Leah Shoshanah is a singer, a songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. Her music runs the gamut of genre— from delicate classical music to upbeat country/Americana folk songs to ballads with her own style of samba-hybrid guitar technique.
Leah's musical beginnings were in classical voice and opera. Today, most people compare her emotional and dynamic singing style to Joni Mitchell. Her composing style draws influence from singer-songwriters like Nick Drake and John Denver, and her song content and poetic lyricism is similar to the late, great Leonard Cohen. She is also influenced by studies in Brazilian guitar technique, growing up singing classical music and musical theater, years of performing Jewish music, the Beatles, and her exposure to folk music on journeys throughout America's mountain towns.
Leah plays solo and with various ensembles around Chicago (and occasionally tours with simplified versions of these ensembles). Sometimes, she plays with her dad, David Cowen, who is a cellist, pianist and composer. For bigger shows, she arranges original music for her band Shosha Wolf and the Midnight Howlers. Recently, she's teamed up with the multi-intrumentalist, Abud: A Bard (www.abudabard.com), as The Rosebud Duo and she sings/plays Jewish and World music for Tzedek Chicago, a social-justice oriented synagogue.
In June 2017, Leah released her debut album, “A Child Like This”. The album was self-produced, and featured songs that she’d been playing around Chicago for several years. The release was marked by a sold-out concert at PianoForte Chicago where Leah sang the songs from the album with all seven of the musicians who were featured on the record.
After the release, Leah took a brief tour to the East Coast, played several shows around Chicago and then took a much needed break. She is currently recording a solo acoustic album, planning a series of intimate house concerts and curating a cross-cultural multi-genre music program to debut in Modesto, California in November.