"Leyla Fences has a voice that you'll remember after you've heard it once...the classic sound and unvarnished approach is going to appeal to a lot of the regular fans out there that wonder "what happened to country music?"" - Wildy Haskell, Wildy's World
“If you like real, honest to goodness Texas country music, you can’t go wrong with Leyla Fences. If you take your country like your whiskey, straight with no chaser, then this is the disc for you.” - Dan MacIntosh, ReviewYou
"Leyla is proof that honky-tonk is still alive and well and fun to listen to when done well. At a time when country music doesn’t sound like country music, Leyla Fences is a breath of fresh air." - Andrea Guy, Mossip
“I love to spin newer country artists like Leyla Fences who "get it" when it comes to REAL country music." - Ken Hippler, DJ “Good & Country”, KFAI, 90.3 Minneapolis/106.7 St. Paul
“I’ve never heard anybody describe my songs as sweet or romantic” Texas born singer/songwriter Leyla Fences says when asked to describe her music. She hesitates before grinning and adding “but then again, no one’s ever called ME that either!”
Texas born and bred performing singer-songwriter Leyla Fences presents traditional country music fans 2 collections of self-penned dancing, drinking and cheating songs with Texas flavor, modern lyrics, sonic production and sassy wit. Never sweet, rarely romantic and always fun, Leyla’s songs hook you immediately with her smart style, bold personality and “a sense of humor kin to the songs of Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Gretchen Wilson.” (Kaye Wright of Kaye G. Wright Studios in Dallas)
With a steel guitar and fiddle on almost every song Liars, Cheats & Fools (Leyla's Debut CD from 2010) and Itty Bitty Twang Twang (Released August 1, 2012) will remind you of country music the way it used to be.
“I found myself listening to today’s mainstream country and feeling two things,” says Leyla, “one, that it didn’t sound like country music anymore and two, that even though songs today might still portray everyday life, it’s mostly only the happy, picture-perfect parts. I sure wasn’t hearing songs that I could relate to based on what I was living at the time so I decided to write about those experiences – even though they didn’t all have fairytale endings.”
Always danceable and never pretentious, the clean sound of these original tunes lets every word and note be heard while tasteful production allows listeners to get the same great connection with the songs that her live audiences enjoy.
Leyla’s journey has been anything but a straight line. Although she experienced a typical Texas suburban upbringing, as a middle-child born under the sign of the bull she was happiest when she was stirring things up so she took off from home earlier than most and set out to explore the world’s wider pastures. Her zigzag has taken her around the world from foreign language and culinary studies in the U.S. and abroad to climbing the corporate ladder in Latin America and Europe. With her wanderlust satisfied, her career aspirations realized and a newfound understanding that everything she was looking for could be found at home, Leyla returned to Texas soil where her love for traditional country music began and where she plans on kicking up some dust.
Learn more about how Leyla is keeping it real and country at www.leylafences.com