Lesley Kernochan is a Colorado based singer/songwriter/composer. She has just released her first family/children's music album, "A Day in the Life of a Boogaleeboo" and has two other "adult" albums as well including "The Pickle Jar" (2009) and "Undulating" (2006).
“…filled with unending, smile-inducing brilliance!” - KBOO 90.7FM Portland, OR
“Kernochan’s jazzy pop is intelligent, playful, and has plenty of nuance and groove to boot.” - CDBaby
Lesley began playing music in the Santa Monica, California school bands and choirs and was putting most of her heart and sweat into playing classical and jazz music on Alto Saxophone in high school. At Lewis & Clark College in Portland OR, she majored in Music Composition and from there, as a senior in college, finally got to join her first non-school organized band: The Monsoon Ensemble. This was a jazz trio that morphed from being an alto sax and straight jazz trio, to a Brazilian music quartet that helped Lesley blossom as a singer. Soon the singing was the focus and the alto sax was the sidekick. After a short stint to South Africa to teach and be immersed in one of her passions, South African gospel music, Lesley came running home with the homesick blues, and decided to join a 30+ person circus-y Mardi-grasesque band in Portland OR called The March Fourth Marching Band. Lesley played sax, sang, and wrote music for this group for 4 years as the group grew from a local band to an internationally touring act. During this time, Lesley also began taking opera singing lessons with Barbara Skipworth and a few years later, joined the cabaret world music quintet Vagabond Opera. Vagabond Opera also began touring in the US and Europe and Lesley stayed in this band for 4 years as well. Throughout her 9 years in Portland Oregon and while touring/performing with these groups, Lesley began to write her own music as a solo project. The first album she produced, "Undulating" (2006) was a tribute to her love for the voice and influenced by inspirational a cappella musicians such as Sweet Honey in the Rock and Bobby McFerrin. The album is mainly a cappella with a few instrumented songs sprinkled throughout. The music from "Undulating" was performed for about a year by a group of six singers that Lesley put together called The Jellyfish Chorus.
Three years later, "The Pickle Jar" was released. In this album Lesley began writing for a full band and adding in some strings and horns as well. The music bounces between all of her eclectic musical tastes with anything from honkey-tonk country twang to solo piano ballads to funky blues. "The Pickle Jar" was featured as Editor's Pick of the Week on CDBaby, and was celebrated on podcasts and radio stations around the world. She toured this music in the US and Europe in 2011.
Lesley is currently living in Boulder Colorado and enjoys writing and performing music for kids AND adults. She looks forward to performing this new album of music and maybe doing a hard core birthday party tour.