With the video for her Top 20 single “Go Back” in rotation on CMT, a handful of 2015 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) award nominations to her credit (Rising Star & Interactive Artist) and a Country Music Association Of Ontario (CMAO) Rising Star award win, Leah Daniels has already established a reputation as one of Canada’s brightest new country music artists.
Blending Daniels’ love of both modern and traditional country with a healthy dose of pop smarts, her new album What It Feels Like 10 tracks range from sassy opener “Boots ‘N Jeans,” to the soaring ballad “Old Piano,” and the edgy “Your Kiss Is Killing Me.” Working with producers Dave ”Dwave” Thomson (Lady Antebellum, Autumn Hill), Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace, Barenaked Ladies), and Sam Ellis in the studio, What It Feels Like is the perfect introduction to her powerful voice and undeniable charm, which have quickly built a loyal fan base from coast to coast.
Just getting to this point has been a dream come true for the Uxbridge, Ontario native who was introduced to country music as a young child by her grandfather, who also taught her how to yodel.
Leah began her recording career working on a project produced by her longtime friend and songwriting partner, Sam Ellis (who has also worked closely with Hunter Hayes). “Sam and I were both eager. We recorded eight tunes towards an album. It was a great start!” Their first release, a remake of the Elvis classic “Suspicious Minds,” was a viral video sensation and motivated CMT to get involved for the video of Leah’s first radio single, “One Night.” After releasing her first two singles, Daniels made a big splash at the 2014 CCMA Awards in Edmonton, where she earned a Spotlight Showcase based on fan voting.
In addition to this, Daniels has shared the stage with Alan Jackson and many other notable country music names. That list is only sure to grow longer when she hits the road in support of What It Feels Like. What can be said at this moment is that, for Daniels, everything’s feeling pretty good!