Press & Media

  • Press & Music Reviews

    BORN TO ART on BELL MEDIA

Montreal Natural

  • From Hollywood Songs to India Chants
    click to read
  • Finding Your Balance
    click to read

Canadian Music Week

  • NATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNER

Film / TV

  • Someone Like Me

    North Shore


    TV Movie

    La Presse

    click to read

Yoga Chicago

  • click to read

Music

Contact

  • Email Address:

Connect with Me !

Facebook Page Google Plus Instagram Last.fm LinkedIn Pinterest StumbleUpon Tumblr Twitter YouTube

One-Line Bio

Helping people get out of their minds & into their hearts with music, meditation,mantras and mindfulness coaching

Biography

“if you can imagine it, you can create it, if you can dream it, you can become it “

William Arthur Ward’s inspirational words best describe the path in life that Lea Longo has chosen. The Canadian mantra singer/ songwriter has always taken an honest approach. Her chill, zen attitude, openness and warm personality underscore her enduring commitment to her craft. The results can be heard on her music reflected upon her life and experiences.

An accomplished singer/songwriter, Lea has garnered world-wide attention with major film & television song placements for the popular movie “Cheaper By The Dozen” starring Steve Martin,the TV Movie "She drives me Crazy", the immensely popular hit television series “Dawson’s Creek”, “Party Of Five”,FOX Tv series ”North Shore”, “Felicity” DVD collections and the TV series on WarnerBros, “Summerland" and many more. Most songs selected for these shows are from her Pop CD - ‘Miserably Happy’. Her mantra song, "Om mani padmi hum" was placed in the award winning film "A Brand New You".

HOLLYWOOD
For “Miserably Happy”, Lea was inspired by her Hollywood adventures where she lived for 3 years writing songs and pursuing her music dreams. She commented, “Living in LA was a great learning experience, it gave me courage, inner strength, and inspired me to write great songs; those songs were like snapshots of life's memories and moments". Lea’s voice is pure, smooth and soothing to the ear. Her early influences of pop and jazz have gently seeped into each song alongside her heartfelt stories of home and life experience.

One of the songs from "Miserably Happy" took home the GRAND prize award and distribution deal from Universal Music. In 2004, Lea won the National Songwriting Competition at the prestigious Canadian Music Week Festival in Toronto. She was the Grand Prize winner with her song ‘Ugly’, selected from 11 finalists and thousands of entries throughout Canada.

She was also awarded the Artistic Achievement Award from Concordia Fine Arts- (the university where she attained a BA in music and jazz studies.)

Lea has been performing her entire life throughout Canada and abroad. Some of the highlights have been at the VIPER room, the Bitter End, the Mint, Mtl Place des Arts Olympia Theatre, MGM Las Vegas and at major festival events including Bhakti Fest, The Toronto Yoga Conference, Yocomo, OM Fest, Fest Yoga, Wanderlust Festival and The Montreal Yoga and Chant Fest. (which she founded)

She has had numerous television appearances and considerable support from radio in Canada, US and Europe. Lea recorded and released an Italian jazz album "Buon Natale All'Italiana" featuring Italian language standards, recorded with the Bourassa Trio in Montreal. Along with Italian, Lea also sings in Spanish and French. But still, with a promising career, Lea felt something was still missing.

INDIA
It is in 2006 where Lea travels to India and discovers music mantras chanting with true chanting masters. This is where Lea’s transformation happens and it is at that moment when she decides to pursue world-ambient “Yoga Chanting” to a more profound level. Moreover, upon her return, Lea decides to become a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor and teaches mantra meditation to deepen her yoga practice and musical expression.

"It was like I was transformed with the mantra, everything changed at that moment"

In 2007, Lea co-produces and releases ZEN VOYAGE -an ambient music CD showcasing her soothing and velvety voice featuring 10 sacred mantras based on Sanskrit texts. Well received in the new age world, Anne Williams from the New Retailer Magazine quotes: “wonderful CD for anyone who enjoys chant but is looking for a new sound. Very nicely arranged and performed”.

