About

Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson is a powerhouse performer and prolific songwriter bringing rock, jazz, metal, blues, folk, filk and funk to conventions and venues across Canada and the USA.  The body of her work illustrates the mosaic of the feminine spirit across culture, history and myth, digging into the dirt, traversing the shadows and bringing the truth to light.  There’s a Goddess Revolution going on and this rebel redhead is voicing the stories of characters who continue to inspire it, from archetypes to Inhumans, without apology.

Hudson’s influences glide from Tori Amos to Loreena McKennitt, Metallica to Simon & Garfunkel, woven into her voice and her fingers on the keys.  Armed with a synesthetic palette, she invites her listeners to see through the eyes of heroines, villains, lovers and liars alike, as she breathes new life into stories less often told.

In 2017 Hudson embarks on a six-month North American tour with stops in more than 25 states and provinces.  On tour as at home her performances range from solo shows to singer-songwriter showcases to 10-piece band showstoppers.  Collaborating with musicians and producers around the world, her recent albums are rooted in the diversity of sci fi, pop culture, folklore, myth, and the lessons life brings.

 

“Hudson seeks to get under the skin of [her] characters, probe their fictitious souls and, through the raw power of her music, to make them flesh-and-blood, to honor them with real human angst. And the results are nothing short of spectacular.” –Daniel Jun Kim, Pop Mythology

Hamilton Blues Lovers called The Redhead League “an impressive, multi-genre project melding fantasy themes with top notch musical storytelling…Sci-Fi/comic book fans will definitely appreciate the storytelling but even if that’s not your thing, everyone can appreciate the lyrical know-how and explosive music.”

“Leslie Hudson is a force of nature.” –Deborah Baudoin, The Harmony Heifers


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  • Song. Story. Strength.

    With eight solo albums under her belt her songs span more than 25 years of writing for every taste from rock to geek to faerie and demonstrate not only her versatility as a musician but her refusal to be contained.

    “I like to be unexpected. If you’ve never heard me before, you wouldn’t know how I sound by how I look. You wouldn’t expect this girl at the piano to start playing Metallica riffs or belting out Alanis, but I do. I can give you a taste of every redhead from Tori Amos to Jessica Rabbit.”

    With a background in Celtic culture and a lifelong interest in folklore, Leslie’s songs are rooted in the art of storytelling. Whether those tales are inspired by modern media, pop culture, ancient myths or twisted retellings of childhood fairytales, every song she writes tells a story.

    “I want to paint the full spectrum in sound of women in story: all our glories, our shortcomings, our reactions to failure and loss, our emotional range. Modern heroines are often perfectly rounded, unrealistic caricatures, but there’s more to being feminine than tiaras and superhero capes. Depth and honesty penetrate the illusion of both. I’m far more in love with the marrow than the mask.”

  • Influences

    Tori Amos
    Jann Arden
    Alanis Morissette
    Loreena McKennitt
    Sarah McLachlan
    Florence & The Machine
    Ani DiFranco
    Kate Miller-Heidke
    SJ Tucker
    Karine Polwart

    Ben Folds
    Mike Doughty
    Ben Gibbard
    Glen Hansard
    Jeff Martin
    Tool
    Third Eye Blind
    Jonathan Coulton
    Weird Al Yankovic
    Tenacious D