Leah Staci Lewis
Singer based in Trinidad and Tobago
Leah Staci Lewis is a singer and healthcare professional, hailing from
the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. Born the 4th of September 1987, to
parents Neville and Althea Lewis, she is the younger of two siblings,
her brother Dwight being the elder.
Leah began performing at the age of 8 years old, then in her primary
school (St. Theresa’s Girls R.C) calypso competitions every year until
her graduation in 1999. She then entered the Bishop Anstey High
School, where after 3 years, she became a member of her school’s
intermediate and then senior choirs. It was here where she was able to
participate in the International Eisteddfod Music Festival in Wales in
2005. That same year, Leah began to sing solos at church.
Upon graduating from secondary school in 2006 Leah became enrolled at
the University of the West Indies St. Augustine to pursue a BSc degree
in Biochemistry. She also became a member of the Lydian Singers, an
esteemed local choir under the guidance of then musicologist, Dr Pat
Bishop. She then joined the Marionettes Chorale, another well revered
local choir under the musical directorship of Mrs Gretta Taylor, with
her brother in 2009 where they both remain members today.
In 2008, Leah participated in the Trinidad and Tobago Biennial Music
Festival where she won the North Zone Contralto Solo category. That
year, she began to perform as a soloist with Amadi Productions in
annual concerts which showcase young, upcoming talent.
Growing into her own, Leah developed a love for performing jazz music,
drawing inspiration from the likes of Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald,
Louis Armstrong and countless other jazz legends. Leah also has the
voice to match the music that she loves. Her God-given voice has been
described as rich, deep and soulful and has been compared to that of
Smokey Robinson, Anita Baker and others.
Unique in her own right, Leah is also a classically trained mezzo
soprano and has been taught by June Nathaniel at the Key Academy of
Music. She also performs gospel, R&B, soul and popular music. Dame
Shirley Bassey has also had an impact on the singer’s stage presence
and performance. Her past experience as a fashion model shows itself
on stage, with an air of elegance and grace.
Leah graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2013 with a
Master’s degree in Public Health. She currently performs at concerts,
functions and events around the country. Soon after performing at the
Tobago Jazz Festival in May 2013, Leah staged her very own concert for
the first time, at the Little Carib Theatre in Trinidad. “Jazz is
Here!” prove to be a resounding success, generating much excitement in
the musical fraternity. Leah is continuing her efforts and is ready to
share her gift with the world.