PressNORTH TEXAS RECORDING ARTIST LEYLA FENCES’ NO-HOLDS BARRED DEBUT CD RELEASE “LIARS, CHEATS & FOOLS” MAKES LARGEST ONLINE DISTRIBUTOR OF INDEPENDENT MUSIC’S TOP HONKY TONK ALBUMS LIST
August 18, 2010 (Argyle, Texas) Leyla Fences’ debut album Liars, Cheats & Fools, released July 1st, 2010 and sold exclusively at online retailers, has out-sold hundreds of other offerings to find itself as one of the top Honky Tonk albums at CDBaby.com, the most popular independent music distribution site in the world. The album presents traditional country music fans 13 original tracks of dancing, drinking and cheating songs with Texas flavor, modern lyrics, professional production and sassy wit.
The music and lyrics for all 13 tracks on Liars, Cheats & Fools were written by the Dallas-born singer-songwriter, a “woman’s woman” whose fresh subject matter has been said to offer listeners a tongue-in-cheek view of male antics. The CD was recorded at Audio Dallas in Garland, Texas supported by professional musicians who have worked with recording artists such as LeAnn Rimes, Jack Ingram, Janie Fricke and Steve Holy. The CD was recorded and mixed by Matt Kennedy and Paul Osborn, whose experience includes recording and/or mixing more than 25 Gold and Platinum Records including 2009 Texas Music Award winner Jerry Audley’s Record of the Year Audley Enough. Mastering was completed by Randy Leroy of Final Stage Mastering in Nashville, Tennessee, who’s most recent credits include Jamey Johnson’s upcoming double CD, “The Guitar Song” on Universal Music Nashville, Karan Casey & John Doyle’s “Exiles Return” on Compass Records, and Darryl Worley’s upcoming release, “God & Country” on Stroudavarious Records. The artwork for the CD was completed by Grammy-nominated graphic designer Jami Anderson of JamiDesign.
With a steel guitar and fiddle on almost every song, the CD reminds listeners of country music of times past. “I found myself listening to today’s mainstream country and feeling two things,” says Leyla, “one, that it didn’t sound like country music anymore and two, that even though songs today might still portray everyday life, it’s mostly only the happy, picture-perfect parts. I sure wasn’t hearing songs that I could relate to based on what I was living at the time so I decided to write about those experiences – even though they didn’t all have fairytale endings.”
On Liars, Cheats & Fools not even the songwriter herself is immune to her say-it-like-it-is commentary.
“I’ve never heard anybody describe my songs as sweet or romantic” Leyla says when asked to describe her music. She hesitates before grinning and adding “but then again, no one’s ever called ME that either!”
Lucky Boyd of MyTexasMusic.com completed an early review of the CD and has called the collection of tunes “an ensemble of well-crafted, crowd-pleasing, dance-inducing toe-tappers that will find a home in your disc player for an extended stay…. an excellent project from start to finish.”
When asked for her take on the CD, Kaye Wright of Kaye G. Wright Studios in Plano, Texas says “There are a lot of women who relate to these lyrics and, while they might not be able to find the words to say what they are feeling for themselves, they can trust Leyla’s songs to say it for them.”
It appears that even though women might be Leyla’s biggest fans, they aren’t her only fans. “Anyone who likes good music and is partial to country is going to enjoy this album,” says Chip Butters, Owner & Chief Engineer, ButterSound, Seattle. Liars, Cheats & Fools is “a real nice mature sounding line between classic Nashville country & modern sonic production and lyrics” says Butters.
Leyla’s journey to this first CD has been anything but a straight line. Although she experienced a typical Texas upbringing north of Houston, as a middle-child born under the sign of the bull she was happiest when she was stirring things up so she took off from home early and set out to explore the world’s wider pastures. Her zigzag has taken her around the world from foreign language and culinary studies in the U.S. and abroad to climbing the corporate ladder in Latin America and Europe. With her wanderlust satisfied, her career aspirations realized and a newfound understanding that everything she was looking for could be found at home, Leyla returned to Texas soil where her love for traditional country music began and where she’s been kicking up dust and entertaining crowds at live music venues, dance halls and opry houses ever since.
The CD release marks a huge step in the career of the talented performing songwriter. Ms. Fences, who currently resides in Lantana, Texas, is now preparing to extend her tour to build upon her growing national and international fan base.
Liars, Cheats & Fools is available online at the popular independent music site CDBaby.com as well as at Amazon.com and through ITunes. Fans who prefer to buy by phone can purchase the album from MyTexasMusic.com by calling 1-866-49-TEXAS. Readers are encouraged to visit Leyla’s website at www.leylafences.com where they can learn more about the up-and-coming artist and her performances, listen to song samples, view photos and sign up for the mailing list.
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