Leighanne

Leighanne

BandFolkAcoustic

With a unique vocal ability and range, accompanied by her dynamic piano playing, Leighanne`s enigmatic and thought approached style delivers an inimitable blend of sensitivity and emotion lyrically and vocally.

Biography

Passionate and emotively powerful, the music of Leighanne draws you in relatedness to the experience of being human. The strong emotion evident in her song stories captures her audience, drawing them into honest reflection. Her belief in passion and purpose, while acknowledging the pain in life, takes the listener on a journey toward a sense of light and hope. She writes because she has something important to say.

Based in the city of Melbourne, Australia, Leighanne is a creative and experienced musician amongst the local scene. Her genre of music encompasses styles similar to Kate Bush, Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, yet her style is still most categorically unique.

With a vocal ability ranging at times from rich alto to pure coloratura soprano, accompanied by her dramatic piano playing, the music of Leighanne is a heartfelt experience the listener won`t forget.

Leighanne`s love of music began with her comprehensive studies in classical piano, beginning at the age of 9 and continuing throughout her University studies in Education. Added to this her vocal training in Estill Voice Craft, and Leighanne has been able to enjoy an extensive career in both classroom and private music teaching, songwriting and performing. At present, Leighanne continues to involve herself in live performance work throughout the Melbourne music scene and has also achieved recognition in various songwriting competitions, including:

*Runner Up Best Female Artist (Australia) - Music Aid International Music Awards 2006
*Honourable Mention (Performance category) Unisong International Songwriting Contest 2006
*Top 5 Finalist Australian National Songwriting Competition (ASA)
*Top 100 placement Musicoz Awards 2006
*'Suggested Artists' placement - Song of the Year International Songwriting Contest

'LEIGHANNE' REVIEW - Indie Initiative presented by Inpress magazine (www.indieinitiative.com):

Greyhound Hotel Dec. 2006 -

"She has a wonderful, clear as a bell-like voice. Kate Bush comes to mind. Her songs tend to be filled with words and so at times you wanted to take in more of the lyrics. It can be hard with the spotlight on you as a solo performer, but Leighanne handled it beautifully. Plenty of poise."

Lyrics

Protector Noster

Written By: Leighanne Davies

(Lyrics - English/Latin)

Lily of the Valley, hold me tight
Lily of the Valley, walk with me tonight
Lily of the Valley, hold me tight
Lily of the Valley - protector noster Domine...(Translation: Oh Lord, my Protector)

Though I walk through the shadow of death, I`m not afraid
Though I walk in darkness, you light the way
Beyond ourselves your voice thunders down through the rain
I will embrace you, be not afraid-

Protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
Protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
(Oh Lord, my protector X4)

BRIDGE - ooh...

Lily of the Valley, light the way
Lily of the Valley, walk with me today
Lily of the Valley, light the way
Lily of the Valley - protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
(Oh Lord, my protector X2)

Oh captive daughter, run to the winds
Oh captive daughter, rise to your warrior King
The sword you fought by, the grail you raised
I will embrace you, be not afraid

Protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
Protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
(Oh Lord, my protector X4)

BRIDGE - ooh...

Non est ad astra mollis e terris via
(Translation: There is no easy way from the earth to the stars)
Anima mea ad Dominum, frangar non flector
(My soul has hoped in the Lord. I am broken but not deflected)
Transit umbra, per ardua ad astra
(Shadow passes. Through difficulties to the stars)
Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos - pactum serva
(If God is with us, who is against us - keep the faith)
Protector noster Domine, protector noster Domine
Protector noster Domine, protector noster -
(Oh Lord, my protector X4)

Lily of the Valley, hold me tight
Lily of the Valley, walk with me tonight
Lily of the Valley, hold me tight
Lily of the valley - protector noster Domine....(high vocal held)
(Oh Lord, my protector)

Protector noster Domine X8 to fade

Knots Are Beautiful

Written By: Leighanne Davies

Life is a tapestry - you gotta hang on for the ride
Knots are beautiful - you gotta see the other side
Underneath the sky I run and underneath I hide
I gaze at the mystery and wonder well inside

Chorus
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign beauty
Bathed in love and light
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign opposites
Bathed in wrong and right

The glaring darkness and the circling rain
The searing light of day and the tearing pain
Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Oh, life is beautiful afterall

Chorus
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign beauty
Bathed in love and light
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign opposites
Bathed in wrong and right

Life is a tapestry - you gotta hang on for the ride
Knots are beautiful - you gotta see the other side
Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Oh, life is beautiful after all

