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Charlie Leavy – The Best Damn Ride

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Charlotte Leavy was born in 1996 and has since split her time between Hook Norton (nr Banbury), Oxfordshire & Morley, Leeds, West Yorkshire in the UK.

She has been writing and singing her own songs since about 14 years old. Charlie loves writing with her acoustic guitar, but also occasionally writes with her keyboard.

As well as being a solo artist Charlie also sometimes plays in a band as the bassist or guitarist and sings lead vocals and is currently self learning how to play a beautiful tenor ukulele.

Check out her EP “The Best Damn Ride” on iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-best-damn-ride-ep/id900291201

Website: www.charlieleavymusic.com
SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/charlieleavymusic
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/charlieleavymusic/
Twitter: @charliemusic96

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A friend recommended Charlie Leavy to me, and I am glad she did! It is very rare to hear such honesty in someones lyrics these days, combined with catchy chords and a sound that sounds very unique, yet somehow familiar. Most importantly, it is really refreshing to hear music that sounds like it is written because the artist really felt strong about the things she sings about, not because she wants fame, fortune or both. Her EP ‘The Best Damn Ride’ is full of personal, very deep and meaningful songs.

The EP starts off with the song ‘The Way Life Is’, and this song is instantly likeable if you have an ear for good music. I love the funky electric guitar in the intro, and it really leads you into the song very nicely. But what is special about this song is the almost brutal honesty that Charlie Leavy has about life – in this song she pretty much describes the majority of Britain’s (and perhaps the rest of the western worlds) youth, and what is wrong with them and the lives they are trying to live and you just have to give her credit for being so honest. She is probably one of a very few artists who can still get away with rhyming ‘school’ with ‘cool’ and make it sound amazing. I would almost go as far as saying that this song has the same potential as Ed Sheerans ‘A Team’.

The second song is called ‘Tongue Tied’. This song is my favourite song on the EP, and it is outstanding. I expected a love song with chords and words that I have heard hundreds of times previously, and I have to say this is the case, but what I didn’t expect was that she’s actually using just the right words with just the right chords to make this song actually a lot better than most other songs with the same theme. The song starts off quite happy sounding, it leads you into the song perfectly and carries you all the way to the chorus. The chorus is worth mentioning, because it is incredibly catchy. It is very rare that I hear a song for the first time, and I can immeadiately see it being played on all major radio stations and youtube channels that are into this kind of music. With a chorus like that, I wouldn’t be surprised if this would actually happen, should this song be released as a single and marketed the right way.

‘Summers Day Runaway’ is again a serious Song, but completely different to ‘The Way Life Is’. With this song Charlie Leavy really shows her versatility, and her vocals are also worth mentioning, especially in this song, as she effortlessly hits the higher notes each and every single time. Her voice is very warm sounding and it is very easy to listen to. Yet there is a certain power to it and she can definitely sound very expressive if she wants to.

‘Falter Baby’ has again got a very catchy chorus, that will just instantly get stuck in your head and you will find yourself humming this song all day long (which is a good thing, really). This song is kept quite simple with just acoustic guitar and a little percussion, but this suits the song and actually highlights the fact that this artist does not need to hide behind distorted guitars.

‘Running My Mouth’ has almost got a little spanish-guitar flair to it, and this song is very easy to listen to once again.

For the song ‘Why Are You Waiting’, I actually found a live version on Youtube, and I have to say her voice blows me away. You can almost tell this artist is born to sing. Not only is her vocal range amazing, she also has a clear talent for coming up with amazing lyrics!

The EP ends with the song ‘Wearing Your Kiss’, and it happens to be a live version of the song. Just like the previous song, her voice is outstanding and the lyrics are very well written. I love the line ‘baby what you do to me, I’m pretty sure that it’s not right, when it feels this damn good, why would I wannna’ fight’.

All in all this is a great EP that I would definitely recommend to anyone who is into acoustic music with deep lyrics and amazing vocals! The track that stands out the most for me is ‘Tongue Tied’, so if you only have time for one track, listen to that one! Highly recommended!

The EP can be found on Soundcloud http://goo.gl/bVqn4h and on iTunes here http://goo.gl/j5BHvX

IndieBandGuru reviews “The Best Damn Ride”

The art of the live concert performance seems to be slipping away sometimes. There is nothing better than seeing an artist play live with emotion and providing a full concert experience. Our latest find Charlie Leavy is a true performer and loves to get out there and play in front of a crowd. In fact her goal is to play 52 gigs in 2014.

