Leila "Soul Ascension " Now playing on the Ultra Mix
Leila pronounced (Lay-la) is a multi talented, multilingual artist/songwriter that bridges many different cultures. A truly international artist, she was born in Argentina to Spanish parents, grew up in Barcelona and Valencia Spain. She later moved to Canada and now resides in the United States.
Embracing Soul, Smooth Jazz, R&B and Latin "World" rhythms, Leila's sound is a soulful combination of passion, percolating grooves, warm, sensual vocals and romantic flamenco guitar.
"Leila’s music has the depth & soul of India. Arie, the smooth passion of Sade & the warmth of Karen Carpenter”...Baldwin “Smitty” Smith -Jazz Monthly & Wine & Jazz Magazine
Her debut “Of Life” resulted in a huge worldwide fan base and topped several music charts with songs crossing many genres and charting simultaeneously, including several top 10 songs in the genres of Soul, R&B, Latin, Adult Contemporary and reaching the #16 spot on MP3.Com’s Top 40, well above 400,000 songs and artists.
Her latest release, “SOUL ASCENSION” blends lyrical depth, introspection and vulnerability with smooth sultry vocals and an emphasis on humanitarianism, unity and positive uplifting messages. Guest appearances include the brilliant Eric Darius, on the romantic single “Sexy Saxophone”, production by hit songwriter/producer and smooth jazz artist Funkee Boy, world renowned and acclaimed flamenco guitarist Romero, and grammy award winning producer, K.C. Porter (Santana, Ricky Martin, Janet Jackson, Brian McKnight) who is also featured on vocals on the song “Change” with Leila.
Leila's music has been featured on every major network including CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, VH1, HBO, SHOWTIME, and popular shows such as “The Young And The Restless”, “Days Of Our Lives” “All My Children”, HBO's “Soulfood” series, “90210” and several made for TV movies including the ending song on “They Call Me Sir” starring Michael Clark Duncan of “The Green Mile”.
LIVE PERFORMANCES: With her culturally diverse, colorful and exciting live show in celebration of the different rhythms of the world, Leila performed in concert with Latin Grammy winner Gilberto Santa Rosa, Charlie Zaa and Tony Vega, at Mohegan Sun Arena and performed at the legendary, late Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch, by invite only. Leila has also performed at The Globe Theatre (Univeral Studios) Hollywood, honoring the legacy of Jim Henson and at BB King Blues Club - Foxwoods Resort and Casino
Recently, Leila appeared on the CD “Songs of Hope and Unity” as one of only 40 songwriters invited to attend the “Oneness Songwriter Summit” with such industry greats as Brian Culbertson, MOTOWN LEGEND Lamont Dozier, R&B singer Carl Thomas and KC Porter. Oneness, whose board members include Santana, among other iconic musicians, is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of racial equality and tolerance and aims to spread unity consciousness through music and the arts.