New York, NY (Top40 Charts)
Singer/songwriter Leah James
will release her solo debut album While She Sleeps on March 30th. The daughter of renowned Eagles
guitarist Don Felder, James
steps out on her own for the first time, writing, recording, and producing the album solely by herself. The result is a sweeping indie-folk record, decorated with symphonic strings, tenor guitar, piano, and the soft swoon of Leah's voice. Today, she releases her new single called "Love Me With Madness," an elegant pop-noire inspired by loss and longing.
"Unlike most of the songs I write, 'Love Me With Madness' was composed in the duration of about 10 minutes," stated James. "At the moment of conception, the lyric and chord progression quickly assembled like powerful magnets merging together almost instantaneously, and like a shot in the air...BANG! I had a song. While I don't intend to divulge a detailed meaning behind this song, I will confess it's nature is one of deep longing for someone I had lost at a young age...and when I close my eyes and listen to this composition, it is as if I can almost feel that person close again. I am proud of this particular piece of work and very much look forward to sending it on it's way, off into the world."
began writing While She Sleeps soon after the birth of her daughter. She became inspired by the themes of motherhood, femininity, family, and independence, and wrote all ten songs alone, hammering out the music's melodies and cinematic arrangements during the little moments while her newborn baby slept. With one foot planted in her influences - from Mazzy Star's reverb-heavy haze to Simon
& Garfunkel's acoustic folk - and the other pointing toward newer territory, James
turns While She Sleeps into something that's at once fresh and familiar. It's real, raw, and romantic, offering up a mix of lilting lullabies ("My Love Will Follow," "One and Only"), cinematic campfire songs ("Wildfire
"), airy instrumentals ("The Moment I Met You"), and showcases for James' thrilling, cooing voice ("Big Sur," "That Fateful Day").
teased the album late last year when she released the lead single "The Desert," an ethereal indie-folk gem that's intimately hushed one minute and as lush as a Hollywood film score the next. The second single "Wildfire
" is out now as well, which was first debuted by Billboard.
Although While She Sleeps marks Leah James' first release as a solo artist, the album also carries on a family tradition. Like her own daughter, James
grew up surrounded by music. Her father, Don Felder, was the Eagles' lead guitarist for decades, as well as the main architect behind the band's biggest hit, "Hotel California." When the band hit the road again during the mid-1990s, James
tagged along. "It felt like an outrageous extended family," she said, remembering a childhood spent backstage, in the wings, and aboard the tour bus. The experience was eye-opening, teaching James
about the love, passion, and connectivity of live music at a young age.
Leah previously performed with her husband as a duo called Brandon
& Leah. They released two EP's as well as a few singles, including 2013's Cronies which reached #82 on the Billboard 200, #16 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart, and #24 on the Billboard Digital
01) That Fateful Day
02) Love Me With Madness
04) My Love Will Follow
05) The Desert
06) One And Only
07) New Moon
08) The Moment I Met You
09) Won't Back Down
10) Big Sur