"The Quest" Officially Releases Tomorrow, Friday, October 5th!

Can you believe it?!?

 

Time has flown by so fast and the release of the new Symphonic-Fantasy album is happening TOMORROW!

Today, although there are many tasks for me to do in preparation for tomorrow, I'm also focusing on trying to ENJOY this moment.

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It's been a Quest for myself, just in creating this album. There have been highs and lows, and turns and bends in the path. At one point during the creation of this album I had to put it on hold for a couple months.

That was really painful since I didn't want to stop, but life sometimes completely interrupts our plans. I've found the best thing is to not get too upset, but to go with the flow, and then get back to it as soon as possible.

So that's what I did.


And here we are! A fine moment.

 

So many amazing reviews have come in so far, and all of them have had unique and interesting takes on this album. Here are a few, in case you feel like reading with a cup of coffee (or tea).

     Folk-Metal.nl (9.9/10)

    The Prog Mind (8.5/10 from a skeptic!)

    The Rocktologist (20/20)

  

And I've been doing a lot of interviews as well!

I'll post those on the website for you to peruse in the coming days.

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This definitely feels like a milestone in my career.

Also, I have to give a huge shout out to Oliver Philipps, who not only produced the album, but helped with a lot of the arrangements, and all the orchestration -- which I think you'll agree are extremely lush and add a ton of atmosphere in every song. He's kind of a behind-the-scenes guy who works with a ton of bands but rarely gets credit or limelight.

So when you listen -- apart from the vocals, awesome drums, bass, and guitar -- take note of the arrangements and orchestras... they took a huge effort to write and produce!

  

So with that... I can't wait for tomorrow!

I'll be sending emails out - so look for those.

If you already own the album, it would be amazing if you forwarded the email to someone you think might enjoy the album!

 

XOX,

 LEAH


P.S. As a reminder - I'll be promoting the album strictly through my website (though there are other distributors out there who also will be carrying my physical album too). But for my online audience - you'll be able to find the album in Physical & Digital versions on theleahshop.com  -- along with an entire collection of Quest-inspired goodies! 

Why I Don't Tour

Many people don't know this, but when I
began my music career in 2012 I chose not
to be a touring artist (for now) because I
have young children (ages 3-12).

I didn't know if I would ever "make it" 
because of that choice, but it was
very clear to me I shouldn't put
my career ahead of my family.


I believe the young years are the
most impressionable and crucial time in
kids' lives and they need a
"mother of dragons" around as much as possible.


So I decided to take the road less traveled
and simply be a recording artist, 
even if it meant I wouldn't be as successful, 
and even if it meant a harder journey for me.


I didn't completely give up my music career
dreams either because I also believe that
while it's vital for parents to be around
as much as possible, it's equally important
for kids to see their parents work hard, 
and pursue their passion, gifts and dreams.

Do you agree?


I wanted to tell you about that part
of my personal life because I get
the question a lot about if I'll do a tour and when.

For now I'm very content as a recording artist, 
however, I definitely have the itch to perform live...

I'm very aware of the great amount of
effort that goes into live performance, 
from forming a band (which I don't have), 
to reharsals, logistics, tour schedules, 
and much, much more.

I don't take those facts lightly.

What I can tell you is that when I decide
to tour, I won't dabble - I'll jump in with two feet.

It will be an amazing show.


 WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR ME TO TOUR?

Well, for one, I need to make sure my family
is in a position where we can travel together.

In fact, we are traveling for the Summer right now!

We just got to Ireland, and then will hopefully
travel to Scotland, the UK, and beyond.

This is a great way for me to test
the waters and see how my kids do with travel.

The second thing is there needs
to be enough demand.

Most artists tour as a way to get their
name out there and introduce their
music to the world.

I'm doing things quite backwards.

I'm introducing my music to the world, 
so that if and when I tour, it will be a
great success.

After all, touring is very expensive - 
so my view is that it must justify the effort.

The best way to ensure a tour
happens is to buy an album.

This tells me and my team
(and concert/festival booking agents) 
that there's demand in your town!

The more demand there is, 
the more likely it is I'll travel to
your city and play for you LIVE.

It's the principle of supply & demand.
You demand, I'll supply! ;)

So I hope that answers your question as to
the touring situation and plan!


 SO WHAT NOW?

Now... we show the world that the
music industry is not dead, and that
fans & artists make the world go 'round, 
and we don't' need middlemen and
labels to make things happen.

I mentioned how most people have
NEVER heard of such a thing as Celtic Metal - 
but together we are making history!

...Some small-town Canadian mother of five kids
who doesn't tour is successfully raising $50,000
to launch a new album in an obscure niche???

I think this is something rather historical and
shows us the power of MUSIC!

So.. let's show the world and all the
naysayers out there
that Celtic Metal is here to stay and is worth
listening to and supporting!!

Your "Mother of dragons,"

LEAH

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