Music Bio

  • Irene Leland is a songwriter/singer who composes and performs folk/pop/soft rock music. She writes both lyrics and music and accompanies herself on the guitar. She also composes promotional jingles and theme/specialty songs. She enjoys performing cover songs as well.
  • Leland has a plentiful treasure box of musical trophies. She has won multiple music awards with The Akademia international music competition, the Song of the Year worldwide competition, the Poze Productions/Poze Records Inc. and  the Clouzine international music competition.
  • In reflection of her numerous “Best Song” awards, Leland was honored with the highest level recognition as the “Master Folk Singer-Songwriter Artist”at The Akademia’s gala award ceremony event at Club 54 in April, 2017 in Pasadena, CA. She was recognized again for this achievement at the award ceremony in April, 2018.
  • Leland joyously became a signed artist in September, 2018 with “Imperials Plus Records”. Her original song, “As You Dream Tonight” has been arranged, produced and recorded as a duet with Irene and fellow Master recipient for Pop, Keith Galliher Jr. ( Producer is Clarence Collins, distinguished member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Founder of Little Anthony and the Imperials. Arranger is Patrick Thrall, three time Grammy nominee.) The recording was made at the infamous Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas.
  • “As You Dream Tonight” made its international radio and streaming debut on “America Matters Media” KCKQ radio broadcast from Reno in September, 2018. It was the main subject of the “Two Paths” hour show.
  • In August, 2017, Leland was honored with two Artist of the Year awards for both Folk and Singer/Songwriter at the X-Poze-Ing Music Awards event in Chicago. She was also a featured performer.
  • The Akademia awards earned Leland international radio airplay for many of her originals on many stations worldwide, several of which reached the #1 rating in the charts for her genre.
  • Due to these credits, the Marquix Global Network published two international feature stories about Leland that are also carried on six other international press syndicates as well as ten international radio station websites. She was named one of the “Musicians Who are Hot in 2014”. In April, 2015, she was named one of the “New Music Artists Who Are Making Moves” by the Svelte Media Company. She is also being honored in 2017 with a new feature story on these networks.
  • One of Leland’s hit songs, “Goin’, Goin’ Gone” was selected for an international DJ network, being featured in a remix by Gauss and presented by over 4000 DJs worldwide.
  • Leland’s music has continued to significantly climb in ranking on both the Reverbnation and Number One Music platforms.
  • Leland and her singing yorkie, Georgio won three dog talent competitions performing her original song, “Georgio”: The “Fabulous Fidos” Contest, fundraiser for Stray Rescue, St. Louis, (2007), the “Canine Carnival”, fundraiser for the Animal Protective Association of St. Louis and the “Bark in the Park”, fundraiser for the Humane Society (2008).
  • Leland has three film song credits in the movie, “Apocalypse and the Beauty Queen”, 2005.
  • Leland received endorsement from former First Lady Rosalynn Carter for her song about mental health, “For All You Are” in 2005.
  • Leland performed her song, “The Ladue Song” that she wrote for the 50th anniversary of Ladue, an elite suburb of St. Louis, in 1988.
  • Leland’s original song, “St. Louis Is Alive!” was performed for the Veiled Prophet Fair by the George Johnson orchestra in St, Louis, 1985.
  • Leland wrote and performed the theme song for the Johns-Manville industrial film, “Sally Saves the Day” at the national Home Builder’s Convention in Houston, TX in 1972.
  • Leland performed her original song, “Come Love Tomorrow” in the documentary about the life of Bill Bradley, produced by the US Information Agency in NYC in 1968.
  • After performing six of her original songs for Edwin McArthur, the former Musical Director of the St. Louis Municipal Opera, in NYC in 1967, Leland received a huge endorsement from him which led to her performance on the “Marty Bronson Show” on St. Louis television.
  • Leland wrote and performed the theme song for the production of “Spoon River Anthology” at Bennett College in 1966.
  • Leland received uplifting acknowledgement of her original songs from Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary, who listened to her music in 1965.
  • Leland performed her original ballad, “The Old Post Office Song” about saving the St. Louis Old Post Office at a rally and on TV in 1965.
  • Leland wrote the score and performed her own songs in the Belvedere summer resort production, the “Cabaret” in Charlevoix, MI for five years during the Sixties.
  • Leland’s song compositions won her “Best Cabin Song” awards for three summers in the late Fifties at Rockbrook Camp in Ashville, NC.

A complete detailed bio, including names of song credits, is available upon request.