Leah Suaréz is emerging as one of the Southeast's most authentic talents. A confident artist, with a luminous voice and an alluring stage presence, she has cultivated strong roots in jazz and Latin music into a deliberate, emotionally mature sound, combining the best of both traditions with glorious results. Leah's artistic perspective owes much to the creativity and inventiveness that comes from the mixing of cultures. While she performs a range of music that includes American jazz standards, Brazilian bossa nova, and folk music from all over the world, she is equally passionate about creating original music.
A graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in Music Performance, Leah has performed extensively in the Charleston, South Carolina area and at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival, as the bandleader of the group Toca Toca. She was featured in the May 2007 edition of Charleston Magazine as one of Charleston's "Women Who Rock." The article praised her "fresh and nuanced vocal style" and "considerable improvisational liberties," which are a hallmark of her performances, making even the most familiar standard unique and refreshing. She released her first solo EP, Found Freedom, in November of 2007. Leah also serves as the President of Jazz Artists of Charleston, a non-profit organization.
From Charleston to Brevard, and to Denmark and back, it is this musical journey that has brought her where she is now. With a strong focus on her art and a renewed sense of balance, Leah Suárez is confidently showing the musical community who she is: a singer, writer, risk-taker, and above all someone who believes, without question, in the power of music.