Mix up some pop with lots of blue-eyed soul, add a bit of blues and jazz, and a pinch of funk. Top it off with powerhouse vocals and a few clever lyrics, and you have a combination that sounds a little something like Los Angeles based singer, songwriter, and recording artist, Leah Ashton.
Leah, who has been singing since she could talk and playing piano since age 8, got her start performing in church. As she began to develop as an artist, she moved on to playing in coffee shops, clubs, and other venues around her hometown, the Akron area of Ohio. Coming from a musical family, her early influences range from the styles of jazz, blues, soul, hymns, classic rock, and Disney musicals. In 2005, Leah headed to Indiana in pursuit of a Music Business degree from Anderson University. As a student there, she started writing original material, which she performed in various venues around central Indiana. Her honest lyrics sung with a soulful voice gave her enough attention to be offered a deal with Orangehaus Records, under whom she released a self-titled EP in December of 2007. With Orangehaus she also released two singles: her own version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”, and an original song “After the Rain”. During her time as an Orangehaus artist she continued to play shows in venues across Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, as well as breaking into cities such as Chicago and Nashville.
After her time with Orangehaus Records, Leah continued to pursue her passion for music by writing and recording what turned into another 5 song EP that she released independently in April of 2010. In the EP entitled “Things Better Left Unsaid”, Leah simply sings the things she would never dare say. With a more bluesy, edgy sound than what can be heard in her earlier work, she invites her listeners into secrets and stories of love gone wrong.
Now living in LA, Leah can be found playing her original music all around Southern California, as well as performing with groups such as Vaud and the Villains, a 19-piece 1930’s New Orleans Orchestra and Cabaret show, and DC Babylon and the Hanging Gardens Band, a soul, rock, jazz, and funk Orange County based band.