Sitting across from Leslie DiNicola, you get the warm feeling that you’re sipping coffee with someone like Sandra Bullock or Jennifer Aniston- the sexy and sarcastic “girl next door”. But, something happens when she walks on stage that sheds that comfortable and welcoming exterior and reveals a depth of soul, artistry, and charisma that leaves you paralyzed in your seat thinking one word: Star!
DiNicola arrived in the New York music scene in 2010 with her debut EP, It Resembles Fiction. Produced by Ellis Traver, who has worked in various capacities with Diane Birch, Fischerspooner, Sean Lennon, and Mark Ronson, It Resembles Fiction quickly landed DiNicola among the most prominent emerging indie artists in NYC. She travelled down the east coast that summer performing the National Anthem for various major league sports teams only to return to New York and be invited to perform for more, including the NY Rangers at Madison Square Garden and the NY Mets at Citi Field. She began playing sold out shows all over NYC and opening for renowned artists like October Project and Jaymay.
In 2011, DiNicola met musician/producer Julian Coryell (son of the legendary jazz guitarist, Larry Coryell) in Los Angeles. Coryell (Aimee Mann, Leonard Cohen, Jewel, Alanis Morisette) welcomed DiNicola into his studio that he owns with drummer Mark Schulman (P!nk, Cher, Foreigner) and engineer/mixer Erich Gobel (John Mayer, Ray Charles). The two recorded a brilliant 5 track collection of cover songs called Draw Back Your Bow that is full of fresh surprises and satisfying inevitabilities. Coryell’s compelling arrangements support DiNicola’s warm and sensual voice throughout the album, while her tour de force vocals move flawlessly from vulnerable and polished strokes into raw and empowering slaps. Shortly after it’s release, Draw Back Your Bow gained worldwide attention for DiNicola. Her covers of Separate Ways by Journey and With Or Without You by U2 peaked on the CMJ charts all over the country.
DiNicola returned to Los Angeles in 2012 to record another 5 track EP with Coryell. This time, a collection of her original songs entitled, Some Greener Yard. A release date has been scheduled for mid 2013, though songs from the album have already been stirring up anticipation throughout the NY music scene. The final track from the EP, It’s Alright, was featured in a 2012 September 11th Campaign and members of October Project were so impressed with the album, they asked DiNicola to create a new interpretation of their hit, Take Me As I Am.
For this project, DiNicola paired with Multi-Grammy winning producer, Ron Allaire (Keith Richards, Madonna, David Bowie), at the famous Chung King Studios in NYC. DiNicola’s unique and hauntingly beautiful interpretation of Take Me As I Am is set to be released as a bonus track on the October Project complilation album, October Project: Covered, in December 2013.