Leah Capelle is an alternative/pop/rock artist from Chicago.
She began performing and studying music at a young age through the Chicago School of Professional Singing, The Musician’s Institute, and Berklee College of Music before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her music full time. She is also currently pursuing a B.S. in Music Business at USC’s Thornton School of Music. Once settled in LA, Capelle partnered with Grammy winning producer Jeff Bova (Album of the Year, Celine Dion, Falling Into You) to release her self-titled debut EP in 2015. Capelle released a collection of three singles (collectively titled 'Joshua') at the beginning of 2017, which was her second project working with Bova. Skope Magazine says: "Sometimes a little goes a long way… Despite the apparent brevity of such a collection, Capelle encompasses vast musically imaginative worlds in this trio of songs thanks to two crucial factors above all others – the songwriting talent involved and, naturally, her vocal quality... Though she has technique to burn thanks to a stellar musical education and background, Capelle doesn’t sing like a technician. She has a freshness and spontaneity, instead, capable of capturing the spirit of any song with skill and grace. Leah Capelle is a rare talent."
In Capelle’s own words: “I want people who listen to my music to feel like they know me. I lay everything out on the table – I don’t ever write music that doesn’t relate to either what I’m going through or what my loved ones experience – so I deeply want to develop closeness with my fans.” Vents Magazine says: "Capelle has a well-honed sense for getting to the heart of what a particular performance demands with no nonsense style aiming to realize the composition’s potential. It’s a potent approach..." Highly anticipated follow-up EP by alternative rocker Leah Capelle delves deeply into her personal struggles with self-identity, relationships, depression, anxiety, and pressures from without and within.
The opener, "Out of Love", is one of the older songs from Capelle's catalogue - but its message rings truer than ever. In a statement, Capelle explains, "I originally wrote this song as a collection of little hurts that had accumulated, burned their way through my brain, and coalesced into this story-song of a rough break up. Little did I know that four years later, the words I had written in 2014 would be an almost exact depiction of something that happened to me this year - down to even the tiniest details. When it dawned on me, I immediately went back into the studio and reproduced the track." "Out of Love" is a gritty, dark, emotional pop song that bounces between alternative rock and pop effortlessly, and will drop you right into the room with Leah as she reflects on her self-fulfilling prophecy.
About “Docs”, Leah writes: "‘Docs’ is a song about searching for happiness in material and surface things. It's a true story of bizarre activities I was doing to make myself feel better, like buying clothes, rearranging my furniture, and going out pretending to be somebody I'm not… In reality, all my false attempts at being ‘okay’ made the matter worse. When I was younger, I had many male figures, whether significant others or mentors, tell me that ‘men don’t like short hair.’ So I kept my hair long because I was insecure. And finally, summer of 2016 I said ‘f*ck it’ and chopped it all off- that was a huge catalyst for me, and has actually brought me a lot of happiness in the weightlessness I feel now." EARMILK writes, “it proves how endearing, attractive, and upbeat vulnerability can be when done right,” and Atwood Magazine concludes, “Cheerfully ironic and ruthlessly driving, ‘Docs’ is a reminder of what really matters most – and it isn’t those new shoes.”
The third track, "Walking with Giants" is the younger sibling to her single "Joshua" released in 2017. Capelle wrote this as a love song to the great Sequoia wilderness and the powerfully gentle beauty it holds. About the song, she writes, "I was on a life-changing camping trip with a dear friend of mine, and as we got ourselves lost in the woods, I couldn't help but feel so infinitesimally small. These trees have stood their ground for centuries. They constantly evolve, the continue to adapt. They need wildfire to grow; what is a destructive force to most is a nurturing process for them - a notion I try to hold on to as I continue on a path in my own life that feels very much like a rebirth." "Walking with Giants", the inspiration for the title of the 'giants' EP, is an alternative rock chant that weaves together Capelle's love for the outdoors and her uniquely emotive songwriting.
The track "Better Off" is a moving acoustic ballad performed live in the studio featuring Leah’s good friend Hayley Brownell. Leah explains: “‘Better Off’ is, at its core, a piece about letting go. When you know something is unhealthy, and is not bringing you joy no matter how much you wish it would, there is strength in being able to say that that thing - be it a situation, a place, or a person - cannot hold you back. This is a song about strength even when strength is the last option." "'Better Off' is a song that the world doesn’t want to let go unnoticed," writes Warlock Asylum.
"Settle Down" is a sweetly sad depiction of Capelle's growing pains. In the song, Capelle writes to herself, almost in a soliloquy, as she works through feelings of loneliness and external pressure. In the bridge, she begs the questions, "How do I find myself when everyone is telling me who to be? / How do I ask for help when no one is listening?" The juxtaposition of 'everyone' and 'no one' is striking, and the sentiment is something that many can relate to. "Writing 'Settle Down' was an act of catharsis for me," Leah writes. "I've always been a fairly upbeat, smiling person who can process feelings and experiences fairly quickly. But honestly, the last couple of years have been tougher than most. If anything, 'Settle' is a letter to myself - a reminder that things WILL get better in time." "Settle Down" is an off-the-cusp pop/rock song that transitions from an almost-late-80s vibe into a gigantic rock section, and is a powerful culmination of the 'giants' EP.
These tracks truly represent the inner workings of a subtle and intricate mind. The songwriting, lyrics and production resonate to your core.