Leah Martin-Brown



Even before picking up her first guitar at age 11, Leah Martin-Brown knew she was destined to become a musician. Born in Brisbane, Australia, and raised in the beautiful beach town of Burleigh Heads in Queensland, Leah would play anywhere there was a stage — oftentimes begging family friends who owned bars and restaurants to let her set up and play a few tunes.

By the time she was 16, Leah was writing, recording and performing her original music all over Australia’s Gold Coast and the surrounding areas, regularly being booked for locally run festivals, youth events and the occasional nightclub with her newly named band, Lilly Rouge. Leah finished high school and was accepted into the Bachelor of Popular Music program at Griffith University, which she graduated from in 2011. Still knowing that she desperately wanted to continue writing and performing music but not quite sure how to support herself doing so, Leah moved down to Melbourne, Australia, and began working on a Master of Music Education at Melbourne University.

While Leah did not fall in love with teaching, she found new life within the vibrant Melbourne music scene, inspiring her to immediately change her hair color to her signature red. She also deferred her degree and began fully focusing on Lilly Rouge. September 2012 saw Leah return to her home state of Queensland to begin writing and recording with Brisbane-based producer Stuart Stuart (The Veronicas, Sheppard). The two cowrote more than 30 tracks, most of which were released on Lilly Rouge records. This set Leah and her band up for two Australian national tours, in supporting slots for Everclear, The Presidents of the United States of America and The Getaway Plan, as well as performing a set at 2013’s Big Day Out festival.

That performance caught the eyes and ears of the Los Angeles–based A&R company A&R Worldwide. They invited Leah to California to work on some new music with producer Brian Howes (Airbourne, Skillet, Hinder, Nickelback) and showcase at the music industry event Musexpo. It was at this point that Leah disbanded Lilly Rouge and created Evol Walks.

Six and a half years later, Leah has never looked back. Still based in Los Angeles, she has shared the stage with Dream Theater, Flogging Molly, Nita Strauss, Glen Sobel, Johnny Depp and Joe Perry and has performed alongside Nuno Bettencourt, Nancy Wilson, Avril Lavigne and Orianthi. Signed to Blue Lemon Management by Jens Lundberg, Leah Martin-Brown is currently traveling the globe, writing new music and performing.

“It is often said that sobriety is the best gift you can ever give yourself — and I wholeheartedly agree. Before I made the choice to stop drinking, my life was a life half lived. My ‘best times’ were blurry, chaotic moments, the highlights of which were usually something stupid, dangerous or outright idiotic. Now, my life is filled with abundance, love and meaningful relationships. There is nothing that I cherish more than my sobriety as, without it, I wouldn’t have any of the things I do now.”
Leah Martin-Brown


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