Welcome! For those who don’t know me, my name is Daniel Leigh and I am a singer and performer.
I sing in a number of bands including New Device and Jordan Red and have also worked as a solo artist for many years. This is my first blog of a new chapter in my career.
4 months ago, when lock hit the entertainment industry like a freight train, I was deeply concerned. I lost my day job in marketing and “fell through the cracks” for government support. I’m not ashamed to say that I began to slip into a pretty dark place. All across the news was doom and disaster; fear and hate. One evening I decided to go live on the New Device Facebook page to play people some songs and simply try to spread some “good cheer”. I set up my phone on a plant stand (true story!), ran through lagging and unreliable WiFi and hacked away on my guitar and sang my heart out to anyone who would listen.
The response was positive and immediate. I remember the very moment that I decided to give myself the task of playing a livestream every weekday evening at 7-8. Through this period of time I have avoided as much of the negativity of the media as possible and have immersed myself in the positivity that has manifest itself within these livestreams. Very quickly I was helped by my band mates and friends to increase the quality of my livestreaming and this performing technophobe very quickly did not recognise himself and all of the new skills he was being taught. The love and support I have been shown over this time has surprisingly given me and the bands I work with a new lease of life despite the current climate.
It has been some time since I have considered myself a “full time musician” but now I feel that the time is right, despite all the odds, to throw myself into music with more force and enthusiasm than ever. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this time so fruitful for myself, my projects and given me the courage to take this leap of faith into the future! Welcome….and strap in because I have many plans to entertain you!