Thursday, January 15, 2015

Katrina Leskanich (ex-The Waves) new album, select U.S. tour dates

I enjoyed seeing Katrina live for the first time last summer and look forward to hearing the new material. Read more from the press release below...

Katrina Leskanich will be hitting the road in North America this spring in support of her latest solo album Blisland, her first solo offering in 10 years.

The tour follows Katrina's summer 2014 stint on the Retro Futura Tour where she showcased tunes from Blisland as well as material from her stint as frontwoman of Katrina and the Waves.

"Touring with Tom Bailey from the Thompson Twins, Howard Jones and Midge Ure on the Retro Futura Tour last summer in North America for the first time in 25 years reminded me of the great music that came from this era and how fun and special it was hanging out with these artists from the 80s...and I'm loving it that there's still such an enthusiastic audience for our music," she says.

An ex-pat living in London, Katrina has enjoyed notable success in the UK and Europe first with her former band, winning the European TV show Eurovision by the largest margin ever with the song "Love Shine a Light."

Its win was followed by an unprecedented four consecutive appearances on Top Of The Pops and a No. 3 single in the UK Charts. After Katrina and the Waves broke up, Katrina did stints as a Television and then Radio Presenter with the BBC. She geared back up as a solo artist in the 2000s, releasing her first solo album in 2005, touring in '06 and scoring a UK club hit in '08 with a cover of Kirsty MacColl's "They Don't Know."

In 2010, Katrina celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the global hit single, "Walking on Sunshine" with the release of new CD The Live Album and American TV's "Glee" cast had a UK Top 10 hit with a mash up of Beyonce’s "Halo" and Katrina & The Waves "Walking on Sunshine."

The song has appeared in numerous films, TV shows and ads including: Secret of My Success (1987), Look Who’s Talking (1989), High Fidelity, (2000), American Psycho (2000), Daddy Day Care (2003) and Walking on Sunshine starring Leona Lewis (2014).

"Walking On Sunshine" celebrates its 30th Anniversary in 2015. In addition to that tune, some of Katrina's other songs have enjoyed the spotlight with covers by The Bangles, Dolly Parton and Celine Dion.

In addition to reintroducing herself to US audiences, Katrina has released the first on what she hopes to be a series of travel guides starring her toy poodle, Peggy Lee. The first book, a guide to Katrina's current home base of London is available on tour and online:

Tour dates:

March 17 - Glen Cove, NY - Page One
March 18 - Somerville, MA - Johnny D's
March 20 - New York, NY - Iridium
March 21 - Londonderry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
March 23 - Lancaster, PA - Tellus 360
March 25 - Stanhope, NJ - Salt Gastro Pub
March 26 - Rochester, NY - The Lovin' Cup
March 27 - Buffalo, NY - The Forum
March 28 - Hamilton, ON - This Ain't Hollywood
March 29 - Toronto, ON - Hugh's Room
April 2 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
April 3 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
April 4 - St. Paul, MN - Amsterdam Bar + Hall

"Sun Coming Upper" video:

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