August 1 2014

StrongWriter On the Radio – “Get To Know Lea Longo”

Lea Longo Album Cover (Songs Of a Siren)

Listeners of StrongWriter On the Radio will recall a few years ago when a beautiful female singer/songwriter came out to my neighborhood from Canada.  That was Toronto’s own pop-classical artist Angelica.   In 2014, I had the wonderful pleasure to talk with another beautiful female singer/songwriter, this time from Montreal.   Lea Longo has seen her musical journey evolve from pop singer to songwriter to producing her most current projects, including her fifth CD, Songs Of a Siren.    In this episode, I feature two tracks that I personally was drawn to.  You will notice right away the blend of classic smooth jazz and eastern Indian mantras, all blanketed by Lea’s sweet seductive vocal stylings.   This is the first of a two-parter, and she has agreed to another appearance later this year.  I will be honored, and you will love it as well!

Featured Guest:  Lea Longo

Few artists can boast a rich and varied musical path that Lea Longo has. From pop to world music through jazz, this award winning Canadian singer/songwriter has explored several genres with equal success, garnering praise and prizes along the way. From winning a National Songwriting Contest to chanting mantras, and recording 4 CD’s including ZEN VOYAGE & PEACE CHANTS, her 2 mantra CD’s were well received in the Sacred Chant community.

Lea’s voice has been described as “Spiritually Rewarding”, and her previous songs has been featured in popular Film & TV shows as: Cheaper by the Dozen, She Drives me Crazy, Dawson’s Creek, Party of Five, Felicity, and many more. After discovering Indian mantras from her India trip in 2006, Lea transformed herself totally by adopting the practice in her life and presently, Lea leads yoga of sound classes (kirtans) and concerts in notable Festivals like Wanderlust, Fest yoga, Yocomo, Open Mind Festival, The Toronto Yoga Conference and more. She is the also the founder and co-producer of the Montreal Chant Fest and Om Montreal.

Her new self-produced CD called ‘SONGS OF A SIREN’ returns to her past musical education (she holds a BA in JAZZ Music) ,the album is a collection of original love songs, mantras, and known jazz standards like “FEVER” “Here’s To Life” & “The Very Thought of You” hypnotizing the listener with Lea’s sensual, seducing vocals, and musical arrangements morphing the verses & choruses with Indian mantras with the twist of Jazz, making the “East meets West” a true successful listening discovery.

Visit Lea Longo’s website:
www.lealongo.com
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DEAN OLSON is a songwriter and executive producer of the weekly radio show "StrongWriter On the Radio." The popular program airs Fridays on Amazing Men Of Power and Music Day (AWOP / Raven International Network)