Leila Jane is soon to release her single ‘Joe’.
It is representative of her coming into her own as a self-aware artist who bases her songwriting on personal observation. Leila Jane wrote ’Joe’ after being moved by an intimate Myles Manley concert, which, in the song, symbolises a space of freedom and growth. ‘’The smoke I used to breathe’’ gently exits the psyche as a fresh dawn of inspiration arises. The song is a mantra for letting go and accepting all that was, along with its pain and heartache; A past of seeking comfort in sources of pain is held up to the light and dissolved in this beat-heavy creation. The music video will focus on how catharsis & artistic expression play a vital role in healing emotional trauma.
Leila Jane is a Dublin based artist with roots in London and Donegal. Her influences include Big Thief, Mac Demarco, Angel Olsen, Frazey Ford, Jessica Lea Mayfield and Timber Timbre. Leila enjoys how these artists channel sounds from 60s folk to 90s grunge, and then combine it with their own authentic expression, forming something nostalgic yet new. Leila Jane’s distinctive voice is a testament to her appreciation of the genres which inspire her: from vintage blues & soul, to modern pop and R&B. Her main goal is to express an honest message through her voice in order to connect with whoever needs to feel understood amid the turbulence of the world.
The (RTE Radio 1) Late Date’s Cathal Murray described Leila Jane as ‘’one to watch’’ and Golden Plec’s Stefan Tivodar noticed her ‘’passion and attention to detail’’. The sense of heart in Leila Jane’s songwriting won Imelda May’s favour for the ‘Imelda May Scholarship’ at BIMM Institute Dublin. Leila Jane’s song ‘Look Away From Our Creation’ (which was her last single release) won runner-up at the IMRO Christie Hennessy song-writing competition. She also won the solo category of the Ballyshannon Folk & Trad Festival’s contest, leading her to be part of a festival line-up which included the likes of Kíla and The Lost Brothers. Glastonbury, Electric Picnic, The Academy, The Grand Social and The Cambridge Folk Festival are among Leila Jane’s top gigs, while Bronagh Gallagher, Angie McMahon, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Rival Sons and Jessica Lea Mayfield are among Leila’s favourite acts she has opened the show for. She also played festivals & shows across the USA while on her creative inspiration travels.