Leonard Cohen is a Canadian singer-songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and artist. Cohen published his first book of poetry in Montreal in 1956 and his first novel in 1963. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and complex interpersonal relationships.
Leonard Cohen's earliest songs (many of which appeared on the 1967 album, Songs of Leonard Cohen) were rooted in European folk music. In the 1970s, his music encompassed pop, cabaret and world music. Since the 1980s his high baritone voice has evolved into lower registers (bass baritone and bass), with accompaniment from electronic synthesizers and female backing singers.
Over one thousand renditions of Leonard Cohen's songs have been recorded. He has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honour. While giving the speech at his induction into the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10, 2008, Lou Reed described Cohen as in the "highest and most influential echelon of songwriters."
- Details from Wikipedia.org
The Webb Sisters:
Charley and Hattie grew up in Kent, England in a large family consisting of a banjo player, a comedian, a hairdresser, four drummers, a cake specialist at Fortnum and Mason, a concert pianist, and a tennis coach. Their childhood of family wagon driving holidays had bohemian soundtracks and unusual destinations. This was peppered with jamming in family bands and late car rides into London nightlife to collect their Dad and band mates from club circuit gigs.
The sisters began writing and playing music at an early age, learning instruments and singing in bands together. Charley took to the guitar, piano, sax, clarinet and drums and Hattie, the harp and piano.
They recorded an album of their songs in Nashville Tennessee, 'Piece of Mind', and travelled between to LA and London playing at gigs and parties, with Charley's guitar and Hattie's 22 string lap harp.
The girls signed a Publishing Deal with Windswept Pacific Publishing and then a record deal with Universal Records in the sunshine of Los Angeles, California. Heading back to London to make their second album, 'Daylight Crossing' they recorded with legendary musicians Steve Gadd and Pino Palladino at London's Abbey Road and Sarm Hook End Studios.
In 2007, the girls, as independent artists, are flying solo.