Anne Leighton Music Services “because it’s still about the Music”
Anne Leighton Media * Music Services * Motivation is a multi-faceted company that helps artists who need development, marketing and/or promotional services in their careers.
Some artists just need help with developing media strategies, including web presence. Others have special needs to find support with industry relations, project development (including event production), touring. Anne’s rolodex encompasses colleagues who have hundreds of years’ experience-combined in marketing, promotions, outreach, and the development of product for audio, video, print, internet and mobile mediums.
Her contacts include those in entertainment, government, charity, education, and commercial industries, and can be used in accordance with her artists’ needs. For that reason, she also consults Bronx industry of all sizes on how they can better promote themselves and use the media.
The combination of all these dynamics end up creating opportunities for artists–of all career levels–to reach consumers (music fans).
Anne’s Music Services gig sprouted up through developing Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius and Jann Klose over the years. As her belief has always been that anyone can create their own opportunities as opposed to waiting for “the music business” to back them, she helped both these artists. “It’s important to note that Jann and Joe were also proactive in creating work and knowing what to do, so we have great collaborations. In addition to creating music, both of them found gigs, ways to contribute to movies, involved in planning tour accommodations…”
Understanding music services also helps with various media needs. For instance, when filmmakers or authors contact her to use one of her artist’s music or album cover, she knows that other people (publishers or record companies) would probably be the ones who could authorize usages.
Anne’s current roster also includes long-time clients Ian Anderson & Jethro Tull, Grand Funk Railroad, and also: Dean Madonia’s Frankenstein, John Hall/Orleans, Phoebe Legere, Artify Norwood,Jeremy Bar-Illan, and Anne Leighton, herself.
Though she has helped various friends through the years, Anne started her gig in publicity while she was working at Hit Parader magazine around 1992 and ’93. First Glenn Hughes contacted her to see about doing tour press for a reunited Trapeze. Then Warrant’s manager Obi Steinman asked Anne to publicize their tour after they left SONY Records.
She made the leap from being a music editor and journalist to servicing the writers, starting with helping the New York-based progressive rock band Ten Ton Tide. She and the group created the First Tuesday music series with help from a variety of progressive rock media. Loving the community, Anne vowed that someday she’d be the best progressive rock publicist around! In some ways she did, working with classic acts Ian Anderson/Jethro Tull/Martin Barre, Gentle Giant, Renaissance, Gong, Magna Carta Records, Billy Sherwood, as well as plenty of indie acts including Joe Deninzon & Stratospheerius, whom she also manages.
One of the top tour publicists in North America, some of the extraordinary artists and projects Anne’s serviced through the years include:
*urban folk jazz singer-songwriter/guitarist Kj Denhert
*Off-Broadway show The Gong Show Live
*Rock Hall of Famers the Yardbirds
*singer-songwriter/keyboardist Dean Friedman
*singer-songwriter/guitarist and keyboard phenomenon Mike Keneally
*The New York International Independent Film and Video Festival
*blues rockers The Fabulous Thunderbirds
*soul r&b greats Tower of Power
*singer-songwriter/drummer/genius promoter extraordinaire Carmine Appice (SLAMM, Vanilla Fudge)
*guitarist/songwriter/teacher Alex Skolnick
*The Entertainment Continuing Ed program at Baruch College
*drummer/clinician/music teacher for deaf and blind students Carl Palmer (of Asia, ELP fame)
*classic rock and rollers Jay and the Americans
*innovative “A-metal-cana” artist (also Firehouse’s guitarist) Bill Leverty
*record company Fuel 2000
*Cevin Soling (the movie: THE WAR ON KIDS and the band: The Love Kills Theory),
singer-songwriter, guitarist, creative development genius Pat DiNizio and the Smithereens
*baroque/chamber pop pioneers The Left Banke
*folk/singer-songwriter Jann Klose
*Rock Troubadour and writer Elliott Murphy
*folk singer/teacher/songwriter/guitarist Dan Berggren
*singer-songwriter/keyboardist/philosopher Vonda Shepard!
*flautist Wouter Kellerman
*Progressive rockers Druckfarben
*Musician/writer/lecturer Dean Madonia
Having taught the Entertainment Publicity program at Baruch College’s Continuing Education Department for 10 years as an Adjunct Lecturer, Anne is also in demand as a source for news–having appeared on the Great American Talkdown, WBAI, the Reporters, and spoken and/or been part of panels at conferences and conventions including The Cat Writers Conference, The Millennium Music Conference, Empire State Music Conference, IBS, CMJ, The DIY Convention. She has also worked in commercial radio and as a researcher and talent acquisitions person in Television, and for a number of internet companies through the years.
Anne is a working writer, with plays, articles, books. Her first play REACH FOR THE SUN was performed by Poet’s Repertory Theater of Long Island in 1976. 2005 she presented a staged reading of her play, ONE WAY TO HEAVEN at the Howl Festival in New York City and as part of the Bronx-based series, HIDDEN TREASURE. The play was also performed by the River City Living Church in San Antonio, Texas and won the Jacob C. Hammer playwriting award at Lehman College in the Bronx. Her most recent play, THE PASSION OF MARY was read at Kingsbridge Library Center in the Bronx.
Some of the magazines she’s written for are CREEM, BUFFALO BACKSTAGE, THE NORWOOD NEWS, BILLBOARD, GOLDMINE, THE MUSIC PAPER, INSIDE CONNECTION, MUSIC LIFE-JAPAN, ROCK HARD-FRANCE, MUSCLEMAG INTERNATIONAL, CATFANCY, INSIDE KARATE/KUNG FU, FELINE WELLNESS. Anne’s books USING YOUR ART AND THE MEDIA TO COMFORT PEOPLE (published by Free to Run, West Hills, CA) and PAWS FOR THOUGHT: HOW TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR CAT IS THINKING (UK’s Rockwell Books) and now available in the States through mail order for $15 total at http://pawsforthoughtandyourcat.blogspot.com/.
Out now are two books: her self-published e-book, GET THE GIGS AND BE YOURSELF (Common Sense Career Creating) and her poetry book, THE LEIGHTON EXPLOSION (Soul Asylum, Canada).
Strategies for Joe Deninzon
Responsibilities include building collaborative live events on the road and in the media. Capitalizing on Joe’s musicianship as a leader in alternative violin technique.
Strategies for Phoebe Legere
My mission is to help Phoebe fulfill her destiny as a folk artist.
Strategy for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir/Alex Boye
Connecting the world class choir with today’s inspirational celebrities.
Strategies for Martin Barre
Created Martin Barre’s first solo tour of America, and connecting him with industry. In 2016 we worked as a team for his April 2016 tour, which resulted in a record deal and a great foundation to build his career.
Strategies for Jann Klose
My mission was to get a unique artist on the map, and I did to the point that two years after we parted ways, all the North American work he was finding came about through my contacts or people I knew. The door will always be open for future service once we have proper mediation.
Articles By or About Anne
I wrote for Michael Brandvold’s music promotion blog about what publicists (and really consultants, in general) expect from the clients, whose careers they’re working to build. http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/what-publicists-need-from-musicians-guest-post-by-anne-leigh.html?lastPage=true&postSubmitted=true