Category Archives: COVERS

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day


The Christmas edition of ‘Songs that Made Me Fall in Love with Music.’

I grew up in church and I still attend today. It’s a very special place to me, and when I think about ‘finding my voice’ in a historical sense – that is where I found it. The first songs I knew were hymns. So since it’s Christmas, I wanted to share one of my favorite carols we sang in church. I hope you enjoy.

Download & share the Christmas cheer. Please retweet, share it on Facebook, or burn the song to a CD and give it to someone who might like it. Merry Christmas!

Photo by Ian Dingle / Design by Alva Leigh

You can hear the first installment of “Songs that Made Me Fall in Love with Music” here.

ex-factor cover


I hope to share more versions of the songs that made me fall in love with music. To chart my musical history that led me to this point. It might get weird but whatever.

I was in 7th grade, a cheerleader in braces who worshipped her cool older brother. I had just lost my father. I loved pop music – I didn’t have anyone playing weathered vinyls of Joni (that came later); I listened to what was on the radio and I loved Lauryn Hill. She was more honest than Destiny’s Child (who I also loved, don’t get me wrong). She seemed true to herself and to her message, and that struck me. I remember buying the “Everything is Everything” single in 1999. It hung in one of those plastic CD sheets that you tacked on the wall, probably purchased from Spencer’s Gifts. On that single, there is a bonus track – a simple mix of “Ex-Factor.” It was one of the first songs that made me fall in love with music. Here is my version, my tribute to a pin in my musical map.

Please download & share.

Photo by Ian Dingle / Design by Alva Leigh

Alva Leigh In Nashville – out this TUESDAY!

the covers record is out on tuesday! next week i will do ‘behind the scenes’ features on each track! PLEASE help me promote this project – tell your friends and download the EP for free on Noisetrade!

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