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Even more impressive, the Oxfordshire based singer/songwriter is only 17 years old. Her voice is warm and enticing and brings in influences from folk, blues, and even some country music. Just Charlie Leavy and her acoustic guitar are able to captivate an audience with upbeat songs that demand attention.

The latest offering from this young talent is The Best Damn RIde EP. The 5 track record (with 2 additional bonus live tracks) hits the mark for anyone that loves the simple energy of a girl and her guitar. The production of the record adds the other elements to take Charlie’s music to the next level of pop music. A great example is the opener “The Way Life Is” with its big background sound and studio effects to put her on center stage like she belongs. On “Tongue Tied” the production is scaled back to let the clever songwriting and guitar skills of Charlie Leavy shine through. The standout track for me is “Summer’s Day Runaway”. The catchy train rolling along drumbeat pushes the song forward as the lyrics are delivered with a sense of emotion not seen too much today. The wall of sound behind Charlie creates a full experience of music.

A full website is on the way but in the meantime you can enjoy some Charlie Leavy music at: https://soundcloud.com/charlieleavymusic

Review link http://goo.gl/WfQvOj

IndieBandGuru reviews “The Best Damn Ride”

The art of the live concert performance seems to be slipping away sometimes. There is nothing better than seeing an artist play live with emotion and providing a full concert experience. Our latest find Charlie Leavy is a true performer and loves to get out there and play in front of a crowd. In fact her goal is to play 52 gigs in 2014.

Even more impressive, the Oxfordshire based singer/songwriter is only 17 years old. Her voice is warm and enticing and brings in influences from folk, blues, and even some country music. Just Charlie Leavy and her acoustic guitar are able to captivate an audience with upbeat songs that demand attention.

The latest offering from this young talent is The Best Damn RIde EP. The 5 track record (with 2 additional bonus live tracks) hits the mark for anyone that loves the simple energy of a girl and her guitar. The production of the record adds the other elements to take Charlie’s music to the next level of pop music. A great example is the opener “The Way Life Is” with its big background sound and studio effects to put her on center stage like she belongs. On “Tongue Tied” the production is scaled back to let the clever songwriting and guitar skills of Charlie Leavy shine through. The standout track for me is “Summer’s Day Runaway”. The catchy train rolling along drumbeat pushes the song forward as the lyrics are delivered with a sense of emotion not seen too much today. The wall of sound behind Charlie creates a full experience of music.

A full website is on the way but in the meantime you can enjoy some Charlie Leavy music at https://soundcloud.com/charlieleavymusic

Feature on Unsigned and Independent

Next up is an artist who has been recommended to us via our Leeds music network.

There is a level of maturity and ability to CHARLIE LEAVY that neatly elevates her music to a deserved status of appreciation, but it also displays a lot to it that defies her age in terms of how intelligently it is all pieced together.

There is a smart way that she is able to open up her songs that allows the listener feel the committed emotion that she seems to invest in each track. Those bonafide qualities come to rest and the resolve that carries across is handsomely pushed through. In doing so, she manages to set things on their way as they take flight.

The volume and texture is one that broadens the appeal as much as it does the depth in the musical display that comes through. To listen to her music is to listen to a truly great artist and her age can only indicate her potential is yet to be realised.

http://unsignedandindependent.com/magazine/recommended/item/505-charlie-leavy.html

Nightshift gig review: June 2014

Where: Oxford Art Bar

When: May 8th

Line-up:  ROBOT SWANS / OP21 / REUBEN’S ROCKET / CHARLIE LEAVY

Reviewer: Art Lagun

 

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“True to form the first act tonight proves to be the most interesting. Charlie Leavy makes a big impact with just her voice and an acoustic guitar, sounding more California than her native Hook Norton. Relentlessly upbeat, one great song follows another, catchy tunes with straightforward yet personal lyrics like the poignant ‘Tongue Tied’. Only seventeen, she writes and performs with frank simplicity that comes as a breath of vitalising air, her take on Pixie Lott’s ‘Mama Do’ trouncing the original.”

 

Nightshift review

Chartburst Unsigned Track Focus: Charlie Leavy | The Way Life Is

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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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Tom Robinson – 6 Music review

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

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