Eleisha Eagle stands only five feet tall, with her slight frame, mane of short, fiery red, curly hair, her signature four-inch heels and a saccharine Louisiana twang. The alternative piano-rock singer/songwriter is from Lake Charles, LA. She plays her electric piano with the skill of Rufus Wainwright and the quirkiness of Feist. Her voice – which exudes Norah Jones’ clarity and rivals Pavarotti’s projection – hits the back of the wall when she sings.
And just as Eagle’s voice belies her frame and visage, so does her experience. Eagle, who was classically trained in piano, left college at the age of nineteen and moved to Nashville, TN, to pursue her music career. She founded her record label and financed Private School, the first of four self-released albums. A year later, Eagle moved to Los Angeles, where she embarked on her first solo tour. For the next two years Eagle traveled solo around the country, establishing her name, gathering a following, and releasing her self-titled EP. By 2007, Eleisha had completed her most acclaimed and ambitious album to date, Lamplighter, which critics called a “monumental musical landmark.”
After years of a nomadic lifestyle playing to standing-room-only crowds, Eagle recently landed in Austin, TX, to record what many industry insiders expect to be her breakout album. Unlike her previous efforts, where Eleisha worked with producers to help her find the sounds she was looking for, Neither Here Nor There is a departure for Eagle. She produced the new album in its entirety.
Eleisha Eagle’s majestic vocals, unique arrangements, and substantial songwriting have already made an indelible impression on the other noteworthy musicians residing in the self-proclaimed ‘Live Music Capitol of the World’. At a recent sold-out showcase, whose audience members included six Grammy-winning artists, it seemed that the entire Austin music community had come out to see why everyone in town was singing the praises of the diminutive Southern charmer with the sonic voice. After Eagle’s set had concluded, the legendary Texas Troubadour, Joe Ely, who in is own right is known as one of his generation’s most respected songwriters and riveting live performers, summed up the general consensus of all those in attendance. “It’s genius,” he said, “Really… pure genius.”