Her 2nd world mantra "Kirtan" CD, "Peace Chants" is a collection of sanskrit, english and gurmuki mantras blended with world beats, melodic guitars,traditional persian and turkish instruments and receives many raving reviews from the new age community . Lea's voice is captivating and pure, leading the listener to a peaceful and meditative state of bliss. She starts leading Chant Group sessions in Montreal and forms the Montreal Kirtan Community where people can find their inner bliss through mantra meditation. It was an immediate success and a positive influence to the growth of the Montreal Kirtan community.

In 2012, Lea launches the 1st Annual Yoga Music Chant festival in Montreal (which she continues to produce annually) called The MONTREAL CHANT FEST, and continues to support the Montreal Kirtan community through her Montreal kirtan group (montrealkirtan.com) She is also the co-producer of OMMONTREAL, an event dedicated to the healing arts.

She also had the honour of sharing the stage and singing with the reknown new age artist, DEVA PREMAL in Montreal, singing for the guru SAI MA, and also with GURU GANESHA BAND at Olympia theatre.

Back to the Musical Roots in 2014
Her CD (which she also self-produced ) ‘SONGS OF A SIREN’ returns to her past musical education (she holds a BA in JAZZ Music). To add to her accolades, SONGS OF A SIREN receives amazing critiques and reviews and gets nominated for “BEST VOCAL ALBUM of the YEAR from ZONE MUSIC REPORTER and has played over 100 American & European New Age Radio stations.

The album is a collection of original love songs and mantras fused with known jazz standards like “FEVER” “Here’s To Life” & “The Very Thought of You” hypnotizing the listener with Lea’s sensual, seducing vocals, and musical arrangements morphing the verses & choruses with Indian mantras with the twist of Jazz, making the “East meets West” a true successful listening discovery. Lea is definitely breaking new grounds!

Mantra Lounge
In 2017, she collaborates with renknown Wanderlust DJ, DJ TAZ RASHID who remixes her new songs & music into a mantra lounge album, which she brands LONGO LOUNGE.
“Longo Lounge” is an easy listening album borrowing from the world exploration of exotica, down-tempo lounge, as well as the futuristic aspirations of space age pop infused with lush vocal melodic mantras.

With a passion for people and supporting inner peace through mantra music, you can be sure to be hearing more from this innovative artist ....


Lea with the GURU GANESHA BAND at the OLYMPIA THEATRE Montreal

BIOGRAPHIE
Peu d’artistes peuvent se vanter d’avoir un parcours aussi riche et varié que celui de Lea Longo. De la pop aux musiques du monde en passant par le jazz, cette auteure-compositrice-interprète a exploré plusieurs genres avec un égal succès, récoltant prix et éloges au passage. Parmi ses atouts : une voix captivante, une créativité inépuisable, une profondeur dans la démarche. Pionnière de la pratique du kirtan au Québec et cofondatrice du Festival de musique et yoga de Montréal, Lea Longo est une artiste et une entrepreneure en constante recherche. Chaque nouveau projet qu’elle entreprend nous fait découvrir une facette insoupçonnée de son talent.

Des débuts remarqués
La carrière de Lea Longo a connu des débuts pour le moins remarqués. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en musique jazz de l’Université Concordia, elle remporte en 2004 un concours d’écriture de chansons organisé dans le cadre de la prestigieuse Canadian Music Week, tenue à Toronto. Sa chanson "Ugly" lui vaut le premier prix. Bientôt, la pièce tournera dans les radios partout au pays et contribuera à la faire connaître auprès du public.

