Symphonic/Celtic vocalist LEAH – described affectionately by her fans as “the metal Enya” – is recognized in the music world for her work with established heavy metal musicians such as Eric Peterson of Testament and Dragonlord, Timo Somers of Delain, Troy Donockly of Nightwish and many others. To date, LEAH has released three albums, Of Earth & Angels , Otherworld , and Kings & Queens , as well as several viral videos. Her latest video features an ethereal cover of “The Dragonborn Comes“, the main theme from the massive video game Skyrim. The video has racked up 5,000,000 views on Facebook and nearly 500,000 views on YouTube to date.
Now, LEAH is thrilled to announce that she will release her upcoming full-length album this year (date TBA)! The album, entitled The Quest, will feature a stronger Celtic and fantasy connection in comparison to Kings & Queens, some prog rock elements, and ethereal ambiance, combined with traditional symphonic metal elements.
Learn more about The Quest and help fund this fully independent effort’s release and distribution by supporting LEAH‘s IndieGoGo campaign here.
The IndieGoGo campaign includes merchandise perks featuring t-shirts, CDs, digital wallpapers, a LEAH wood box with lock and key, autographed photos, and more.
Hear a sample of new music from The Quest here:
In addition to LEAH‘s own vocals, keys, and orchestrations on The Quest, the album will feature an impressive international cast of guest musicians – including Troy Donockley of Nightwish on pipes and flutes, Barend Courbois of Blind Guardian on bass guitar, Timo Somers of Delain on rhythm and lead guitars, Sander Zoer formerly of Delain on drums and percussion and Chen Balbus of Orphaned Land on Middle Eastern Saz and Oud. The album will feature mixing and mastering from Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Amaranthe), as well as orchestration, arrangement and production from Oliver Philipps (Everon, Phantasma, Delain).
The Quest track listing:
1. The Quest
2. Edge of Your Sword
3. Lion Arises
5. Ruins of Illusion
8. Oblivion (Between Two Worlds)
9. Ghost Upon a Throne
10. The Water Is Wide
“I am totally delighted to work with the guest musicians on this album. Each and every individual is an expert at what they do, and I only wanted the best for these songs, as we were developing toward a very specific sound, which was a rock/metal album with a Celtic and fantasy twist,” says LEAH. “This album was truly an international effort!”
Regarding the album’s beautiful artwork, LEAH adds, “The artwork for The Quest was inspired by immersing myself in fantasy and fiction during the writing of this album.I also wanted to make the visual imagery more about the music, the culture, and the visual representation of the songs, rather than me – the songwriter and vocalist.I consider my voice just one of many instruments which creates the overall sound. I wanted this artwork to compliment my vision of taking you on a real journey. Thanks to the talent of Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Studios, we were able to make this idea, this vision, possible.”
Stay tuned for more details coming regarding the release of The Quest!
LEAH is a fan-described “Celtic vocal goddess” hailing from the coast of British Columbia, Canada, and is inspired by Celtic and world music influences such as Clannad and Enya to European symphonic and progressive metal influences. Her debut self-released album Of Earth & Angels received international critical acclaim, including landing the “The Best Symphonic Metal Album” Metalstorm Award for 2012. Her 2013 release, Otherworld, is a five-song Celtic-metal masterpiece, mixed by Christian “Moschus” Moos at SPACELAB in Germany (Delain, Everon, Imperia) and features the vocals of guitar legend Eric Peterson (Testament/Dragonlord) on the ethereal metal track “Dreamland”. 2014 was very successful year for LEAH as she raised over $27,000 through Indiegogo via her fans to record and produce her heaviest album, Kings & Queens, which was eventually released in early 2015 through Inner Wound Recordings. The album received dozens of four and five-star reviews, and helped her gain thousands of new fans around the world. Just like her beautiful music and vocal approach, the future is bright for LEAH!