What happens when a washed-up troubadour moves back to her home town after 15 years on the road?
HIGH RIVER STRONG.
She grew up on an Alberta sheep farm and couldn't wait to hit the road, make a bunch of mistakes and write songs about them. She wound up singing on a street corner for spare change and does not consider this a mistake. Since then, Leslie Alexander has released four critically acclaimed independent recordings. She’s played on concert and festival stages across North America, headlining or opening for diverse artists including pop queen Jane Siberry, world-music veteran Harry Manx, alt-country icon Mary Gauthier and many more. Her music has been heard on film, television and radio all over the world.
Since her 2012 tour in support of the CD release "Nobody's Baby," Leslie returned to her hometown of High River, Alberta, intending to leave the music business and concentrate on family. But with the Flood of 2013, came inspiration - the song "High River Strong," an upbeat anthem that recalls the devastation the town endured, acknowledges volunteer support and celebrates the town’s resilience in overcoming the tragedy.
One morning Leslie woke up realizing that the song could raise money for the High River Flood Fund. Produced by Leeroy Stagger and award-winning producer John MacArthur Ellis, the single is now available for digital "download by donation" at www.highriverstrong.org, accompanied by a physical compilation CD by the same name. The disc is a career retrospective, including tracks from all four of Alexander’s previous CDs each track asking in it's own way about the things that really matter - family, friends, and the will to overcome.
Like her home town, Leslie's life is under construction; currently she is fronting a local classic rock band Four Wheel Drive and working in health care, performing original material when and where she feels like it. Other artists, including Taylor James and Donna Konsorado are taking up the banner by recording Leslie's songs for their own releases. Whether or not she tours or records again is an open question, but in the meantime, her recordings about heartbreak, happenstance, and the long road home will take you all the beautiful and terrifying places she’s been.