Chorus
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign beauty
Bathed in love and light
Bathed in penchant darkness
Bathed in searing light
Bathed in foreign opposites
Bathed in wrong and right

Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Is this what we come here for-
Oh, life is beautiful after all X2

Oh, life is beautiful after all - oh, life is beautiful after all...(repeat to fade)

Hey Girl

Written By: Leighanne Davies

Hey girl - what you `wanna say, girl
Your mind`s gone astray, girl
You need a holiday

Hey girl - what`s that you say, girl
Throw it all away, girl
You need some time to play

Chorus
I go up, I go down, I go round and round
I go up, I go down, I go round and round X2

Hey girl - got to find you way, girl
Got to learn to play, girl
You need a holiday

Hey girl - life`s just a game, girl
With a lot of pain, girl
You got to get away

Chorus
I go up, I go down, I go round and round
I go up, I go down, I go round and round X2

Hey girl, let`s go today, girl
Let`s run away, girl
Let`s take a holiday - ad. lib

BRIDGE
Start today, run away, find a way, go today
Fly away, take a holiday - make time to - X2

Hey girl, what you `wanna say, girl
Make time to play, girl
While you`re on your way

Chorus (variation)
I go up - and I go down, and -
I go up - and I go down, and - X2

BRIDGE
Round and round and round and round and round -
And round and round, and round and round

Instrumental
Hey girl - what you `wanna say, girl
Your mind`s gone astray, girl
You need a holiday

Chorus (variation)
I go up - and I go down, and -
I go up - and I go down, and - X2

BRIDGE
Round - round - round - round - ad. lib

Jami

Written By: Leighanne Davies

JAMI

Fragile human beings
Think we`re all so strong
How can one person put it right
When it`s all so wrong
Oh, Jami, if I can give to you this song
For you to step ahead in time to see
Just how angry you will be
Is there justice in this promised dream?
Oh Jami--

Will it all engulf you in its hungry flame
Because you can`t see what`s to blame.
Or will you heroically come to fame
With a story to tell of one life in hell
To this day I cannot tell --
I pray you will if you can work through the pain.
Oh Jami--

BRIDGE

You can`t escape your mind
And the lies that you`ve been sold
‘Till you can live life your own way
You can`t run from what you`re told
And I`ll hope you`ll be perceptive enough
To see that you`ve been wronged.
Hope you find your peace today.
Hope you find your peace some way.
Hope you find your peace I pray.
Oh Jami--

BRIDGE

Our minds they haunt and distort the goal
Depending on what we`ve been told.
Hang on, hang on, oh please hang on
Until your mind is strong
And I wish that I could set you free
I wish I could make it right
But just hang on tight, just keep yourself in sight
Until you can decipher for yourself
What is wrong or right.
Oh Jami—

© 1999 Leighanne Davies

Jami

Written By: Leighanne Davies

JAMI

Fragile human beings
Think we`re all so strong
How can one person put it right
When it`s all so wrong
Oh, Jami, if I can give to you this song
For you to step ahead in time to see
Just how angry you will be
Is there justice in this promised dream?
Oh Jami--

Will it all engulf you in its hungry flame
Because you can`t see what`s to blame.
Or will you heroically come to fame
With a story to tell of one life in hell
To this day I cannot tell --
I pray you will if you can work through the pain.
Oh Jami--

BRIDGE

You can`t escape your mind
And the lies that you`ve been sold
‘Till you can live life your own way
You can`t run from what you`re told
And I`ll hope you`ll be perceptive enough
To see that you`ve been wronged.
Hope you find your peace today.
Hope you find your peace some way.
Hope you find your peace I pray.
Oh Jami--

BRIDGE

Our minds they haunt and distort the goal
Depending on what we`ve been told.
Hang on, hang on, oh please hang on
Until your mind is strong
And I wish that I could set you free
I wish I could make it right
But just hang on tight, just keep yourself in sight
Until you can decipher for yourself
What is wrong or right.
Oh Jami—

© 2007 Leighanne Davies

Discography

"Leighanne" - demo 4 track EP
"Dance of Life" - single
"Demo Images" - 8 track acoustic CD
"Protector Noster" - acoustic single
"Knots Are Beautiful" - acoustic single

Set List

Two 45 minute sets - includes original songs from Leighanne`s CD`s as well as a couple of cover tunes, usually Deborah Blando`s "Innocence" and Tori Amos' "Crucify". Original titles from the set list include: No Man`s Land/ Colourless/ Celebration/ No Shelter/ Displaced/ Ordinary/ You to I/ Jami/ Broken/ Senseless Hard Things/ Hey Girl/ Fly/ India/ Free/ Protector Noster/Knots Are Beautiful