IN HER WORDS:
"...I am inspired by Middle-Eastern icon Fairuz and her timeless melodic poetry, French chanteuse Edith Piaf and her captivating drama, Canadian songwriter Joni Mitchell and her prodigious storytelling. I draw from the romantic piano musings of Chopin, the dynamic rhythmic explorations of tap dancer Savion Glover, and the eloquent wisdom of Lebanese prophet Khalil Gibran. I am invigorated by the bright, dynamic spirit of Stevie Wonder, the seamless abandon of Carole King, and the spiritual, cathartic arrangements of Jeff Buckley. Today, I turn to the honest and visceral writing of Sara Bareilles, the enchanting vocal deliveries of Joy Williams, the lyrical genius of Death Cab for Cutie…and I am continuously moved by my peers, who nurture their craft with the most genuine, humble, and generous hearts."
LEILA'S CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS:
The John Lennon Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2017: Lennon Award Winner, World Category for "Leil Ya Leil"
The John Lennon Lennon Songwriting Contest, 2017: GRAND PRIZE WINNER in the World Music Category for "Leil Ya Leil"
West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest, 2017: GRAND PRIZE WINNER in the Adult Contemporary Category for "See You Tonight"
West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest, 2017: Honorable Mention in the Adult Contemporary Category for "Hit and Run"
The Great American Song Contest, 2017: FINALIST in the Singer-Songwriter Category for "Our Eyes Close"