Signed to Columbia Nashville in July 2013, singer-songwriter Leah Turner’s
co-penned debut single, “Take the Keys” is set to launch at country radio on
October 7th. Co-written by Leah, Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure and produced by
Jim Catino, Cary Barlowe, and Jesse Frasure, “Take the Keys” houses a heavy
rock influence and showcases Leah’s distinctive vocals. Her unique mix of
strength and vulnerability echoes across all of her melodic anthems,
particularly her first single.
A California native, singer-songwriter Leah Turner grew up in the Morongo
Valley on a ranch filled with horses, goats and chickens. Her unique Western
upbringing as a West Coast cowgirl, complemented by father’s occupation as a
championship header in the rodeo, strongly influenced even Leah’s earliest
musical taste, from Paul Overstreet, Chris Ledoux, George Strait and Loretta
Lynn to Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard, and Willie Nelson. She began writing
songs when she was six years old, while coming back from church, singing a song
that she wrote. “That was the start of it, I just kept writing songs, making
them up, singing and performing them.”
While at college at UCSB, she found herself gravitating towards music and
songwriting classes when, as part of a class final, she was selected to sing in
front of celebrity guest KennyLoggins, who convinced her to move to Los Angeles
as soon as possible. While working her way through the Los Angeles music scene,
she encountered a by-chance meeting with Beverly Gatica, famed music-producer Humberto Gatica’s wife, who offered to play Leah’s music for her husband. After sending her demo, she began writing and working with David Foster and Humberto Gatica (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion), but after receiving the music back, she
realized it was not her. “I was working with these amazing producers, which was
a dream come true. But the music just wasn’t me. It wasn’t who I was.” Two
weeks later, she was on a one-way flight to Nashville, and her official move
came next. After a successful five-year run in LA, she had returned home to the
music she loved, country.
“I just kept feeling like even with the amazing producers in LA and the
amazing opportunities I had been given, country music is what I was, and where
I wanted to be. I stopped trying to pull out my roots, and started to water
Leah Turner was kind enough to swing by backstage for a meet and greet with some of his biggest fans at the Taste of Country Music Festival. Check out the pictures in the gallery above and right click on one to download it to your computer
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