Ada Lea

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Montreal-based singer/songwriter Alexandra Levy (aka Ada Lea) takes an introspective approach to lyrics, although she often backs them up with crunchy guitars and odd synths. She signed on with Saddle Creek and released a steady clip of albums and EPs such as her 2021 effort One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden.
Ada Lea played in various projects around Montreal while also working on solo songs. In addition to being a musician, Lea is a painter and visual artist. The inspiration for her debut album, 2019′s What We Say in Private, came after a significant breakup, whereupon she immersed herself in her painting for 180 days; she ruminated on her feelings and wrote them in a journal, which she drew from when writing the album. What We Say in Private was released by U.S. indie label Saddle Creek, and after touring in support, Lea quickly followed up in 2020 with her Woman, Here EP, which was made with record with producer/engineer Marshall Vore, who had also worked with Phoebe Bridgers. Lea wrote and demo’ed songs for her next full-length while at an artists’ residency in Banff, Alberta. She again teamed with Vore for recording, and her second album, One Hand on the Steering Wheel the Other Sewing a Garden, was released in September of 2021. ~ Liam Martin