British singer-songwriter Leon Else makes quite the impression whatever he does. He’s already amassed 20 million streams for songs including ‘My Kind Of Love’ (which featured in the Netflix smash ‘13 Reasons Why’) and ‘Cheap Hotel’, while his version of ‘Titanium’ was heralded by Sia as the “best yet.” He’s even been named as Best Dressed Man by GQ and appeared in the film ‘Nine’ alongside Nicole Kidman, Penélope Cruz and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Now Leon Else shares his brand new single ‘Signs’
, a breezy upbeat alt-pop song which was inspired by his hope to shine a light on his struggle with bipolar disorder. His opening lyrics immediately set the tone for this self-searching confessional: “I need a sign tonight, I could do with some help / Give me a ray of light, I’m struggling with myself.”
“Just before I wrote ‘Signs’ I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder,” he explains. “I was scared, frightened and worried about what everyone was going to think of me. During that time, I just felt like I needed a sign – something that would give me the strength to continue on.
I want my fans to listen to this song and try to remember that there is always hope. There are signs all around us to carry on, to be strong, to speak up, to stand tall, be proud, and to get help when we need it. It’s so important to me to be putting out this song during Mental Health Awareness Month because I want to shine a bigger spotlight on this subject.”
He wrote ‘Signs’ with indie-pop artist Allie X and JT Bangs.
Leon Else has been attracting attention with his rich, soulful voice, heartbreakingly vulnerable lyrics and electric physicality. Armed with an arsenal of tunes with singalong melodies and lyrics stripped of pretences, he’s primed to become of the most thrilling voices in progressive pop.
Leon Else began writing and recording music at the age of 12 to serve as an escape from his rocky upbringing. Interested in all of the arts, Leon saved his money to attend dance school, and over the years has performed in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet ‘Winter Dreams’ and musicals including ‘Sinatra’ and ‘Oklahoma!’. But Leon decided to leave the dance world to pursue music, and his earliest songs drew the attention of iconic artists such as Elton John.
After struggling in silence for 27 years of his life with his mental health, Leon sought help. He is now reclaiming his independence as an artist and individual, and creating music he feels is authentic to himself. ‘Signs’ is his second release of 2019 following ‘Change Up’.