A Conversation with LEAH HARRIS Mark-Xtreme
Leah Harris is a Canadian singer-songwriter inspired by the sounds of Alicia Keys, Prince, Amy Winehouse and Aaliyah. Leah combines Classic Soul and 90s R&B with a modern twist complimented by a light, inspiring songwriting style. Leah’s unique style has been praised by musicians like Montell Jordan, Kabir Sehgal and Valerie Simpson, and her original songs have received over 350,00 streams on more than 800 Spotify playlists.
Leah grew up in Windsor, Ontario, less than ten minutes from Detroit. Guided by musical encouragement from both parents, Leah learned piano from her mother at age four and was introduced to the fundamentals of writing from her father, a Country songwriter, at age nine. By age fifteen, a strong Motown and Blues influence had developed from the nearby Detroit scene, and Leah was performing Soul music at weekly gigs.
In 2008, Leah moved to Boston to study Piano Performance at Berklee College of Music. There she met producer Adam Rhodes, who went on to produce Leah’s first EP “I Don’t Believe inLove,” released in 2014, as well as the more recent “Treat Me Good” EP and single “Don’t Blame Me.” Leah then moved to Sweden in 2015 where she joined the Blues and songwriting scenes, before relocating to Helsinki, Finland to work as education designer of the ‘Yousician Piano’ app.
Leah moved to Dublin in February 2017, which was the base of a two-year independent tour of 13 countries across three continents. At the end of the tour in 2018, Leah moved to New York City and soon after released her EP ”Treat Me Good,” recorded at Brooklyn’s Systems TwoStudios. It didn’t take long for Leah to become a part of the NYC Soul music scene, and within her first month she was invited to perform at such notable venues as Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar, The Delancey, Rockwood Music Hall, Cafe Wha? and Club Groove.
After focusing a few years years on musical development in New York City, Leah headed to Nashville in 2021 to record two original songs with producer Sal Oliveri. The first release, “Shine” was released in May of 2022 at Ashford & Simpson’s Sugar Bar and emphasizes the importance of following one’s own creative journey. Leah continues to perform regularly both in NYC and internationally while also preparing to release her second single of the year in late 2022.