Fast-rising Welsh singer-songwriter Leon Stanford has recently unveiled the eagerly awaited brand new EP ‘Love Is A Colour’ through Hi-Tea Records on February 11th 2022.
This latest 6-track EP showcases Leon’s classic songwriting styling, along with showcasing the in-depth emotive core of his contemporary vocal harmonies.
Leon has kindly taken the time to speak with Fierce & Fabulous Revolution regarding his latest musical release & you can check out what he had to say down below.
Hey Leon, thank you so much for this interview. Can you start by telling the readers a little bit about yourself?
Leon: I’m 5ft 10 but for the last 10+ years I’ve always said I was 5ft 11 so here’s an exclusive for you.
Besides that pointless bit of information, I’ve been the lead singer of my band The People The Poet for the same amount of time I’ve told that lie. The last couple of years I decided to start working on my solo project as the band weren’t doing as much due to our guitarist(my best friend) being a diva and successful with his family band Phil Campbell And The Bastard sons. I often listen to a lot more soul and folk music and the solo project gave me an opportunity to explore that side of music more.
When did you first discover your passion for music?
Leon: I’ve loved music for as long as I can remember. Stars In Their Eyes was the highlight of the weekend as a kid haha. I think it was sometime in primary school that I discovered I could impersonate other singers and from there I’d use my voice like a guitar pedal exploring all the different voices until I found my own.
Have you always known that you wanted to pursue a career within the music scene?
Leon: Not being the greatest in school, I loved the praise and attention I got from singing but it wasn’t until comprehensive school when I began to write my own songs that I realised that there was nothing I loved more.
How would you describe your musical style to someone unfamiliar with your music?
Leon: Sounds like the music you expect to hear on a Hugh Grant ROM Com movie.
You recently released the new EP “Love is a Colour”, which sounds amazing by the way. How did the idea for this EP come together?
Leon: Love Is A Colour from the day I wrote it with George Glew has stood out and always been a standout title so it made perfect sense for the EP to share the same title. In both my albums released with the band they have been concept albums but with my first two EPs for my solo project they are very much me just enjoying writing music with no other connection than a good story and a love for folk and soul music.
What does this EP personally mean to you?
Leon: It’s a mixed bag of thoughts, opinions and stories from the last few years, tied up with this new experience of writing with different people like George Glew/Matty Benbrook and Danny Owen. Writing music has always felt like a free therapy session but even more so these last couple of years.
What are some of your favourite songs to feature on the EP?
Leon: I could make a case for them all, they’re all very special but right now I’ll say “Remember” as it’s one of those songs from day one of writing it felt like a classic. It’s a heartbreaking story of having a miscarriage and having to grieve for the child that you never got to meet. I understand it’s quite a full-on story for a song but I hope it can help anyone grieving
If listeners could take any message away from this EP, what would you like it to be?
Leon: I need to show my Mum this guy’s music
Are there any songs that are not included on the EP that we might see released in the future?
Leon: There is plenty of music to come! So much!
What are some of the things you enjoy outside of music?
Leon: Following my football team Cardiff City. A season watching them is a lot like listening to one of my EPs, plenty of ups and downs, maybe a little too much misery but you just keep coming back
What message would you offer to someone who was looking to pursue a career within the music industry?
Leon: I’ve heard there are some good pottery classes.
Finally, is there a message that you would like to share with the readers of Fierce & Fabulous Revolution?
Leon: Tell your Mum about my music, I bet she’ll love it. Tell your Nan as well if you’ve got one, she’ll love it to! Easy gift for Christmas when I drop an album. If you have a great Nan you’re just showing off now but tell her to.
You can check out ‘Love is a Colour’ on Spotify below or via Apple Music here.