News

APRIL 2017
Arab America published an article and interview with Leila regarding her new releases! Click on the photo below for a link to the full piece.

 

APRIL 2017
Leila traveled to NYC to perform an album release show at Rockwood Music Hall.

 

APRIL 2017
Leila hosted her album launch party in West Hollywood, performing a special acoustic concert for friends, family, and supporters.

 

MARCH 2017
Leila released her DEBUT ALBUM, PROMISES! It features 8 of her original songs, and merges rich cultural traditions with contemporary pop stylings. It is available worldwide for streaming and download on digital platforms.

 

MARCH 2017
Leila released a music video for her medley arrangement of two classics in Arabic and French, featuring her on piano and vocals, and Danica Pinner on cello. The video was shot/edited by Avi Richards at Blue Dream Studios.

 

MARCH 2017
Leila released her debut single, "Leil Ya Leil," as a nostalgic tribute to her Lebanese roots. It can be streamed on Soundcloud and Anghami.

 

JANUARY 2017
Leila collaborated with Arab instrumentalists to bring her new original Arabic/English fusion track to life at Blue Dream Studios in Los Angeles.

 

DECEMBER 2016
Leila was the artist guest at the LLCS Holiday Luncheon, benefiting children's education in Lebanon. The event took place at the world famous Cicada Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

 

SEPTEMBER 2016
Leila was featured on Episode 23 of Her Process, a podcast dedicated to interviewing women in the arts. Topics discussed include Leila's creative, cultural, and educational roots, the ways she's made a living doing music, her multilingualism, and what goes behind the songwriting process.

 

JULY 2016
Leila performed Arabic music at Enigma Magazine's Celebration of Arab Glamour & Success, accompanied by Lebanese percussionist Marc Khoury. Guests of honor included Arab celebrities Yousra, Hala Sarhan, and Amr Youssef (who complimented her voice after the performance!).

 

JULY 2016
The National Apostolate of Maronites (NAM) Convention featured Leila as a Lebanese-American performer, alongside renowned talent from the Middle East. It was one of her biggest performances yet, and definitely one of her favorites.

 

JUNE 2016
Leila was invited to be the Keynote Speaker at the International School of the Peninsula's middle school graduation. She shared the importance of multiculturalism and its impact on her musical career.

 

JUNE 2016
Leila picked up a residency at Calamigos Guest Ranch in Malibu, playing and singing cover music from 8pm-midnight every Saturday. Come sit back and enjoy craft cocktails, delicious hors-d'oeuvres, and a lovely outdoor patio with firepits...as Leila takes your musical requests in the lounge throughout the evening!

 

MAY 2016
Leila has been immersed in the recording process for her debut album, fusing her intricate piano and acoustic guitar stylings with her pop-oriented, lyric-driven, and middle-eastern-inspired melodies. She is hoping for a September release.

 

APRIL 2016
Leila sang Arabic songs and played keys at the second MELANGE of 2016, with proceeds benefiting the Artist Mission, a nonprofit that provides aid and art workshops to refugees and children of war.

 

APRIL 2016
Leila was named the 2016 Rising Star Alumna Award Winner by the International School of the Peninsula for her "passion, creativity, and altruistic spirit." She was invited to sing at ISTP's 28th Annual Gala & Auction, where she accepted the award and performed a lively medley of show tunes (inspired by the night's Roaring 20's theme).

 

APRIL 2016
Thanks to her generous friends, family, and beyond, Leila raised over $12K to fund her album - more than doubling her initial goal.

 

MARCH 2016
Leila launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her debut album! She exceeded her minimum target goal in just over 24 hours, and she's thrilled to continue the progress (until the April 9 deadline) in order to make her lifelong passion a viable, fulfilling reality.

 

JANUARY 2016
Leila performed at MELANGE, a multicultural showcase featuring artists from The Voice Lebanon and Mexico, and stars from Youtube and Instagram. She sang Arabic classics accompanied by a full band, in collaboration with fellow members of the House of Lebanon Artist group.

 

DECEMBER 2015
Leila became a member of the Lebanese Ladies Cultural Society (LLCS), a nonprofit dedicated to providing scholarships to young students throughout Lebanon. She performed English, Arabic, French, and Spanish songs at the LLCS holiday luncheon at Fig and Olive, donating her time to the cause.

 

OCTOBER 2015
Leila performed at the Sunjams Foundation backyard concert in Orinda, California, which benefited children's musical education in local schools.

 

AUGUST 2015
Leila went on a California tour with Katie Stump and Chris Garwood!

 

JULY 2015
Leila released her first full-band recording. "Rain Song" is available for purchase on iTunes, and for streaming on Spotify.

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rain-song-single/id1018965165

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3ktK6jJfBVBcn3DQoJOhrs

 

MARCH 2015
"Invincible" was used as the theme song for the Second Annual Worldwide EndoMarch. http://www.endomarch.org/

 

FEBRUARY 2015
Leila wrote "Human Together" for Castilleja School's Arts With A Heart production benefiting Ada's Cafe. http://www.paloaltoonline.com/news/2015/02/05/a-giant-leap-for-humankind

See below for the video of her song being performed by Castilleja students and Ada's Cafe workers in the Act One finale of the show (34:20).

 

OCTOBER 2014
Leila was featured as StarCentral Magazine's Female Artist of the Month.

Full story: http://www.starcentralmagazine.com/female-artist-of-the-month/2014/09/30/leila-milki/

 

AUGUST 2014
Leila wrote the girl-power pop theme, "Invicible," for "Boys' Toys," a documentary about the representation of women in video games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjecKM_sjSc

 

AUGUST 2012
Leila skyped with Sara Bareilles, one of her biggest influences, after winning the Once Upon Another Time Cover Contest.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiJ2JDLKJTA

 

DECEMBER 2011
Leila received her ARCT Diploma in Classical Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music (the equivalent of a university-level degree).

 

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