About

Leslie Hudson

Leslie Hudson is what happens when Tori Amos and Loreena McKennitt swap set lists. She sings about the paths women walk through life and myth and media. A mistress of the keys, powerhouse vocalist and evocative storyteller, she is the synthesis of influence and invocation, a sonic tapestry of vulnerable ferocity pursuing equity in all its forms.  This travelling bard shares her craft with communities, venues and events across North America that support women’s voices and the strength of diversity.

 

“Leslie Hudson [is] a navigatrix of thorn-rich thickets…adept at recognizing that living stories are not finished…  Give her a reason to go full-on metal, and you won’t be disappointed. Give her half a shot at enchanting you, and you’ll find your time well spent. Give her a stage and get out of the way.” —S.J. Tucker

“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

“There is something supernatural about Leslie that grips you and makes you pay attention.” –Matthew Cimone, Chasing Atlantis

“Leslie Hudson is the Tori Amos of geek music” –Dr. Jessica Hebert, The PDX Broadsides

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

“[Leslie Hudson] is the redheaded Lucy Lawless I never knew I needed” –Lara, Kenmore WA


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  • Song. Story. Strength.

    I’m painting the full sonic spectrum of women in story: our glories and shortcomings; our reactions to failure and loss.

    Modern heroines are often perfectly rounded, unrealistic caricatures, but there’s more to being female 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
    S.J. Tucker
    Karine Polwart
    Carole King

    Ben Folds
    Justin Sullivan
    Ben Gibbard
    Glen Hansard
    Jeff Martin
    Mike Doughty
    Third Eye Blind
    Jonathan Coulton
    Weird Al Yankovic
    Jamiroquai