We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Reverbnation winner Casey Leigh
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself your story?
Well the journey has been long with lots of ups and downs. Like musicians, at the beginning I tried chasing the signing, but as time went by, it becomes clear that the focus should be more on developing and growing my music into a marketable product, whilst building your fan base along the way. I currently focus on writing, recording and selling and performing my music at shows organised by my management.
Who inspired you to get on stage and perform?
If the question was who inspired you to sing, I suppose you’d get the typical, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and the rest. Being inspired to step onto a stage, that would be the encouragement I got from friends and family when I did the little school concerts and other small performances.
You recorded your first album “Catch 22” last year, how was that do you enjoy the recording process?
Catch 22 was indeed my debut album, however I had previously recorded covers and also my self penned track “Don’t walk away” . I worked on that one with Irelands award winning producer Pat Donne. The track did extremely well in Ireland and on the back of that success, I was invited by the President of Ireland, Mr Michael D Higgins to perform for him and his guests at an official function. The recording process of the album was also absolutely fabulous, I worked with two geniuses, Tim Hawes who has achieved in excess of ten million record sales including five number one singles. He is also a recipient of the prestigious Ivor Novello award for songwriting and known for his work with the Spice Girls, Five, Hear’Say, Sugababes, Mutya Buena, Monrose, Aaron Carter and the list goes on. The other producer Obi Mhondera had his first hit record with “Flip Reverse” which reached no. 2 in the UK Singles Chart. He since has worked with Sugababes, Blue, Mutya and many other known musicians. Working with such experienced and acclaimed producers, has definitely had a phenomenal impact on my songwriting and my general understanding on the process.
What is your most memorable moment as a musician so far?
That will have to be the night of my album release to a crowded venue, beyond capacity and infact the management of the venue told my management that the venue had never in it’s history been filled to such capacity. I have performed to bigger audiences, however that night was THE most special of all my performances.
What is the most interesting place you have performed at?
The residence of the President of Ireland.
Could you tell us a little about your writing process?
Writing the tracks for my album, was a work in progress from at least two years prior to the official release of the album itself. I guess I am one of those that write as I feel inspired and my inspiration at any given time might not necessarily lead me to the last song I was busy with. I could be inspired to start a new song which means I could be busy on three, maybe four songs at a time. In relation to the album, I went into studio with most of the songs on the way but incomplete and together with the team we finished them.
You have been involved with various radio and television programmes, is that something you want to get involved more with?
I was Blessed enough to be invited to take part and contribute to various television shows and radio programmes. These were all opportunities which stemmed from my journey as a musician. I suppose if further opportunities do arise I will welcome them, however my focus is primarily on my music at this time.
We love to discover new artists and musicians here at Artistic Echoes is there anyone you can recommend?
Because I am only just over 18 months residing in the UK and also the fact that most of my shows/concerts are arranged by my management, I haven’t had much time to go out and listen, but I do believe there are a great number of talents out there and my management is actually scouting some fresh talent to share the stage with me in the summer.
What do you have planned for 2016?
We have 6 shows planned for the summer, one in each of the following towns, Aylesbury, High Wycombe, Milton Keynes, Luton, Watford and Hemel Hempstead. These are the shows where some new talent that have only ever performed acoustic or to backing tracks will be invited to sing a few songs backed by my wonderful band. Finally for the month of December I will be touring South Africa with shows in Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London and in Durban.
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