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"Local artists pen songs of world harmony"


A song is a powerful tool. And one new CD is filled with songs of power, including two with local ties.

'oneness" a compilation of songs to promote racial harmony, features two tracks penned by two Waterbury artists: Producer/Songwriter Bobbi Tammaro of Funkeeboy Music and performer/Songwriter Leila. The disc is in support of the Oneness organization, based in California and on the web at www.oneness.org.

"the organizations main goal is to promote the elimination of racism through music and tha arts," Tammaro said, adding that Leila made the initial contact for the pair to head to the west coast. "They contacted her after hearing her music on the internet and they liked it because her music is multi-cultural."

Leila, a native of Spain who calls Waterbury home, has been performing and recording in the area for years. Her music, a blend of LAtin, rhythm and blues, dance and soul, creates a world pop sound that bridges countries and continents. Her album, "Of Life," is available at www.cdbaby.com/leila

Via the power of the internet, countless copies of Leila's songs have traveled around the world, and the singer often receives letters and e-mails form fans as far awya as Japan. She has performed at several notable venues, including Mohegan Sun Arena, the B.B. King Blues Club at foxwoods Resort casino and Michael Jackson's infamous Neverland Ranch.

Two years ago, the Oneness Organization invited Tammaro and Leila out to Los Angeles to participate in a "songwriting summit" Participants were split up into small groups and each was given a few hours to write a song 'to embrace humanity," Tammaro said.

At the end of the day the groups presented their work, some of which is now included on the compilation disc. Tammaro's and Leila's individual songs are both featured on the new CD, which features the work of songwriters who write for some of the music industry's most popular artists.

"Leila's song "Change," is a collaboration with K.C. Porter, who works with Santana, Ricky Martin, Toni Braxton and others; and Frankie Richard, who pens for Patti LaBelle. Leila also sings on the track.

Tammaro co-wrote his track, "What We All Need Now," with Seven, of Seven & The Sun, who also sings on the tune.

The ability to work among great songwriters, like Lamont Dozier of Motown fame, was a memorable moment for Tammaro.

"Just to be in the same room with him and the best writers in the world...It was enlightening," he said.

The presence of Tammaro and Leila among the world's greatest songwriters was not a fluke, either. The two musicians are prolific songwriters in their own right, and it's not the first time their songs have been presented to a national audience.

Tunes penned by Leila and Tammaro have been featured on a variety of films and television shows, including 'All My Children," "Days Of Our Lives," "Young & The Restless," "General Hospital," "Ripley's Believe It or Not," "Beverly Hills,90210," and made for TV films on HBO and Showtime.

Like Leila's, Tammaro's credits feature an impressive list of notable achievements. He has worked with a variety of artists, both local and international, including Waterbury's own Marty Q and Lomon Andrews and Canada's Tadros. His latest achievement is a new DVD teaching the essentials of songwriting. Tammaro's achievements are chronicled on his Web site, www.funkeeboymusic.com

Leila's latest venture will be fashion with a good cause. The singer is developing a line of handbags to coincide with her "Oneness" work.

"(The handbags,) celebrate ethnicity and multiculturalism and feature little embellishments like pan flutes and Guatemalan worry dolls, pictures donated from photographers of kids from all over the world," Leila said. The singer is currently researching manufacturing and investigating retail outlets for her designs.

To find out more about the singer, see her videos or hear her songs, log on to www.leilasworld.com or www.cdbaby.com/leila

The "Oneness" compact disc is available at www.oneness.org and www.cdbaby.com/oneness - Kellie Lambert McGuire -The Republican American


"Leila unites with music legends for Oneness"

Singer/songwriter Leila, whose work skyrocketed on the MP3.com music charts with an unprecedented 6 #1 concurrent positions, propelling her into the ranks of India Arie and Pink, was recently given the chance to make music with some industry heavyweights.

The Latin-born independent artist and songwriter was chosen as one of only 40 up & coming writers, invited to attend the "invitation only" ONENESS SONGWRITER's SUMMIT in Los Angeles, with such industry greats as Narada Michael Walden, Lamont Dozier & KC Porter, as well as several others who have worked with Celine Dion, Ricky Martin and Santana among others.

Oneness, whose aim is to promote racial unity through music, supported by such artists as Brian McKnight and Santana, paired Leila up with KC Porter (Toni Braxton, Santana fame)as well as Frankie Richard (who wrote for Patti Labelle).

Leila came across the organization after discovering a link on a music website. "I found a parallel between (Oneness') logo/company name and mine, Power Of One Music," said the Argentinian-born Leila, who was raised in Spain.

Leila whose music has been described as "A delicious fusion" of Soul, Rhythm and blues, Latin and World Music, focuses on human connections and the need for community in some of her songs. "No matter where I've gone, I've noticed we all have the same needs."

The artists, songwriters and producers at the event were placed in small groups and given approximately 6 hours to write a song touching on unity and peace. "It was one of the most spiritually and emotionally fullfilling days of my life and the music created that day can only be described as divine." said Leila.

The song entitled 'This Is My Place' co-written by the threesome will be available on a soon to be released compilation CD.

