You Sing, I Write: Artist of the Week: Lenka

Monday, June 7, 2010

Artist of the Week: Lenka

Australian singer-songwriter Lenka crafts catchy, upbeat pop songs that are bound to get stuck in your head after just one listen. The former actress got her start taking acting lessons with Cate Blanchett, but it wasn't until a role in a play required  her to sing that she became passionate about music.

Since then, Lenka's 2008 debut album has garnered rave reviews and many of her songs have been featured on commercials and hit TV shows including "Ugly Betty" and "Grey's Anatomy." While many of her songs deal with broken hearts and failed relationships, the music behind each track is uplifting.

Songs like "The Show" feature energetic horn and piano accompaniment. "I'm just a little bit caught in the middle/Life is a maze and love is a riddle/I don't know where to go, can't do it alone/I've tried, and I don't know why," she sings. If the song sounds familiar, you may remember it from an Old Navy advertisement. 

The beautifully delicate, "Don't Let Me Fall" embodies her angelic vocals with a moving string arrangement. Conducted by composer/arranger David Campbell (Beck's father), the track is light and airy, sounding reminiscent to a lullaby.

Lenka is currently working on her sophomore album, due out later this year. If you're in New York this Thursday, you just might get to witness her debut a few songs live at Girls Who Rock! For more information, visit the Facebook invite here and be sure to give Lenka a listen on MySpace.

Watch the music video for "The Show" below.

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