Leila Milki is a Lebanese-American singer, songwriter and instrumentalist based in Los Angeles, California. As a multilingual pop-fusion musician, she integrates her classical piano training with her Arab heritage to create thoughtful instrumentation, engaging melodies, and heartfelt harmony. She strives to translate her artistry into an accessible platform for emotional and cultural empowerment.
A graduate and Renaissance Scholar of the University of Southern California's Communication, Songwriting, and Music Industry programs, and a recipient of The Royal Conservatory's ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance, Leila now pursues a full-time career as a vocalist, pianist, composer, lyricist, educator, recording artist, and performer. In March of 2017, she released her debut album, “Promises,” a collection of her original songs rooted in personal stories and cultural histories. With themes of nostalgia, empowerment, heartbreak, belonging, and a yearning for home, her lyric-driven work relies on intimate storytelling and sensory writing, woven together through intricate piano and guitar arrangements, full-band layers, soulful vocals, and a powerful yet honest delivery.
Leila also draws from the musical and poetic traditions of her Lebanese roots, seeking to merge the vivid nuances of her middle-eastern background with the Western stylings of her contemporary pop-alternative influences. This union of East and West is captured in “Leil Ya Leil,” the Arabic/English fusion single she wrote as a special tribute to El Koura, Lebanon. Arab America deemed it "an endearing combination of her two worlds,” and claimed that "the traditional Arabic music, paired with the energy of modern pop music, provides listeners with bone-chilling excitement as they listen to Milki’s story-based lyrics.” This track earned her the Lennon Award and Grand Prize in the World Category of the 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Also included on “Promises,” her song “See You Tonight” won her the Grand Prize in the Adult Contemporary Category of the 2017 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest (along with "Hit and Run" as Honorable Mention), and "Our Eyes Close" was an Honor Finalist in the Singer-Songwriter Category of the 2017 Great American Song Contest.
In March of 2018, Leila released "New Year," an intimate meditation on the illusive ideals, ever-changing circumstances, and smallest hints of light that drive us in our most ordinary and extraordinary moments. The music video was featured as a Viral Video release through Radio One Lebanon, a global media publisher with a multimillion fan following.
Her latest 2019 single, “All That Remains,” is a tribute to a loved one lost. All streaming proceeds will benefit The Stanford Hospital Duodenal Cancer Research Fund, In Memoriam of Sami Hamade. Leila hopes that the song can provide an outlet for those who have experienced loss, both in its life-rupturing enormity and in its unparalleled ability to highlight love, light and the healing power of community.
Leila performs regularly in the greater Los Angeles area and the San Francisco Bay Area (where she was born and raised). She incorporates English, Arabic, French, and Spanish into her captivating performances, and finds that these separate, yet beautifully cohesive narratives enrich her creative palette, inspire her multilayered perspectives, and ultimately elevate our colorful, unified humanity.