Leila's debut record titled "Of Life" is also now available at cdstreet. The CD features a warm, seductive fusion of Soul, Brazilian Rythms, R&B and Worldbeat flavors such as Flamenco Guitar and Latin percussion! 18 tracks for you! Pick up your copy today.
- B Mandel - Waterbury Republican


Discography

**TELEVISION PLACEMENTS**

* The Young And The Restless
* Days Of Our Lives
* All My Children
* Ripley's Believe It or Not
* HB0's “Soulfood" series
* Beverly Hills 90210
* Sunset Beach
* General Hospital
* One Life To Live
* Love Boat ( The Next Wave)
* It's Like You Know (after school special)
* several made for tv movies including
"They Call Me Sir” starring Michael Clark Duncan of the Green Mile

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

Leila was recently chosen as one of only 40 up and coming writers invited to attend the "Oneness Songwriter Summit" with such industry greats as Narada Michael Walden, MOTOWN LEGEND Lamont Dozier and KC Porter (of Santana, Toni Braxton and Ricky Martin fame) The song entitled "Change" co-written by Leila, K.C. and Frankie Richard (who has written for Patti Labelle) was recently released on the Oneness compilation CD entitled "Songs Of Hope And Unity," alongside artists Carl Thomas, Malik Yusef and Terry Dexter and is available at www.cdbaby.com/oneness

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Bio

Leila pronounced (Lay-la) is a multi talented, multilingual artist/songwriter with the capability of reaching many different cultures and crossing many musical genres.

A truly international artist, she was born in Argentina to Spanish parents, grew up in Barcelona and Valencia Spain and later moved to Canada.

Embracing Soul, R&B and Latin rhythms with "World" undertones, Leila's sound is a soulful, seamless combination of passionate rhythms, percolating grooves, steamy, sensual vocals and romantic flamenco guitar.

Her independently released “Of Life” with tracks recorded in both English and Spanish resulted in a huge worldwide fan base. Voted best R&B artist on Cyberstation U.S.A. an online radio station with an audience of over 2 million listeners, Leila also made the top of every online music site she can be found on . These include, the late MP3.com and other sites as follows with:

* #1, #2 & #3 on the R&B chart
* #1, #2, #3 and #4 on the Soul chart
* #1 on the Latin/Pop charts
* #1 in Spiritual/Easy Listening
* #1 on the World Fusion chart
* #2 in the pop/love songs chart
* #16 on MP3.com Overall TOP 40 chart across all genres
* #1 on Soundclick
* #5 and #6 on Garageband
* The top 5 best rated R&B songs - Digizaar
* 6 out of the top 10 in DIGITAL SALES - Digizaar
* 5 out of the top 10 best rated World/Latin songs - Digizaar
* # 1 on Sonic Garden

(Charts compiled from most requested, most streams, digital sales, best rated, most added to playlists and song page traffic/hits)

ABOUT POWER OF ONE MUSIC:

Power Of One Music/Funkeeboy LLC. was established to provide music for the Television, Film and Advertising industry, both small, independents as well as larger projects.

Along with songwriting partner/collaborator Bobbi "Funkeeboy" Tammaro, the team actively writes, produces, hires musicians and records songs to specification in order to suit the needs of a particular scene or intended usage.

Power of One Music's song catalog is extensive and covers a multitude of genres ranging from Latin rhythms such as Flamenco, Brazilian, Cuban (and crossover flavors) Jazz, Soul, R&B, Rock, Easy Listening and pop and features a variety of vocalists.

TELEVISION PLACEMENTS INCLUDE:

* The Young And The Restless
* Days Of Our Lives
* All My Children
* Ripley's Believe It or Not
* HB0's “Soulfood" series
* Beverly Hills 90210
* Sunset Beach
* General Hospital
* One Life To Live
* Love Boat ( The Next Wave)
* It's Like You Know (after school special)
* several made for tv movies including
"They Call Me Sir” starring Michael Clark Duncan of the Green Mile

HUMANITARIAN CAUSES:

Leila was also recently chosen as one of only 40 up and coming writers invited to attend the "Oneness Songwriter Summit" with such industry greats as Narada Michael Walden, MOTOWN LEGEND Lamont Dozier and KC Porter (of Santana, Toni Braxton and Ricky Martin fame) The song entitled "Change" co-written by Leila, K.C. and Frankie Richard (who has written for Patti Labelle) was recently released on the Oneness compilation CD entitled "Songs Of Hope And Unity," which features among others, Malik Yusef, Carl Thomas and Terry Dexter. Available at www.cdbaby.com/oneness

For more information and to hear Leila's songs log onto her official website www.leilasworld.com or visit www.cdbaby.com/leila

LIVE PERFORMANCES INCLUDE:

She has opened up in concert for Latin Grammy winners Gilberto Santa Rosa, Gisele, Charlie Zaa and Tony Vega at Mohegan Sun Arena and had the opportunity to perform at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch after receiving an invitiation to perform in order to help raise money for The Make A Wish Foundation.

Leila has also performed at The Globe Theatre (Univeral Studios) Hollywood, honoring the legendary Jim Henson and with her exciting Afro/Latin/Funk band and 11 dancers Leila has also appeared at BB King Blues Club - Foxwoods Resort and Casino and Summerfest 2006 to packed audiences!