Leslie Hunt | From the Strange to a Stranger

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From the Strange to a Stranger

by Leslie Hunt

An intimate piano/vocal collection of Leslie Hunt's music, before she was on American Idol.
Genre: Pop: Pop/Rock
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1. I
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2. Spill This Confession
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3. Come On In
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4. Reason for Flight
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5. Polygamy
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6. Jagged
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7. Skin Deep
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8. Pass You Around
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9. Down Day
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10. Weird - Ballsy - Painfully Shy
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11. Easy Does It
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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LESLIE HUNT was born to write, experience, and perform music, and from the moment you hear and see her, you will agree that she is a rare and phenomenal talent who has no choice but to follow the music inside of her. Her intricately composed songs emanate with rock, soul, jazz, and pop, and influences such as Bjork, Joni Mitchell, Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, and Stevie Wonder are subtly present in her music without taking away from the sheer originality of her sound and the power and control of her distinct voice.

LESLIE HUNT has been performing as a musician since childhood. Singing and playing piano by age four, the Chicago native performed with Kenny Rogers at age 11 and had already played leading roles in productions of “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Music Man” by age thirteen. In 2001, she inked a development deal with Sony and recorded a four-song demo the following year. Never one to slow down, LESLIE HUNT recently found herself in the national spotlight when she reached the “final 10 females” on American Idol 2007. From there, she found herself performing her original music on the Fox Morning Show in Chicago as well as many prestigious clubs including The Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, Elbo Room, Gunther Murphy's, Underground Wonderbar, and Katerina's. LESLIE has shared the stage with legends such as Rick Springfield and Jim Peterik.

A prolific songwriter, LESLIE HUNT is currently self-releasing a full length album that is expected to be finished by early January of ‘08. Expect more of the sultry melodies, lush harmonies, thoughtful piano playing, and pop sensibility of previous outings. Having already accomplished more than most do in a lifetime, LESLIE HUNT has only just begun. Expect to hear more from this extraordinarily gifted singer, songwriter, and performer.

For the latest information on music, gigs, merchandise, and other news, be sure to check out Myspace.com/LeslieHunt.


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Himm2 (Steve)

From the Strange to a Stranger
Saw Leslie Hunt in concert 6/2/07 after speed-voting for her on Idol and purchased this CD there before it was a shrink-wrapped/bar coded version and have played all the songs many dozens of times. The purity of the piano sounds and tantilizing/dreamy voice is very refreshing. She is an amazing talent and fun entertainer. Can't wait for the next CD to come out!

Tommy C.

Brilliant
You may very well know Leslie Hunt as the semifinalist on American Idol, or you might not know her at all. The truth is the Leslie deserved better than what she got on American Idol. Leslie Hunt proves herself as a brilliant writer and singer. She shows so much vulnerability by just singing her heart out with just a piano to back her up. Her vocals absolutely shine. Let's start talking about how brilliant her songs are shall we?

"Come on In" and "Jagged" were both recorded once before when Leslie made a demo with Sony records. Of course she wasn't signed because she would most likely be a household name (you can buy the Sony versions of these songs on her myspace). The Sony deal didn't happen from her own doing not because Sony didn't want her as an artist. "Come on In" had a huge transformation from the Sony demo to just her and the piano. On the Demo Leslie had a full band and then some helping her along, but with just her and the piano her vocals just SOAR! She sounds absolutely beautiful and I think that this version is better than the one on her myspace. "Jagged" has AMAZING lyrics and a beautiful melody where you can hear her just pouring her heart out, though I prefer this song with a full band, this version doesn't disappoint.

"Down Day" and "I" are two of my favorite songs on this album. They're both sort of long but extremely well written. You won't want them to end. The writing's so good on both of them, like amazing. I have no other ways to describe to you how good they. These are seriously brilliant. "Down Day" has a very eerie vibe to it and it just builds and builds until the chorus which is also the climax, "You caught me on a down day, baby, I've got it made." I get goosebumps every time. "I" is so pretty, the words she uses in this song are ones I have never heard used in songs before, they're just so descriptive and go together so well. She redid both of these songs on her new album (which comes out this year very soon).

"Easy Does It" is a really cool song because it's simple and short and it's pretty. It starts with just her singing. Then I don't know if someone else is singing or if she had just layered her voice on top of hers singing a harmony. Well anyway there's another voice that comes in and sings with her and then the piano comes in and it's just a really really awesome song overall.

"Pass You Around" is my absolute favorite from this album. It is one of the shorter songs but it is absolutely the best. The piano and her vocals in this song are just insane. It builds and builds and it always makes me feel kind of sad when I hear it but the emotion behind her voice is so strong, even if it doesn't leave YOU feeling sad. It will leave some sort of mark on your emotion.It starts out slow and just builds and builds until the end and her voice just nails all the notes.

"Polygamy" is a really cool sounding song. She doesn't make her lyrics up, you can tell that every word is something she has experienced which makes every song special in its own right. This song doesn't disappoint though, it's a really pretty song with strong emotion. The piano in this song has to be one of my more favorite piano parts on the album.

"Reason for Flight" is awesome, and for a while it was my favorite song. The music on this song sounds like it is right out of a music box, though the songs not a very happy one. It's actually a very sad song but it's so beautiful.

"Skin Deep" has my favorite message behind all of the other songs on the album. Her songs can all be interpreted to fit your own life. She talks about how some people's beauty is just skin deep and there's nothing beautiful on the inside. It's about someones chase after this bird and Leslie describes to you how ugly this seemingly beautiful bird can really be and that the chase isn't worth it.

"Spill this Confession" is also one of my favorites. The chorus is my favorite part because it's so cool and the way the song changes throughout is really neat, really neat. As I've said so many times. Her lyrics are extremely special in this song.

"Weird/Ballsy/Painfully Shy" is the most fun and cute song on the album. It's just pretty and very uplifting to me. The story she tells in it is one I think all of us have experienced at one time or another.

Overall this album is a must buy for anyone who likes amazing music. This album is definitely one of my favorite albums ever. Leslie proves that you don't need a full band for an album to be exciting. This is just a taste, wait till you hear what else Leslie Hunt as up her sleeves.

Adam Keele

A REAL Talent!
If you're lookin' for an artist that's just as good live, if not better, as in the studio, Leslie's your girl!

I was lucky enough to go to school with her in Chicago and can testify you're getting a genuine person and musician--one of the best! For the longest I thought she was a jazz vocal major, all the while being a composition major.

When I found out she had made American Idol, I thought, "FINALLY, an actual musician that's not a cookie cutter pop star wanna be"! America as a whole might not know good music or talent, but that doesn't mean you don't--I mean you made it this far!

Now Leslie can get around on a piano and has a very dynamic voice that rivals many great singers in all genres. You can easily hear the passion she has for her craft in each phrase. For an album of just piano and voice, Miss Hunt brings a wide range of emotions and dynamics that some can't even get with a full band. And her writing--superb, with the kind of skill usually found only in a seasoned professional.

You can't go wrong with this album, or any others she will out with! So do yourself a favor, and click "add CD to cart"!