September 12, 2013

ASCAP New Member Profile: Leah Turner

Leah Turner

Leah Turner

New ASCAP member Leah Turner grew up on a ranch in the Morongo Valley in southern California. Her unique upbringing as a West Coast cowgirl, complemented by her father's occupation as a championship header in the rodeo, strongly influenced Turner's earliest musical tastes, from Paul Overstreet, Chris LeDoux, George Strait and Loretta Lynn to Trisha Yearwood, Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. She began making music when she was just six years old, while coming back from church and singing a song she had created.

While at college at UCSB, Turner gravitated towards a songwriting class where, as part of a class final, she was chosen to sing in front of celebrity guest and fellow ASCAP member Kenny Loggins, who then convinced her to move to Los Angeles. As she worked her way through the LA music scene, she had a chance encounter with Beverly Gatica, the wife of famed music producer Humberto Gatica (Whitney Houston, Celine Dion), who offered to play Turner's music for her husband. She then began writing and working with Gatica and David Foster, but after receiving the finished product, she realized it wasn't her style.

Two weeks later, she was on a one-way flight to Nashville. After a successful five-year run in LA, she had returned home to the music she loved: country. Turner explains: "I just kept feeling like even with the amazing producers in LA and the amazing opportunities I had been given, country music is what I was and where I wanted to be. I stopped trying to pull out my roots, and started to water them."

Signed to Columbia Nashville in July of this year, Turner is set to release her debut single, "Take the Keys," to country radio on October 7th. Co-written by Turner with Cary Barlowe and Jesse Frasure, "Take the Keys" reveals a heavy rock influence and showcases Turner's distinctive vocals, a unique mix of strength and vulnerability that echoes across the melodic anthems on her debut album, due out in early 2014.

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