Leah 5


Ohio US   Feb 2018

Artist Bio

Influences:   Josh Ritter, Iron & Wine, Tori Amos, Patty Griffin, Fiona Apple, Neko Case, Norah Jones, Gillian Welch, Bob Dylan, Faun Fables, Damien Rice, Alela Diane, Roger Miller, My Brightest Diamond, Joanna Newsom, Bright Eyes, Lisa Hannigan, Jesca Hoop, J. Tillman/Father John Misty, Caitlin Canty, Joan Shelley, Diane Cluck, Milk Carton Kids, Anna Tivel, Andrew Bird, John Prine

Folk-ish singer/songwriter from Ohio. Lover of bad weather, difficult books, and rotund cats. My earliest influences include musical theatre, Crystal Gale, Bobby McFerrin, The Blues Brothers, and Alvin & the Chipmunks singing the greatest hits of The Beatles. Somewhere along the way I discovered the great chick rockers of the 90s and old-time folk music.

Completed my first FAWM in 2018, right around the time I started experiencing some health issues affecting my throat and voice. I wrote a little during 50/90 of that year, but quit early as it became increasingly harder to sing. Managed to post one song last year, but have not been making music lately as I continue to struggle with my illness.

On good days I can sing very quietly into a microphone, so you may hear a bit from me this year, TBD.

Looking forward to hearing what everyone else has in store and hope to stay active as a listener and supporter, regardless of my own output. Happy FAWMing!



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  • @drewhottmann  2 days

    Tried reaching out via Instagram as I couldn’t get your email link to work....try mine?

  • @sheslin 2 days

    Thanks so much for the feedback on Baby I'm Through - really appreciate it!!

  • @ceilidh  3 days

    Wow! Thank you SO much for the amazing feedback! I was hoping the Five Element song would help me keep track of which element went with what color/emotion/body part, so it WAS kind of a teaching song for me. I'd never written a round before, so glad you enjoyed By Candlelight. Sorry you also lost access to a beautiful waterfall like Oneonta -- hope it's just temporary! I'm hoping other bird enthusiasts will enjoy the Chapman Swifts. Thanks again for your comments!

  • @drewhottmann  6 days

    Thank you for your feedback and encouragement!

  • @leah0k  1 week

    Thank you for your input! I will probably wind up leaving it slow and ‘heartbreaking’ as you aptly put it!

  • @brandondale72  1 week

    Should’ve read your bio before I commented. Sounds as if things haven’t improved that much. Let me know if I can help in any new forms of writing. We could collaborate on lyrics or something that’s easy? Anyway, your continued support to the FAWM community is beautifully thoughtful. Good to have you around.

  • @brandondale72  1 week

    For some reason you weren’t on my watchlist! Excited to explore your new music. Thanks for your visit checking out my new stuff. Glad to see you back to making music again!

  • @ayehahmur  1 week

    Hey, many many thanks for your comment on Salt Hill. I'm really pleased to have pulled that one off. 😀

  • @scubed  1 week

    Thank you so much for your comment on “Devil Peak”!

  • @drewhottmann  1 week

    Your encouragement means so much to me! Thank you! Any interest in trying to collaborate on something?

  • @vrnsmth  1 week

    @cleanshoes No problem! Your lyricism is pretty phenomenal!

  • @metalfoot  1 week

    Thanks for the lovely comments!

  • @dani312  2 weeks

    Hey! Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments and feedback on my two songs I’ve posted !! Good to see you back on here again! Time to go check out YOUR tunes now! 😀

  • @crisp1  2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments on I Never Really Left!

  • @tawny249  2 weeks

    You said you're in central Ohio? I am too. I am so impressed by the one song you posted so far. Would love to connect after FAWM if you're interested. 😀

  • @audrey  2 weeks

    Thank you for your kind thoughts on my song Caring Neighbours.

  • @dutch1967 2 weeks

    Hey Leah, sorry for not getting back to you sooner. The way it goes the ones with the most time on their hands are usually the same ones that can’t organise (organisise) their day to save their life.
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my song. Glad you like it.

  • @djevans53 2 weeks

    Thanks for your comments. So nice to see you back, always enjoy your music.

  • @guatecoop  2 weeks

    I guess that I should have read the comments beforehand, but I don’t. Well, you got lots of wow on that first one. 😀

  • @s7even  2 weeks

    HEY. Thank you! So glad to see you’re back this year.

  • @hummingbear  3 weeks

    I'm glad you're here, despite your health problems. There are lots of different ways to create and to participate - sometimes we are forced to find new paths. Wishing you the best.

  • @tawny249  4 weeks

    Hello! I feel like you share a lot of influences with my friend @readerwriterpoet, so just a heads up. 😁 Happy Fawming, fellow Ohioan!

  • @guatecoop  4 weeks

    Oh my goodness I remember your songs and your voice! That must be so hard. I hope that fawm is a success for you and that you have many good days. Best wishes to you!

  • @standup  4 weeks

    I definitely enjoyed yout music -- what I heard in the past. Hope you can do something this year. Music is in your brain, not your larynx. Good luck, try some stuff out.

  • @metalfoot  5 weeks

    Hey-- glad to see you back here. Hoping your voice continues to come back (because you have a great voice)!