Band of the Day

2014.10.05

Shayna Leigh

Rose-tinted pop singer-songwriter who delicately incorporates touches of country and jazz
Drive back to where you lived, back before you crashed. Yeah you'll find out what you're worth, yeah when you take that curve.
lyrics from Drive

Originally from Orlando, Florida, Shayna Leigh was raised on The Beatles and Carole King, but was also a product of the boy band era. Her mixed influences stayed with her when she moved to New York City for college. Since then, Shayna has taken the musical pulse of the city and translated its long history into a sound that resonates throughout her debut EP, The Cold Hard Truth and the Dream. The EP, consisting of three original songs and produced by Mitchell Cohen (Columbia, Arista, and Verve Records) was released in January 2014 as a free download on Noisetrade.com. The lyric video for “Next to Me” has received over 165,000 views on YouTube. In 2013, Shayna took to the road performing sold-out shows at Rams Head Tavern, The Living Room, Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, World Café Live, and The Stephen Talkhouse. She has even made the hop across the Atlantic to perform in London. Aquarian Weekly called her tour “a triumph.” Shayna is currently recording her second EP with noted songwriter Peter Zizzo (Celine Dion, Elizabeth Gillies), Grammy winning producer Michael Mangini, and Steely Dan’s Gary Katz, which is scheduled for release in summer 2014. According to Shayna, the upcoming EP tells the story of facing heartbreak and learning to rise above it. “There is a power that comes from putting yourself out there and standing up for who you are, scary as it is. To me, these songs are all in some way about being brave enough to consistently fight for your dreams.” Shayna’s career has been marked by a steadfast determination to get her music out there, hopeful she can make an impact. “We all have a story to share and mine is woven in my music. I was taught that we are here not only to take care of ourselves, but to make other people’s lives better. That doesn’t mean forget your own dreams. It means be kind, be funny, smile. Make a positive impact. The world is changed in small positive gestures. I do believe that.”