We have been hearing about Leah Turner for a little while now. It seems like every day someone we have talked to has mentioned her. Cre8tive reviews decided to finally take the hints these folks were dropping and listen for ourselves. We went straight to the source and visited Turners webpage, which is well put together and easy to navigate. Sure, there were a lot of photos of this gorgeous girl on there, but we wanted to learn more about her first, even before listening to her EP.
Her Bio begins with “Leah Turner has a ready laugh that conveys all the joy and adventure she finds in life, and a voice with the power and grit to personify its ups and downs. The combination makes her one of country’s most compelling new artists, someone with the talent and personality to own any stage–or studio–she walks onto. It’s earned her a spot on Brad Paisley’s 2014 tour and made her debut single, her co-penned track with Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure, “Take the Keys,” a Top 40 hit at country radio.
Leah’s distinctive voice and fiery personality make her unlike anyone on the current scene, and both are outgrowths of a life journey that could have led nowhere but Nashville. It began on the ranch where she grew up, the daughter of a rodeo champion, in California’s Morongo Valley.”
As it continued, we knew that we had found a great new artist, that was full of rich musical history, a unique voice and couldn’t wait to head over to iTunes to listen to her newly released EP on Columbia Nashville.
For this interview, we decided to bring in another guest reviewer to join P and K. He is a former rock and roller, but heavy hitting country artist who plays over 100 shows a year all over the U.S. and in other countries. He was featured on a CMT reality show in 2007 and is a very talented writer. A special thanks to our guest reviewer “R” for helping us out on this one!
Here’s what the team thought about Turners EP:
R -Leah has a good country look. Being from the LA area, I am not convinced she is a die-hard country singer. She may have been pointed in that direction as an avenue for her music, because pop is so saturated where she’s from. Jessica Simpson tried this a few years back and failed. It doesn’t hurt than she is touring this year with Brad Paisley, who consistently takes traditional country and modernizes it.
The way her new single “Pull me back” is produced is very pop with not much country influence to her sound. That kind of sound can be pulled off by Taylor Swift, because she’s got 3+ albums under her belt. Leah’s first single “Take the keys” was right on the money for the new country sound that would garner two thumbs up with traditional country fans. It became a top 40 hit.
Her voice is great. It sounds incredibly mature for someone her age. It’s as if she lived a long life before hitting the music scene. That, or she spent her early years smoking cigarettes for breakfast. Either way, the result is a solid/full vocal.
Regardless, she has the right team behind her, and the talent (singing & writing) to back it up, so she deserves the success that will be coming her way in 2014. Luck is preparation meeting opportunity. When the opportunity came, she was all over it like a fat kid on a twix bar.
P– Leah Tuner is a California girl with a country spirit and that California feeling in her music. With strong vocals and writing Leah is set to go far in today’s music. All of her songs seem to be around cars, driving and loving/leaving. I feel Leah has a great start to a very long music career. She is a great song writer in her own right and voice is just unique enough to stand out from all the rest.