Leila Keeney

Leila Keeney

Leila Keeney

Leila Jane
Leila Jane is a Dublin based recording artist with roots in London and Donegal. While possessing a voice that has been described as ‘’somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny,’’ her music is an interpretation of the surreal paradoxical reality that the haunted soul often finds itself in. The raw and honest expression found in her work is a testament to her affinity with blues music.

Leila Jane’s single releases got air time on the Late Date show on RTE Radio One and was added to Glastonbury’s Spotify playlist of 2019 performers. After spinning her tune ‘Look So Sweet’ Cathal Murray (RTE1) described Leila Jane as ‘’one to watch’’. ‘Little Lady Blues’ received radio play on Dublin City FM and 98FM and was hailed by Remy Connolly of REMI: “The most rewarding aspects of her single reside in its raw power and the unfiltered self-awareness of the song-writing.” Hot Press Magazine once likened her to the ‘’sultry folk of Karen Dalton’’ and Golden Plec noticed Leila Jane’s ‘’passion and attention to detail’’ while observing her open the show for Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters.

Chosen by Imelda May for the ‘Imelda May Scholarship at BIMM Institute Dublin’ because she felt Leila’s music had heart, Leila Jane has performed at international festivals including Glastonbury Festival, Brooklyn Americana Music Festival and Electric Picnic. She also played support for artists such as Jessica Lea Mayfield, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Angie McMahon and Rival Sons.

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Mike Mineo

Intriguing intro with stutter-y guitar effects intrigues fully. Twangy, folk-forward suaveness of ensuing verses also entrances, escalating past the one-minute mark with perky melodic appeal. "The day won't let me down," vocal confidence hooks. "Try not to look you in the eye," leading into "look away from our creation," hook is another notable structural lead-in. The track's yearning, yet suave, aesthetic convinces throughout, with the blue-tinted coloring and feeling of desperation accurately conveyed in the video.  The "pay our bills," bridge unveils nicely, culminating into a satisfying conclusion. Thanks for sending this memorable track; please send me an email upon release, to mike@obscuresound.com, and I'll be sure to share. -Mike

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