Get To Know: Russell Leedy aka Kings of Carlisle
Russell Leedy is a singer, songwriter and producer crafting songs in many genres of music including rock, soul, jazz, gospel and country. His first recordings were in California. He was produced by Canyon Crest Records and released 4 songs under their direction. Russell then traveled and lived in Miami, Florida for over 10 years. He formed a band and performed in many local Miami clubs Russell returned to Pennsylvania and continued to play music.
He has spent many years playing clubs and entertainment venues in the Pennsylvania area. Kings of Carlisle known as K O C, was formed with the late guitarist, Keith and Russell in 2018. The pair were best friends and Keith played guitar on many of the songs. They published and released three songs on all music platforms and had hoped to produce the new album together. Russell will continue the dream for both and the album will be released in 2021. The K O C brand has a very unique sound , that has attracted a large following around the world. Every song has been written and produced by Russell Leedy, is uniquely diverse and is a sample of our journey and experiences through life.
Join us as we talk to Russell...
- So firstly, how would you describe your sound?
My sound is a unique blend of soul, rock, latin sometimes jazz, all wrapped up into one package.
- What’s a typical day in the studio like for you?
It's a long day since I do the instrumentation, I am playing, singing and then comes the production part. Mixing and mastering. I record the song and mix those particular tracks to where I want them. Then I start the mastering process that sometimes can take weeks. It all starts with recording the music.
- Do you have to be in a certain mood to write a song?
Sometimes a particular mood will inspire me to write a type of song. Like an upbeat song or ballad. And other times a melody will pop into my head randomly. And I will say "Where did that come from?" and I will build the melody on the piano. Other times I have dreamed of the song and have woken up and played it.
- Who are your three biggest musical inspirations?
Daryl Hall ,Earth, Wind and Fire and U2.
- Who is the best band you've ever seen play live?
- What’s the toughest part of the industry for you?
The toughest part is writing music that people are actually going to like and then being able to find avenues to get it to the masses so that they can hear it.
- What’s the most enjoyable part of the industry?
THe fans of the music telling you how it has touched them and means to them. And their supporting comments.
- What’s in store for you for the rest of 2021?
We have a new song called " Show Me The Light" coming out October 22nd. In which I sing part of the chorus in Spanish. And then towards the end of the year going to Miami, Fl. to record a music video for a song I wrote 8 or 9 months ago called " Every Moment".