It was the Blues which ignited Leila Jane’s passion for songwriting and performing at the age of 15. The haunting tones of Robert Johnson mixed with a previous appreciation for Alison Krauss and connected her with a desire to find a form of expression which captured her individual experience of the world.
Over the last ten years, Leila Jane has used her life experience to develop her songwriting in a way that embraces the many styles of music she has fallen in love with along the way. The voices of deep soul, early rock n’ roll, folk/americana, jazz and alt rock/ indie are among her sources of stylistic inspiration.
Elegant touches of these styles emanate from her voice which has graced a vast amount of stages over the years including Glastonbury 2019, Brooklyn Americana Festival 2019, Electric Picnic (2016-2018) and the Cambridge Folk Festival 2013. She also played support for her favourite artist, Jessica Lea Mayfield, in 2018 and has supported many other well-established artists within the scene including Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Pokey La Farge, Angie McMahon, Bronagh Gallagher and Rival Sons to name a few.
After a support slot she played for Chris Shiflett in The Grand Social, Golden Plec remarked how Leila Jane performs her songs with ‘’passion and attention to detail’’.
In 2017 Leila Jane was delighted to be likened to ‘’the sultry tones of Karen Dalton’’ by Hot Press magazine.
The music blogger, Remy Connolly describes Leila Jane’s songwriting as having an ‘’unfiltered self-awareness'’.