Born: September 4, 1987 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Leah Staci Lewis is a singer and aspiring healthcare professional, hailing from the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Born the 4th of September 1987, to parents Neville and Althea Lewis, she is the younger of two siblings, her brother Dwight being the elder.
Leah began performing at the age of 8 years old, then in her primary school (St. Theresa’s Girls R.C) calypso competitions every year until her graduation in 1999. She then entered the Bishop Anstey High School, where after 3 years, she became a member of her school’s intermediate and then senior choirs. Rarely a soloist, Leah still enjoyed performing and participating in various school competitions and music festivals. It was here where she was able to participate in the International Eisteddfod Music Festival in Wales in 2005. That same year, Leah began to perform as a soloist in church.
Upon graduating from secondary school in 2006 Leah became enrolled at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine to pursue a BSc degree in Biochemistry. She also became a member of the Lydian Singers, an esteemed local choir under the guidance of then musicologist, Dr Pat Bishop. She then joined the Marionettes Chorale, another well revered local choir under the musical directorship of Mrs Gretta Taylor, with her brother in 2009 where they both remain members today.
In 2008, Leah participated in the Trinidad and Tobago Biennial Music Festival where she won the North Zone Contralto Solo category. That year, she began to perform as a soloist with Amadi Productions in annual concerts which showcase young, upcoming talent, aiding with the development of her confidence on stage.
Growing into her own, Leah developed a love for performing jazz music, drawing inspiration from the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and countless other jazz legends. Leah also has the voice to match the music that she loves. Her God-given voice is quite distinctive, with the mysterious ability to catch anyone’s ear and grab their attention. It has been described as rich, deep and soulful and has been compared to that of Smokey Robinson, Anita Baker and others.
Unique in her own right, Leah is also a classically trained mezzo soprano and has been taught by June Nathaniel at the Key Academy of Music. She also performs gospel, R&B, soul and popular music. Her admiration for dame Shirley Bassey has also had an impact on the singer’s stage presence and performance. Her past experience as a fashion model shows itself on stage, with an air of elegance and grace.
Leah is due to graduate from the University of the West Indies in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Public Health. She currently balances her education with her musical pursuits and performs at concerts, functions and events around the country. Soon after performing at the Tobago Jazz Festival, Leah most recently staged her very own concert for the first time, in May 2013 at the Little Carib Theatre in Trinidad. “Jazz is Here!” prove to be a resounding success, generating much excitement in the musical fraternity. Leah is continuing her efforts and is ready to share her gift with the world.
Awards:2008 - 1st place - North Zone Contralto Solo, Trinidad and Tobago Biennial Music Festival.
Pores raised and eyes opened wide when Leah Staci Lewis sang the first notes of “My Funny Valentine”
Lewis is in a nutshell, fantastic on stage. Not only does she have a great voice, but she also delivers the songs she sings with moving emotion and sincerity.
- Trinidad Express Newspaper: http://www.trinidadexpress.com/featured-news/Jazz-for-the- -206856531.html