Leata Galloway

Leata Galloway

The late great jazz critic Leonard Feather, once borrowed Duke Ellington's phrase describing Leata as a singer "beyond category" reviewing her nightclub appearance for the Los Angeles Times. Feather went on to say that her act "offers a chance to observe, in unrestricted splendor, every facet of this dynamic artist. Galloway, with well over three octaves at her command, is given to unpredictable switches of range, mood and idiom. This is one singer who wants it every way Ķ nothing about her can be taken for granted."

Born in Brooklyn and raised in Harlem, Leata Galloway never really focused on a career in show business. As she puts it, "I was constantly running up to the Apollo Theater to catch all the acts performing there. I heard the depth in all their music and realized I wanted to express music in my own way." At home, Leata and her family listened to various recordings including that of Brook Benton, Nancy Wilson and Nat "King" Cole, which provided the foundation that permeates her performances to this very day.

Ms. Galloway's first professional experience in musical theater began, at the age of 17, with a role in the landmark Broadway musical "Hair". After two and a half years in its original cast, she moved on to other Broadway musicals, including "Don't Bother Me", "I Can't Cope", "Rockabye Hamlet and The Human Comedy", as well as "Golden Boy" and off-Broadway, "Iphigenia". Leata then moved to Los Angeles where she earned rave reviews for her performance in "Sophisticated Ladies". This led to several television guest appearances on The Tonight Show and The Merv Griffin Show. Awhile later she toured with the same production in Japan. Ms. Galloway appeared in the movie version of "Hair" and was featured singing a sensational version of "Electric Blues." She also acted and sang two songs in the movie "Cotton Comes To Harlem".

Ms. Galloway set out on her concert tour "Leata Swings The Standards," performing in cities across the globe including New York, Monte Carlo, Los Angeles and Hamburg, all to outstanding reviews. Recently Leata captivated audiences when she appeared at The Cinegrill and The Jazz Bakery, both in Los Angeles.

Not simply a scintillating songstress, Ms. Galloway's star continues to rise in film and television. She portrayed the legendary Billie Holiday in the mini-series Sinatra for the CBS network. Leata was featured in the film Steal Big Steal Little, with Andy Garcia and Alan Arkin, as well as lending her voice to the soundtrack.

Ms. Galloway has recorded with artists as diverse as songwriter Paul Jabara, jazz vibeist Mike Mainieri, and German rock star Udo Linenberg. She co-starred opposite Udo in the German feature film Panic Time singing a duet with Udo on the film's soundtrack. While working in Germany, Leata appeared in concert with The Peter Herbolzheimer All Star Band. The concert was recorded live and released on the Bellaphon label as Live From Hamburg Jazz Gala. Ms. Galloway then caught the ears of Ariola Records which led to her signing a deal, and the release of her first solo project simply entitled LEATA.

Ms. Galloway's next album, THE NAKED TRUTH was released on Columbia Records and received critical acclaim. The New York Times' Stephen Holden chose her CD as "Pop Album of the Week." Ira Mayer of The New York Post was effusive with praise of the album, adding that "her voice and phrasing are great her star ready to rise." Her third album was released in Japan on the Hi-Brite label and entitled SOPHISTICATED LADY ISĶ LEATA GALLOWAY. Swing Journal, Japan's premiere music magazine, nominated her for Best Female Vocalist for this album.

Ms. Galloway was the featured vocalist on a seventeen-country European tour with Joe Zawinul Syndicate, for The Budweiser/Newport Jazz Festival '89. The last stop on the tour ended in Modarao, Japan.

Most recently, Ms. Galloway was featured as the vocalist with the Pat Longo Orchestra for corporate events. With the sophisticated style that has become her signature. Ms. Galloway continues to add to her long list of accomplishments.

To contact Leata Galloway call 323-960-5028.