Title - Ascend [EP]
Artist - Leslie Hunt
For those unaware, Leslie Hunt began her musical career at the tender age of four, playing piano and singing around her hometown of Chicago.
Over the years, Leslie has performed on many stages in various roles, developing as a performer and gaining critical acclaim throughout the process.
Many will remember Leslie from her appearance and relative success in the singing competition, American Idol, where she progressed into the Top Twenty Female Vocalists during Season 6 of the popular TV show in 2007.
Since then, Leslie has continued not only as a solo artist with the release of three albums, From The Strange To A Stranger (2006), Your Hair Is On Fire (2009) & Wait For It (2012), but also as lead vocalist and songwriter for the exploratory Progressive Rock band, District 97.
The captivating rise of Leslie Hunt now continues with the release of Ascend, her latest solo EP.
A collection of seven exquisite new songs, each one brilliantly written and performed, displaying an honesty and grace mixed with an impassioned beauty.
1. STARTING OVER
2. THERE YOU ARE
3. YOUR WIND
4. WOLF CRIED BOY
5. RIGHT HERE
6. DOWN THE ROAD
7. THE KEY
These seven gorgeous and affecting reflections on how we have all no doubt felt about love and life at some point in our lives, have been captured and expertly shaped in the hands of this studied artist, as she first brings forth the melodically mid-tempo, Sheryl Crow-esque STARTING OVER and the upbeat and perky THERE YOU ARE, backing that up with the quieter ballad YOUR WIND.
Her expertly told, and heartfelt storytelling comes to the fore, once again on the lush tones of WOLF CRIED BOY, which is itself followed by the dancefloor swirl of RIGHT HERE, the album rounding out on the piano ballad (at first), then upbeat Country thereafter DOWN THE ROAD, closing on the beautifully orchestrated THE KEY.
Whether it is a cheerful, hook-heavy pop tune about love or a dark and insightful ballad of self-discovery, Leslie Hunts music is a window into her soul for any listener willing to look.
Ascend will mark Part One of what is to be a 2-EP Set, with a further 7-Track EP titled, Descend being readied for release in September.
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