too well
I lost my halo and wings
when I escaped from hell
The girl they expected to see
grew up and turned into me.

Society and magazines are telling me
who's who, who I should,
and who I shouldn't be.
they're sizing me up,
and tearing me down,
but they won't break my will.
You can't label me or put me in a box.
I'm a little snow white,
a little Goldie-locks.
I'm Tarzan and Jane,
Able and Cain,
and I'm Jack and Jill cause I

Fell
down from their heavens guess angel didn't fit me too well
oh well
I lost my halo and wings
when I escaped from

Hell
Down from their heaven
guess angel didn't fit me too
well
I lost my halo and wings
when I escaped from hell
The girl they expected to see
grew up and turned into me.

yeah, she turned into me
mhm yeah, she turned into me.

Shop

Written By: LOR (Alonso/Halloran) and Stuart Mathis

Alarm goes off and I’m out the door
and I’m late again like the day before
got a million problems and an angry boss
and a credit card
Cause I owe lots of money to folks I don’t know
So I gotta go to work and watch the clock go slow
Every night I get out and walk down the street
all the big billboards call out to me

give yourself what you need..
I just wanna shop
I can buy my happy at the mall
go ahead and shop
get it now and have it all
give yourself what you need

dress for success cause clothes make the man
shop till you drop and get what you can
who I am is what you see
I can buy my identity
even your surgeon could cut a great deal
get your face your face peeled
get your wrinkled sealed
take care of all your imperfect bits
get yourself some some bigger tits

chorus

I shop there fore I am
these things make me feel who I think I am
and I know who I am..
stop I got to get this scanned
if I cant afford it I can still get it
I can put myself on credit
I just bought happiness on sale
called the qvc it just came in the mail

Chorus

doo doo doo
I sit at home alone at night on my bed thinking of you,
those beautiful perfect shoes that I saw so high and pointy and fresh sitting all alone in the window at prada I cant afford you baby but I still gotta get you home with me, I need you
babies
your tip toed your way into my heart
whow yeah

Chorus

when I’m lonely when I'm sad
I can always shop and it wont be so bad x2
shop shop shop shop till you drop
shop shop shop never gonna stop x3

Give yourself what you need.

Ma Grand'mer Charmante

Written By: LOR (Alonso/Halloran)

Ma Grandmer charmante
Oh ma Grandmer charmante
Elle nes pas isi elle’ par tu
do do do do do do

Ma Grandmer charmante
Oh ma Grandmer charmante
Dan le ciel platin

Her heart was full of so much giving
That she took off into the sky
She left me here now I’m still living
Giving the love she left behind

Ma Grandmer charmante
Oh ma Grandmer charmante
Dan le ciel platin

Solo

Her heart was full of so much giving
That she took off into the sky
She left me here now I’m still living
Giving the love she left behind

Ma Grandmer charmante
Oh ma Grandmer charmante
Elle nes pas isi elle par tu
J’ aimere ma Grandmer tus jour x3

High Heel Blues

Written By: LOR (Alonso/Halloran)

High-heel shoes kinda make me feel ridiculous
I trip and fall tryin to be all inconspicuous
Once I believed I needed them around
Come to find out they only bring me down

(CHORUS)
These high heel shoes are kicking my ass
I got these high heel blues I can't walk in the grass
I got the high heel blues
These high heel shoes are taking their tole
I think these high heel shoes are stealin my soul/sole
I got the high heel blues

I wear high-heels but I don’t know why
Every time I wear them I wanna cry
Cause I can’t stand straight and it’s so absurd
I'm walking around like an injured bird
I wonder when beauty meant to be in pain and
Bein myself meant to live in shame
I wonder when beauty meant to be in pain and
Bein myself meant to live in shame…

CHORUS

Feel my feet, I can’t feel my feet
Feel my feet, I can’t feel my feet

Can you take them off my hands?
Can you show me where I stand
Without my High Heel Shoes

Paradigm

Written By: LOR (Alonso/Halloran)

When we’re born
We look the same
As anyone who’s come before and
As we grow
We learn that we
Are different from most everyone we see

CHORUS:
Somebody told me to believe
That you are you and I am me
And if we every disagree
Then you become my enemy
But if we look beyond the lines
Dividing yours, dividing mine
We only have a little time
To redefine the paradigm

When we’re old
We look the same
As everyone who’s reached this age and
As we go
We know that all
That mattered was the love we gave the world

CHORUS

Crash and Burn

Written By: Liah Alonso and Kirsten Kairos

I'm just a no good free lovin', veggie eatin', tree huggin' hippie-chicky girl in the world
I'm just a no good free lovin', veggie eatin', tree huggin' hippie-chicky girl in the world
I want to break your fall if there's any chance at all, let's turn this bus around before we crash and burn, burn, burn.

