Leddra picked up a guitar and wrote her first song before she became a teenager; what followed has been the growth, development and evolution of a young singer-songwriter building to a point in December 2009 where she released her first album ‘Telling Tales’. After working alongside some of the best music collaborators the UK music scene has to offer, the collection of tracks was acclaimed as ‘pitch-perfect acoustic pop’ (The Independent). Debut single ‘Story’, a track championed by Sir Terry Wogan throughout his final months presenting the Radio 2 Breakfast Show, was playlisted by BBC Radio 2 (the UK’s biggest radio station). This period of time culminated a televised live performance of the single on ITV’s This Morning. Follow up singles Summer Song and Edie achieved similar radio success, also playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Refusing to rest on her laurels, Leddra and her live band followed that media activity by heading out around the UK for two extremely successful nationwide tours as well as selling out renowned venues across the capital.
Summer 2011 saw Leddra personally invited to perform as main support to Tom Jones at three sold out concerts in London, Essex & Manchester. Playing to 35,000 people over the three nights, Leddra performed to a rapturous reception. In between these dates Leddra also, for the second year running, played at Signal FM’s live event in Stoke-on-Trent – performing ‘Summer Song’ and also new EP track ‘Where You Want Me’ (written with and produced by Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran)) to an audience of 15,000 people. Outside of the UK, Leddra embarked on a series of dates in Holland and Belgium, performing to a sold out Paradiso crowd in Amsterdam before appearing on live TV in Belgium.
Leddra followed this success with a headline EP launch show at the London Bull & Gate in November 2012. The sold out show sparked plans for another full headline tour of the UK in March 2012 and Leddra played 8 sold out dates across the country including a packed out show at the London Borderline. This was swiftly followed by a one week tour in Los Angeles, performing at some of the cities highly regarded music venues and recording at some world renowned LA studios.
The beginning of 2013 heralded two new Leddra Chapman releases. First was a unique collaboration with The Body Shop and Teenage Cancer Trust: ‘Beauty With Heart’. A single penned by Leddra at the request of the partnership, the single was a charity release that garnered much acclaim. Hot on the heels of this release was a new EP entitled ‘The Crowds and Cocktails’. Lead-track ‘All About You’ was to become a live favourite and a staple on BBC Radio 2 who B-listed the song for an extended period of time and also made the track ‘Single of the Week’ at the station. Leddra performed to a string of audiences in sold-out venues in 2013 as she continued to road-test new material for her upcoming second album. Leddra then embarked on a Spring tour of Germany in support of Sarah Blasko to help promote her successful album release through record label Dramatico in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. To bring all this activity to a close Leddra played her biggest sold out London headline show to date at the prestigious Dingwalls venue in Camden Lock. 2013 came to a close for Leddra with a couple of hand-selected festival appearances and then the young singer songwriter decamped to the studio to record ‘My Mother’s Mind’.
Whilst recording the album, Leddra teamed up exclusively with Pledge Music to raise funds for the album’s production whilst also offering keen fans exclusive opportunities and access. Completing the goal needed for the album’s production in no time, Leddra soon completed the album, with Peter-John Vettese again taking on Executive Production duties. In between album sessions, Leddra also found the time to duet with Alistair Griffin on the BBC Radio 2 B-listed ‘The One’. The track was the fifth single in a row with Leddra’s name on it to be playlisted by Radio 2 and continued to showcase her development as an artist. The track is set to close out ‘My Mother’s Mind’, with previous single ‘All About You’. Plans are already moving at a pace for the album release in 2014 and live plans have kicked off with a very exclusive one off performance of the album at London’s St Pancras Old Church on March 27 – which sold out in record time. Stay tuned to www.leddrachapman.com for more exciting live dates, festival appearances and release activity throughout 2014.
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