Saturday, 9th May 2015
I’ve been bored with too many emo-ish singer songwriters and intended to skip the whole scene, but a 17 year old phenom named Charlie Leavy was way, way too talented to ignore.
Charlie Leavy – The Way Life is
Man, did I freak out when I found out that this stunning talent was only 17 years old when she wrote and recorded this. Man, the voice, the songwriting, the music, it’s all so mature, so age-weathered, so, so . . . so damn perfect.
It might seem trite to hear a 17 year old sing “this is the way life is” over a light blues beat, but nothing here seems forced. There’s a wisdom to her, a seeing well beyond her years. Best of all, I could listen to Charlie sing for hours and hours. Her tone reaches all the right place with a deep honesty that belays her years. And what a damn catchy melody. Wow.
Again, if Ripple Music put out singer-songwriter stuff, she’d be signed today, or rather, yesterday. Can’t wait to see where she goes with her music next.
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Review courtesy of Jessica @ Musicvein
Artist: Charlie Leavy
Track: The Way Life Is
‘The Way Life Is’ is a brilliantly moving piece created by the socially aware and intellectually charged teenager Charlie Leavy.
Treading the boards laid down by the likes of Ed Sheeran, Charlie showcases her raw thoughts on life – of how actions lead to consequence and how socially we focus on our own small worlds instead of the bigger picture”…If you wake up every day and you’ve already closed your mind…stop pretending everything is fine” words that echo true to many both young and old.
I love Charlie’s clever pop at both the media and her peers in the line “…We should care about the things people need instead of who’s best dressed and having sex” subjects that are usually hot topics among friends and teen magazines. If ever teenagers were in need of a jolt to get them thinking about life, they need only to listen to the lyrics of this talented up and coming female.
‘The Way Life Is’ shows Charlie’s excellent writing ability in addition to her voice and guitar skills – which are impressively self taught.
With this much talent just waiting to be unleashed onto the world Charlie Leavy is certainly one to keep your eye on.
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Out there in Streaming Land there are naturally gifted singers and then there are the rest of us, and you can tell within seconds that Charlie Leavy belongs effortlessly in the first category. In the coming years she’ll be able to pick pretty much any direction she wants to and, with enough hard work, make a success of it.
The most tempting route might be to slide into becoming some kind of mid-atlantic Joss Stone soundalike, managed by some corporate Talent Agency and marketed to Mums and Dads on Radio 2 via the pluggers of some international music conglomerate. But Charlie also has the potential to be a far more interesting and authentic artist than that, with a unique English voice and viewpoint that are all her own.
Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
The Way Life Is