Singer Songwriter LeeAnne Savageby Tyler Woods on Feb. 17, 2012, under Artist
As a musician, I love music. I made a living doing music for many years. I owned my own business so to speak as a musician. I paid my rent and all my bills and was fascinated that I was able to make a living doing what I loved–music. So today Tucson Biz Beat, which focuses on local small business, art, food, clubs and entertainment proudly salutes LeeAnne Savage.
I recall years ago, I was somewhere and I heard this band playing. I did not think much of it as I was in a hurry and had to be somewhere, but the singer started to belt something out and it caught my attention. I recall stopping in my tracks, turning around and was amazed that I heard that sort of voice coming out of such a small framed woman, and then I realized that day that dynamite comes in small packages, and that was my first introduction to singer, songwriter and musician, LeeAnne Savage.
Tucson not only salutes Savage, we should be proud to have this wonderful artist calling Tucson her home. After all, she is somewhat of a local celebrity. She has had the honor of being the opening act for performers as Lonestar, Belinda Carlisle, Clay Walker, Kool and the Gang, The B-52′s, Eddie Money, Jefferson Starship, Blaine Larsen, to name just a few.
This high-energy performing artist successfully performed in and around the western US since 1995 with a collection of high caliber of musicians. Making her home in Arizona, many of her bands were not only very popular with fellow Arizonans, but received high accolades such as several TAMMIES (Tucson Arizona Music Awards) for Best Band, Best Musician, Best Vocalist.
So many of you are wondering, well where this amazing singer is and how come you have not been privy to hearing her. That is because In 2007, LeeAnne decided to remove herself from performing and touring to focus solely on her songwriting. It was during this time that she rediscovered her passion and love for country music. As LeeAnne honed her songwriting craft, her songs became more lyrical, with the emphasis being on the story line itself. She decided to infuse the genres she loved to create a blend of her favorite musical stylings. When asked as to the genre of her CD, it is referred to as “Alternative Country Rock Pop” as many music genres are represented in this offering.
In July 2010, LeeAnne went to Beaird Studios in Nashville, Tennesee and recorded all music tracks for her recently released CD, “To The N9nes”. The list of musicians who accompanied her was a who’s who of the recording industry, and included the likes of Eddie Bayers on Drums, who was the first call session player. Michael Rojas on Keyboards, who was the first call session player named Academy of Country Music’s Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year in 2010. Dan Dugmore on Dobro and Steel Guitar who was the former player for Linda Ronstadt’s band for 14 years and James Taylor’s band for 11 years. Russ Pahl on Steel and Rhythm Guitars who played on CDs such as Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, andMiranda Lambert. JT Corenflos on Lead and Rhythm Guitars and played on Carrie Underwood, Trace Atkins, Kenny Chesney CD. Eli Beaird on Bass , and Larry Beaird on Acoustic Guitar both accomplished musicians who played back up for top country artists.
LeeAnne has put together a remarkable band and is booking shows which helps boost Tucson local businesses. She is also excited that she has an upcoming music video featuring the fan favorite “I Like To Play With Boys” and the powerful ballad “I’m Always With You”! You can stay up on her through her Facebook or Reverbnation.
If you want something really fun to do this weekend, go see her this Saturday February 18th at Whiskey Tango, 140 S Kolb. She will be the second of three bands performing, taking the stage at approximately 10:15pm. So Tucson Biz beat salutes LeeAnne Savage as a well accomplished artist, local celebrity, and a huge animal advocate.