It's been a heck of a long journey for Hamilton singer songwriter, Christine Leakey. She's waited for 14 years to finally unleash her debut album, Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure, which is set to be released in early 2012. - Yes, you’ve heard it right, 14 years. I was nostalgically remembering what I was doing back then this morning when I was reading the email from Leakey. I was most likely chasing after cool Japanese rock bands, including X Japan and L'arc~ En~Ciel with my best friend, while trying to learn how to play the guitar from her cool sister, who was in high school. It was around the time that my passion for music also blossomed and started listening to my dad's Beatles' CDs, too. 14 years certainly seem a long time ago.
I didn't think that I would end up in Toronto, Canada, writing about a lady who also started learning how to play the guitar in 1994 and pursued her dream by writing a copious amount of tunes and performing with a number of different artists, including Iggy Pop. However, she lost amazing opportunities to sign up with record companies tragically.
The happy moments of her growing music career were scattered by her injury, which made her unable to perform the guitar and forced her to walk away from record deals. Since then she didn't give up on her dream. -14 years later, she is now ready to release her debut album in 2012. Once said in my favourite movie, Shawshank Redemption, "Get busy living or get busy dying"-She chose the first and never gave up on her dream since with a strong hope to release her music someday.
With all her hard work over years, Leakey is counting down till the release date. She is currently offering a preview of the album via Bandcamp. You can enjoy three tracks from the album. My favorite tune is 'Lovely'. Starting with the intro of a soft guitar tune, her voice flows in smoothly, which reminisces 60's aesthetic folk pop melodies.