So eat your chips your fat free dips, your sugar and caffeine, your chemicals, your GMOs your animal protein.
The corporations of this nation are foaming at the mouth, like Cujo, that you know, their gonna kill us from the inside out. Yeah, kill us from the inside out, kill us from the inside out.

I'm just a no good free lovin', veggie eatin', tree huggin' hippie-chicky girl in the world
I'm just a no good free lovin', veggie eatin', tree huggin' hippie-chicky girl in the world
I want to break your fall if there's any chance at all, let's turn this bus around before we crash and burn, burn, burn...

Set Me Free

Written By: Liah Alonso

You've got my heart in captivity
Since you took your love away from me
Now I'm begging you
Baby won't your set me free?
Oh baby set me free..

I'm living in a prison it's too dark to see
forgive me or forget me but let me be
I've served my time
Baby won't you throw me the key?
Oh baby set me free..

I wouldn't say our time was a waste
I gave you my love and you gave me a taste of your heart
Not you want to push me around and mess with my head and put me down.

You told me to go go let me leave
I'm not what you want and you're not what I need
We've had our run
You've taken all you're getting from me
Oh Baby set me free

I wouldn't say our time was a waste
I gave you my love and you gave me a taste of your heart
Not you want to push me around and mess with my head and put me down..
But I'm not your girl and I'm not your clown and I'm not your doormat on the ground, no I'm not your pretty fall-back plan, I'm not the one who will understand..

Your games won't work on me
Your chains won't work on me
I'm breaking out, Im breaking out, I'm breaking out..I'm Free.

Oh, Set me free x4
I've served my time, c'mon now and set me free.

Discography

1. Left on Red (self titled) EP - April 2009

The EP is a solid debut, featuring 7 strong and catchy songs that are over too soon. Left On Red recorded the EP in Nashville with Scott Davis (Undo) at LifeOfRhyme Productions. Listeners will enjoy the cheeky and funkdafied tune "Shop", co-written by guitarist/songwriter Stuart Mathis (Jewel, Jacob Dylan, Lifehouse).

Airplay:
LEFT ON RED's self titled EP received a lot of love at radio this year. The album was added and is rotation at over 150 college, Triple A and Non-commercial radio stations across the country. "Jack and Jill" and "Shop" are the most frequently played songs.

RADIO ADDS:
WEXT
WRUR
WLJS
KCAC
KAMP
KCSS
KCRH
KGAR
KGUR
WPMD
KSSU
KRCX
KURA
WESU
WCNI
WECS
WPKN
WRTC
WRGW
WNSU
WVVS
KKCR
KTUH
KWAR
WMCR
WGBK
WIIT
WMXM
WARG
WLTL
WRSE
WVKC
WLCA
WRDP
WVUR
WISU
WCYT
WWHR
KNWD
KSCL
WKKL
WSKB
WTBU
WSCW
WMUC
WUMF
WUMM
WHSN
WNMC
WMHV
WLSO
WXOU
WUPX
KMSC
KFAI
KMSU
KQAL
KWUR
KMNR
WUSM
KDWG
WQFS
KNDS
CHMR
WFDU
WRRC
WPSC
NVWR
M3 Radio New York
WAIH
WCVM
WCWP
WDWN
WHCL
WKWZ
WRHU
WSPN
WARY
WTSC
WMCO
WCBE
WLHS
WUSO
KRSC
CSCR
CILU
KDUP
KEOL
KPSU
WPPJ
WARC
WMUH
WNJR
WSFX
WSRU
WSYC
WVMM
WVOU
WPTS
CIXS
WSBF
WMTS
KTSW
KANM
KSAU
RADIO UTD
KTRL
KWCR
KZMU
WMLU
WVRU
WVCW
KWCW
WCCX
WRNC
WSRI
WSUP
KUWS

Set List

Left on Red perform both original and cover songs in English, Spanish, Italian and French. They swap instruments and keep the show fresh, fun and unpredictable. They are booked as a duo or full band with bass and drums etc.

SAMPLE SET LIST:

1. Crash and Burn
2. Left on Red (theme song about taking your own direction)
3. Jack and Jill
4. Grandmer Charmante (French)
5. Folsom Prison Blues Cover (with violin looping middle-eastern sounding intro)
6. Shop
7. High Heel Blues (Lament about Liah's Love/hate relationship with high-heels;)
8. Gone, Long Gone
9. Amor Al Rededor (Spanish)
10. Way of the Zebra
11. The Extra Mile
12.Shine
Encores. Thank you for your Time, Smile (A new twist on a 1930's classic

COVER SONG REQUESTS/SELECTIONS:

POP/ROCK:
Alanis Morisette - One Hand in My Pocket
Alicia Keys – Fallen
Beatles – Something, Hey Jude, Across the Universe, If I
fell, Eleanor Rigby. etc.
Bette Midler – Wing beneath my wings
Billy Joel – Piano man
Bruce Springst