Australian artist Rae Leigh recently transposed nearly a life time of timid songwriting into a powerful break-out career, as she discovered the joy and courage in sharing her talent as a strong singer and songwriter with the world around her.
Rae said she was just six years old when she found the piano. “My sister, who is nine years older than me, was getting piano lessons one day,” Rae said. “I remember seeing that and telling my parents that I wanted to do that too. It was something that I just intuitively drew to. But writing my own songs, although I did a lot of it, I did it in private. I always loved writing, but I never really shared that with anyone. It was like my diary; a secret side of me.”
But in November of 2019 all that changed. “It took me a long time and I had to deal with a lot of emotional insecurities and fears,” she said. “At some point though, I just had to do it. It was almost like a compulsion, like now is the time to share these songs and this music with other people.”
“I didn’t know what was coming in 2020 of course,” she said, “but when I look at the songs I wrote over the last 20 years; they helped me through some of the darkest and hardest times of my life. They are very hopeful and very encouraging songs. With all the things that people were going through around me, it was beautiful to be able to be free to start sharing these songs with them.”
In January 2020, Rae released her first single, “All I Can Do,” from her debut EP, Powered By Love. The recent single, “Find A Better Day,” a song she co-wrote with Mary Haller from Nashville Tennessee, is a song about “holding onto the music and hope that one day things will be better, and that you just have to keep searching,” she said. “It was an idea that was sparked in 2015 after emotional and spiritual adversity that tested her resilience.”