It is hard to believe that a young musician from a market town in the Midlands could develop a style astonishingly reminiscent of the classic Soul artists of the 50′s and 60′s, whilst maintaining a sense of modernity and freshness. Yet this is exactly what Leigh Coleman manages to conjure in his song writing and performance. His unwaveringly calm temperament melting with the joyous rhythmic influences of jazz and funk produces songs of emotional openness and a pop sensibility that will resonate with all who hear him.
Now, Leigh finds himself on the cusp of major recognition, and undoubtedly transatlantic mainstream success; all at the tender age of 22. Listening to Coleman it is clear he has a vast tapestry of influences, some of which drawn from listening to his parents’ record collection at just four years old; his first memories being Michael Jackson’s ‘Bad’ album, as well as George Benson, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Frank Sinatra.
Leigh Coleman’s notoriety as an artist has risen with remarkable alacrity over the last couple of years, and has seen him travel around Europe singing with and supporting Joss Stone during her Soul Sessions 2 tour, and supporting the great, legendary Solomon Burke in February 2011. Whilst more recently performing with the legendary Sandie Shaw and Beverly Knight at London’s Global Angles Awards. Having already played alongside many greats, he is now looking forward to making his London Debut with dates at the, the 606 club,The Stables and the Mostly Jazz festival to name but a few.
Leigh’s Debut EP entitled ‘IT IS WHAT IT IS’ was recorded in Miami. Produced by Jonathan Joseph (Grammy award winning musician; Joe Zawinul, David Sanborn, Joss Stone, Ricky Martin and many more) and the Godmother of Miami Soul the legendary Betty Wright (multi-platinum selling and Grammy award winning Artist/ Producer ). The six tracks of original songs (including co-writes with Joss Stone and Betty Wright) are the real deal. The breathy tones of ‘Got what I wanted’ , the sunny feel of the title track and the quirky brilliance of the rhythmic track ‘Need You’ will leave you in no doubt, one listen will convince the most sceptical that this young man has been here before.
“From the moment I met Leigh, I knew it was not a casual encounter. Sometimes, you just know instantly that a student or an aspiring artist has ‘it’. His gentle spirit caressed the mother in me his fluidity on the frets flavoured his vocals and intrigued the musician in me. His voice evoked a quote I’ll borrow from a lifelong friend, Lionel Richie: Easy, Like Sunday Mornin’. He is a Soul Man…..that Coleman”.
(Ms B) Betty Wright
“It’s not very often you come across someone with bags of soul like Leigh. He’s entirely captivating, magical and puts a unique and modern twist on classic soul-driven, hook-laden acoustic grooves.”