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Singer-Songwriter Tanya Leah Plans ‘Double Single’ Release & NYC Concert for 11/3 at The Bitter End
(Published: October 23, 2014)

Singer-Songwriter Tanya Leah Plans ‘Double Single' Release & NYC Concert for 11/3

A Platinum-Selling Songwriter Upends Her Career to Care for Ailing Father, Who in Turn Inspires Quiet Gem ‘Roses for Panjo'; Intimate Profile Runs in His Hometown ‘Riverdale Press'

"She has written songs for many acclaimed artists, such as Wynonna Judd and Lesley Gore and her music has been featured on numerous television shows including "Dawson's Creek" and "How I Met Your Mother"

Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Tanya Leah will release a ‘double single' on November 3rd - the gentle, understated tracks ‘Sail' and ‘Somewhere Beautiful' will be timed to coincide with the 90th birthday of Tanya's father, who inspired the songs. A concert at NYC's The Bitter End is confirmed for November 3rd as well.  

10/22/14 By Maya Rajamani
An intimate portrait of Tanya Leah's journey was published this week, in her father's hometown paper:

New album is fond letter to artist's Riverdale father


As a respected writer in New York and Nashville, Tanya Leah has crafted songs that have collectively sold over two million copies. Her credits include tracks for such artists as Melinda Doolittle, Wynonna Judd, Lesley Gore, and many others. As a live performer, she has toured with the likes of Alison Krauss, Jonatha Brooke, Ani DeFranco, John Hiatt and more. Her songs have also been featured on numerous TV shows, including ‘How I Met Your Mother'.

Her thriving career as a songwriter was upended in 2011 when her father Ira (aka Panjo, a respected artist,) had a severe stroke. Leah put her writing career on hold, and relocated to New York to care for him. She shares the story in her notes, below. Along the way, the songwriter became the caregiver, but over time the caregiver re-emerged as a songwriter, emboldened and inspired to create the project ‘Roses for Panjo' - songs of hope and inspiration for her father, as he experiences the physical and emotional challenges of his new life.   

The Record-Journal  (Meriden, CT) -
CD review by Jim Pasinski 10/2014

Singer/songwriter/producer Tanya Leah found inspiration for her latest album "Roses For Panjo" while caring for her father after his recent stroke. She has written songs for many acclaimed artists, such as Wynonna Judd and Lesley Gore and her music has been featured on numerous television shows including "Dawson's Creek" and  "How I Met Your Mother." Her most recent album begins with the flowing melody of "Somewhere Beautiful" and continues with the gentle advice of "Sail." The music gets a little up beat with the playful country/folk sound of "Everything & Anything" and "Signs Of Spring." Tanya takes on the inspirational "What A Wonderful World" with ease and grace, before closing with the smooth, mellow jazz of "Dream With Me." To find out more about the new album "Roses For Panjo," please visit rosesforpanjo.com .

‘Roses for Panjo' recalls Shawn Colvin's ‘A Few Small Repairs' in a number of ways. First, there's the visceral reaction to the tracks themselves...an achy, middle-of-your-stomach feeling that something ‘bigger than the song' is going on here...then there's the voice, clearly reminiscent of Colvin's emotional tug. But, whereas ‘A Few Small Repairs' darkly recalled a marriage falling apart, ‘Roses for Panjo' seeks a place where hope can fuel recovery. Tanya Leah manages to create a lullaby for her ailing father that lifts our spirits even as she aims to bolster his.  She comments:

In August of 2011, I was just a songwriter living in Nashville with my husband, Arnie, happily writing songs that my publisher would try to get other artists to record.  By the end of first week of September, my life no longer resembled anything I recognized - my father, a wonderful artist/musician/poet, suffered a debilitating stroke, and became completely incapacitated...and I became a caregiver.
I came up to NY to try to help dad get better. I was sure he would - after all, he was still very spry for his age, and both my grandmother and my uncle had had terrible strokes that they recovered from well. It didn't actually occur to me that he wouldn't recover fully, and it certainly never crossed my mind that he would not regain many of the basic functions that he had lost. He still cannot move his left side, cannot communicate easily, cannot eat, move, swallow, or do anything for himself.
For a long time, he was understandably distressed and would become extremely agitated. I scoured the internet to try to find something that would help. I read online that people with dementia and/or Alzheimer's who suffer from agitation can sometimes find some peace and relief by listening to simple, happy songs, or relaxing music that takes their mind away from their struggle for a little while.
And by the way, did I mention I'm a songwriter'
So, these songs and this project were born out of my love for my father, and my need to try to soothe him, lift his spirits, and take him to a happier state of mind. I'm happy to say that I've been playing dad the songs, and they really do seem to help him...
And the funny thing is that they've made me feel better, too.
I have been receiving wonderful feedback from many people, and I am so grateful for that. Some have told me that not only do they enjoy it, but their kids do as well. Some have used it as a lullaby album. Or as a happy road trip record. Some start their day with it, and others listen as they wind down at night. I'm just glad people like it... :)
I'm deeply hopeful that this music will help people, as well.
I would love to hear from you, and hear your stories...please feel free to email me, or share your thoughts on the Roses For Panjo facebook page, if you'd like.
Wishing you and yours well... With love and gratitude,  xoTanya

Please visit the Roses for Panjo website: http://www.rosesforpanjo.com/home.html -
Watch Tanya Leah's video for ‘Signs of Spring' from the new album: https://www.youtube.com/watch'v=WUKI1QOOJxI
Visit: http://www.tanyaleah.com/home.html

More Information: http://riverdalepress.com/stories/New-album-is-fond-letter-to-artists-Riverdale-father,55529?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=maya+rajamani&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=&sub_type=&town_id=

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