After gigging over 250 times and writing over 100 songs, it is hard to believe that Charlie Leavy is just 19. She can play a variety of instruments including keys and ukulele, but mainly performs with her acoustic guitar.
In her songs she manages to cleverly combine the styles of acoustic pop, folk, country, funk and blues.
She has performed at Hyde Park as a prize for winning the London Pride’s Got Talent final and has been described as a “naturally gifted singer” by Tom Robinson of BBC Music fame.
Charlie has also recorded songs in Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Her most played song on Soundcloud is Hero (sang in Spanish) which recently hit the 150,000 mark.
The first thing that immediately struck me with the opening track on ‘The Best Damn Ride’ EP (The Way Life Is) was Charlie’s sweet and powerful voice. I also really appreciated the deep lyrics and the slightly retro funky beat. Vocally, she could be compared to Pixie Lott. It is a great choice of song to start the EP with.
Another of my favourite tracks is Falter Baby, which I found extremely moving both lyrically and musically. It is obvious Charlie draws from her own experiences when writing her music.
Music fans who appreciate folk will no doubt also appreciate the track ‘Tongue Tied’.
‘Wearing Your Kiss’ is another fantastic highlight and I liked it the very first time I heard it. It is more soulful but manages to be very catchy and uplifting.
I can tell from this EP that Charlie is uniquely talented and recommend you check this out from a star in the making!
(Although they are not on the EP, Charlie has done some amazing covers which are available to check out on YouTube. I have particularly enjoyed her cover of John Legend’s ‘All of Me’ and Pixie Lott’s ‘Mama Do’.)
Find out more about Charlie here: http://www.charlieleavymusic.com/
Leandro d’Vintmus is a multi-talented musician who originates from Sao Paulo in Brazil. He is a Multi-percussionist who has also performed live electronic music.
In 2003 he developed a love for Indian classical music and has studied Tabla.
In 2014, Leandro found inspiration to compose his own songs after writing short tracks to be used in a video he had produced.
He then used this inspiration to record his first EP ‘Newborn’ which he describes as follows:
"A newborn baby is pure and has no past. It is like a white canvas that will be painted. The paint represents the experiences that the newborn baby will have and that will consequently shape his personality."
The ‘Newborn’ EP demonstrates a fresh beginning. Love is an important aspect of the songs and this comes across very well.
The eclectic musical genres, with Brazilian, Indian and Spanish influences work well and the tunes are catchy, yet relaxing.
The title track is my personal favourite, with it’s Spanish/Jazz vibe. I enjoyed this track on first hearing and was blown away by its originality.
‘New Horizon’ again demonstrates a fresh start. It is a nice, positive song lyrically and musically and contains the lovely vocals of Jenny Wilde.
‘Life’s Still a Riddle’ is more of a melodic jazz song which has a relaxing 70’s feel to it.
‘Berimba’ has a very Brazilian influence to it. A poem is recited over the top of the music about loving life and living for love, which I find appealing.
I would recommend listening to Leandro to appreciate pure, spiritual, original music and to relax and free your mind from your troubles. Karen Hill
Biography of Leandro d'Vintmus
Leandro d'Vintmus is a musician who is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Born in 1980, Leandro grew up surrounded by music. His father often played Brazilian folk music and his Aunt’s boyfriend, who was a DJ, would take him to parties and to watch him in action as a Radio Presenter.
Leandro’s cousin was a Samba and Pagode singer, and Banjo/Cavaquinho player who led a septet, while Leandro would attend all the rehearsals and most of the concerts.
Stormy Mondays take their name from a blues classic ‘They call it Stormy Monday’ by T Bone Walker (1947). They are a Spanish band who began on the streets of Oviedo in 1991.
They are the only Spanish band to have played at the Woodstock Festival and have also proudly jammed with Slash of Guns ‘n’ Roses fame!
Very few bands can claim their music has been played in space, but this most amazing accomplishment has been achieved by Stormy Mondays!