Anna Leone today releases a stunning live version of her latest single, ‘Still I Wait’, shot on location at Italy’s Lake Como. The single is produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, Hurray For The Riff Raff), also at the helm for previous single releases ‘Once’ and ‘Wondering’ which have drawn Leone airplay across Radio 1 (Annie Mac, Sian Eleri) and 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Maconie) . A winner at the 2020 Music Moves Talent Awards (alongside Flohio, girl in red and Pongo), Stockholm native Leone emerged in 2018 with her widely applauded debut EP ‘Wandered Away’, drawing fans at 6Music including Lauren Laverne & Guy Garvey, alongside Ones To Watch tips from Spotify and YouTube, and over 18 million streams online. Watch ‘Still I wait’ – directed by Marie Vinay – live in session from here.
Whilst ‘Still I Wait’ is a finespun admission of the challenges in overcoming vulnerability and feelings of isolation, at 26 Leone is shy yet determined to connect. Anna grew up the quietest of five sisters in a suburb of Stockholm. An introverted video game and sci-fi obsessive, Anna fast developed her own rich inner life, absorbed in the storytelling DC and Marvel. It’s an escape she seeks comfort from now; I love losing myself in other universes, they give me a sense of belonging. Similarly, Leone bought a guitar with no other intention beyond privately perfecting treasured releases by the likes of Bon Iver, Lana Del Rey and Laura Marling.
Demonstrating a facility for emotionally resonant song-writing of her own, Anna’s music was first released by a French music producer & owner of French indie label Half Awake, who had been told how good her music sounded. He saw their potential to connect instantly, that her songs deserved to break out of their physical confines. Battling against the debilitating stage fright which is still present today, Leone has found a fast-growing international audience which continues to stretch far, far beyond the four walls of her teenage bedroom.