L’année suivante, elle fait paraître Miserably Happy, un premier album teinté d’influences pop et jazz inspiré par Hollywood, un quartier de Los Angeles où elle a habité pendant trois ans. « Mon séjour en Californie s’est avéré une expérience riche en apprentissages, explique-t-elle. Cela m’a donné du courage et une force intérieure, en plus de m’inspirer plusieurs chansons. »

Quatre des pièces de Miserably Happy figureront dans diverses trames sonores, notamment dans le film Cheaper By The Dozen, mettant en vedette Steve Martin, et dans les séries télévisées à succès Dawson’s Creek, Party Of Five, North Shore, Felicity et Summerland. Voilà un exploit que peu d’artistes d’ici peuvent se vanter d’avoir accompli.

Un voyage marquant
En 2006, Lea se rend en Inde : elle y découvre la musique indienne et y étudie les chants sacrés (mantras) avec plusieurs maîtres de chant. C’est alors qu’elle décide de pousser plus loin sa quête musicale et intérieure. « Le pouvoir du chant a eu un effet immédiat sur moi, indique-t-elle. Je me rappelle avoir pleuré en entendant Om Tare Tuttare Ture Swaha, un chant de guérison. Cette expérience a changé ma vie, ma musique et ma voix. »

De retour au Québec, Lea obtient sa certification d’instructrice de yoga kundalini et commence à enseigner, tout en menant de front sa carrière d’auteure-compositrice-interprète. En 2007, elle coproduit et lance Zen Voyage, un album de mantras sacrés en sanskrit qui met à l’avant-plan sa voix apaisante et veloutée. Le disque est accueilli par un concert d’éloges. Anne Williams du New Retailer Magazine écrit qu’il s’agit d’un CD qui saura plaire à tous ceux qui aiment les chants sacrés et qui sont à la recherche de nouvelles sonorités, soulignant au passage la qualité des arrangements et de l’interprétation.

Une passion pour le kirtan
Jamais à court d’idées, Lea Longo multiplie les projets. En 2008, elle fonde le groupe Montréal Kirtan (montrealkirtan.com), qui compte aujourd’hui plus de 300 membres. Elle y organise des séances de kirtan, aussi appelé yoga du son, une pratique qui consiste à chanter des mantras sous forme d’appels et de réponses. Ces séances jouissent d’une grande popularité, comme en font foi les nombreux témoignages d’appréciation formulés par les participants.

En 2010, sa discographie s’enrichit d’un nouvel opus, Peace Chants, qui regroupe cette fois des mantras chantés en sanskrit, en anglais et en gurmuk sur fond de rythmes du monde, de guitares planantes et d’instruments traditionnels turcs et persans. Envoûtante et limpide, la voix de Lea entraîne l’auditeur dans un état de paix et de méditation profonde.

Déterminée à faire découvrir le kirtan au Québec, elle cofonde en 2012 le Festival de musique et yoga de Montréal (www.montrealyogamusicfestival.com), un événement unique en son genre qui ne tarde pas à attirer de nombreux visiteurs.

Au cours de sa carrière, Lea s’est produite sur des scènes variées, dont le Viper Room, le Bitter End, le Mint, la Place des Arts de Montréal et le MGM Las Vegas, et dans le cadre de grands festivals tels que le Bhakti Fest, le Toronto Yoga Conference, l’Open Mind Festival, le Yocomo Festival, le Burlington Yoga Conference, le Fest Yoga, le Wanderlust Festival et le Festival de musique et yoga de Montréal.

En 2014, Lea lance son dernier opus "Songs of a Siren ", un recueil original de chansons d'amour uniques, de pièces jazz aux airs connût tel que Fever, "Here's to Life et "The Very Thought of You," qui sauront vous fasciner et vous enchanter dès la première écoute. Cet album réunit à la fois la voix sensuelle de Lea, des harmonies vocales envoutantes et des arrangements musicaux qui placent des chœurs et des mantras indiens au centre du projet. Sur des notes de sitar, de tablas et de guitares jazz, "Songs of a Siren" ensorcèle et vous fait découvrir d'une autre façon des territoires inexplorés.




Télécharger Bio Francais


Download Bio English




page d'accueil / home page