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Gates

by Scott Leader

Original Jewish Rock music with catchy melodies... These songs are upbeat, happy, and very fun to sing along with.
Genre: Spiritual: Judaica
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1. Sim Shalom
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2. Haporeis Sukkat Shalom
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3. Open Up Our Eyes
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4. Heivenu
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5. Mah Gadlu
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6. Four Questions
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7. Pitchu Li
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8. Love
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9. My Rock
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10. Elohai
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11. The Gates
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Finally! The long awaited 2nd CD by Scott Leader. This album features 11 new songs that will have you blasting Jewish music in your car... Oh yes!

Special guests on the CD include, Sababa! (Robbi Sherwin, Steve Brodsky and Scott Leader's new group.) Rabbi Lisa Tzur, Matt O'Desky, Danny Levin, Herb Belofsky of the Rain Ravens, and Jeff Friedl, Joel Gottschalk, and the man, Paul Anderson...


Scott Leader’s melodic approach and technical expertise have enabled him to produce music which is quickly becoming a part of the growing tradition of modern Jewish music. Scott’s debut CD, Lift My Eyes, has received excellent reviews and had sold over 2000 copies in 2 years. During the time since the CD’s release, Scott has performed concerts and led musical services at synagogues, JCCs, and summer camps across North America building a loyal fan following due to his fun, energetic, and family-friendly performances.

Scott’s Jewish musicianship and song leading gifts surfaced in high school as he was growing up in New Jersey. His popularity within the Reform Movement’s summer camps and youth groups evolved into a serious pursuit of his talents as he began college. While studying at the University of Arizona, Scott, along with friend and music partner, Billy Tiep, began to compose their own Jewish and secular music. Together with fellow composer, Robbi Sherwin, Scott and Billy began to travel and perform for Jewish communities all over the country. Since graduating in 1998, Scott has served as a teacher at the Austin Jewish Community Day School (Austin, TX), the director of Camp Isaiah (Los Angeles, CA), and as a cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai (Denver, CO).

Scott’s piano and guitar playing stands out as a presence on Robbi Sherwin’s two albums, Todah L’cehm, and, Aish HaKodesh. In addition, Scott has been featured on albums and in live performances with Sam Glaser, Craig Taubman, Yom Hadash, Mah Tovu, Noah Budin, Larry Karol and others.

Scott currently lives in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is producing music from his home studio.


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Allison Lattman

Funny, You Don’t Sound Jewish…
What a sound Scott creates using the musical stylings of his generation! He’s doing for us what the Evangelicals have already done so well—bringing religion and faith to a much larger audience. Every song on this CD, from the rockin’ “Sim Shalom” (which I can’t seem to get out of my head) to the beautifully composed “The Gates,” makes it known that this up-and-coming musician is a true ruach star!

Allison Lattman

Funny, You Don’t Sound Jewish…
What a sound Scott creates using the musical stylings of his generation! He’s doing for us what the Evangelicals have already done so well—bringing religion and faith to a much larger audience. Every song on this CD, from the rockin’ “Sim Shalom” (which I can’t seem to get out of my head) to the beautifully composed “The Gates,” makes it known that this up-and-coming musician is a true ruach star!

Eric Komar

Fabulous new Jewish tunes on this CD!
Yay, Scott's 2nd CD is finally here! Enjoyable tracks, some are very useable in a worship setting. The orchestration and studio production are simple, straightforward, and easy to listen to, not too busy. LOVE the guitar solos.

Rabbi Mark Kaiserman

Feel Great Jewish CD
Scott Leader's 2nd album shows improvement from his first in his confidence, voice, original compositions, musicianship, band, and back-up singers. The music might be described as Jewish Lite-FM - great to listen to in the background. But the pieces themselves are quite impressive as he tackles common and more unusual in Jewish text with great skill and soul. Several of the tracks on this album are likely to find their way into our synagogue's repetoire. I also suprisingly found myself loving the instrumental keyboard pieces and listening to the title track several times. In some ways, Scott's music reminds me of the less hard-edged piece of an early Billy Joel. "Gates" is a great opportunity to become familiar and fall in love with Leader's music so you can say, "I knew him when..."

Dr. Larry Lesser

balancing energy and space for the listener's own contemplation
As a fellow songwriter and guitarist, I can say that this young guy’s a natural! His second CD adds growth/diversity on the production end, while maintaining a balance of energy and space for the listener's own contemplation. Looking forward to his uplifting return engagements to El Paso!

Ellen Rossitto

My Son The Jewish Rock Musician
Even though I'm his mother, I can still give an unbiased review.....The CD is GREAT! I especially loved the Four Questions, which I am sure will be a staple at many families' seders in the future. And to think, all this from the boy who used to cry when our family sang "Di Anu". The arrangements are fabulous and the piano and keyboards so recognizably "Scotty" that I'm transported back a decade or so,to the baby grand in our living room. (A little Root Beer Rag, anyone?) Congratulations, Scott. We are all so proud!

Peter and Ellen Allard

We are loving it!
In Gates, Scott Leader has combined beautiful song writing with stellar performance, then surrounded it with sparkling production, all equaling a CD of excellence and depth!

Cindy

This is the best Jewish music I have ever heard!
We saw Scott in Chicago this weekend and we came on this site to check out the new CD. Wow!
I cant get the Heyvenu Shalom out of my head...
You're piano playing is absolutly gorgeous. I will be keeping this one in my car for a while.
Thanks!

Steve Meltzer

Scott Leader's "Gates" -- an extremely pleasant blend of pop and prayer.
Every so often there is a feel good album of Jewish music, and Scott Leader's "Gates" fit this to a T -- an extremely pleasant blend of pop and prayer. There is a lot of wonderful music here – particular favorites include the upbeat “Sim Shalom”, a haunting ethereal and inspired rendition of Jeff Klepper’s “Open Up Our Eyes”, and a “Heiveinu” with a definitively hip groove and marvelous harmonies – sure to be a NFTY hit! Scott has created some extremely singable number that are easy to pick up by all ages to go along with other pieces which you can sit back and let envelope you. Perhaps the only that exceeds Scott’ musicianship is his skill as a producer – it most certainly is evident here on “Gates”. Scott Leader's "Gates" will open up a whole new world of Jewish music to you. Get this CD -- you won't be sorry!

Michelle

Well worth the wait--buy two!
We waited a long time for this new cd and it was worth it. Love the "Four Questions!" Great car music for sing-alongs, and just great music.
Buy 2 or more and give them as gifts!