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A Sneak Peek

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Friends!

I got some newer mixes of my album on Saturday and simply couldn't help myself. Enjoy a little sneak peek of "Travesty" - the first song I wrote for my record. 

I know you all are still curious as to the release date, and to that I must quote one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho: "Things worth having are worth waiting for." 

The relationship between producer and artist is akin to your most intimate: trusting, vulnerable, risk-taking and highly dependent upon good communication. Thankfully I am paired with the best. We are in the final dance of mixes with our collaborative vision. 

After the album is mixed and mastered, I'll forge ahead with the monies I have left to get it pressed. It's all an exciting process, and I am gathering as much input and advice as I can about the business side of self-produced/released records. 

Here's what I know for sure: this record is absolutely awesome. I am beyond proud. It turned out better than I could have ever expected or hoped, and I am deeply moved by everyone's continued support. Thank you!

Last Thursday, I met up with Brian Setzer and his incredible wife, Julie, before his Stray Cats reunion show at the OC Fair. 

"So, Leslie, what does your record sound like?" Brian asked, as we lounged in his hotel suite at the Montage in Laguna Beach.

"Do you want to hear it?" I grinned.

"Yeah!"

In a flash, I pulled out my bluetooth speaker. Heart pounding, I pressed PLAY on "Travesty".

As the Boss carefully listened, I watched him nod his head and tap his feet. In all, I played him three tunes. When they were finished, he looked up.

"This is legit, Leslie," he said, looking me straight in the eye. "It's good. The musicians are incredible; right in the pocket. And your vocals are great. None of it is over-sung. It's REALLY good."

I couldn't agree more, Mr. Setzer. I couldn't agree more.

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      Steven Dreyer, D.C. on

      Ooooooooooh that is awesome! Way to bring it girl! Love to sound and can't wait for those front and center concert tickets. xo

    2. Michael J. Traficano on

      Absolutely love the vibe of that song! I can't wait to hear more! Great job Leslie!