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Leddra Chapman

“Undoubtedly a terrific songwriter who deserves a bigger audience” Q Magazine Online

While most kids are concerning themselves with Twilight or the latest games console at the age of 12, Leddra Chapman picked up an acoustic guitar for the first time, sat down and began to write her first song. Since that day the young singer-songwriter has never looked back. Realising she had a powerful knack of capturing her thought provoking emotions in her lyrics, Leddra continued to write when the mood took her until she had enough quality songs together to get herself into local venues to play them live.

With a quintessentially English voice which is both pure and unique, it wasn’t long before she was being asked to play venues all over the country. At the same time Leddra spent as much time as possible teaching herself piano and keyboards as well as learning to produce demo’s of her songs in a small home-studio. Those early home demo’s became the songs that started to create more and more interest from talent scouts in the music industry and as soon as people started to hear about the buzz surrounding this Essex school-girl she was invited to play Britain’s premier new music showcase – Manchester’s In The City Music Conference. Leddra played a quite beautiful thirty minute set to a packed out crowd at the Warchild Acoustic Showcase and was subsequently chosen as a Best of ITC in Music Week magazine who described her as ‘filling a similar space to early Alanis Morissette and Joni Mitchell’.

Having worked on completing her debut album through the early part of 2009 with some of the best musical collaborators the UK music scene has to offer, Leddra released the album ‘Telling Tales’ in late November of last year. Featured on this collection of ‘pitch-perfect acoustic pop’ (The Independent, January 2010) is ‘Story’, a track championed by Sir Terry Wogan throughout his final months presenting the Radio 2 Breakfast Show. ‘Story’ was subsequently B-Listed on Radio 2 for 7 consecutive weeks. This period of time culminated in a televised live performance of ‘Story’ on ITV’s This Morning. Follow up single ‘Summer Song’ achieved similar radio success, also playlisted by BBC Radio 2. Refusing to rest on her laurels, Leddra and her live band followed that media activity by heading out around the UK for 2 extremely successful nationwide tours as well as selling out renowned venues across the capital.

With heartfelt and honest lyrics that come straight from her delicate soul, Leddra Chapman is one of the most gifted young songwriters and vocalists in Britain today. 2011 promises to be just as strong a year as the last, with recent single ‘Edie’ enjoying a good run on national and regional radio playlists (including once again BBC Radio 2) and a 20 date tour in for February-March. Leddra is due to travel to the Netherlands again in June and will follow this up for with a host of festival appearances in the UK across the Summer, including three support shows with Tom Jones.