Leana
 

The Glamorous and Charismatic Blond Singer, Who Performed Her #9 Breakout Hit “Dance With A Stranger”
As The Anthem To Stockholm Pride 2005 Before Over 25,000 Fans, Is Currently At #18 On The Billboard Hot 100 Dance Chart With “Faith”

It’s a wonderful cultural fact that can’t be denied--when the world is looking for the hippest new music, the latest “in-thing” and the dance world’s next big diva, it turns to the gay and lesbian community, whose taste in everything is notoriously impeccable. As collective tastemakers, they’ve done it again, embracing the Swedish born, L.A. based pop dance artist Leana with an ongoing supportive hug and dance floors that stay full worldwide grooving to the first two singles from her hot 2006 debut Faith In Myself.
 

Leana’s second single “Faith,” is a current sensation both at clubs and radio and is currently up to #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 Dance Chart. The song launched as a #1 Break Out Dance track on the Starfleet Music Pool Chart in company with one of the world’s best known DJ’s, Paul Oakenfold, and hit #5 on Billboard Breakout. “Faith (Lenny B Remixes)” is currently #5 on the Top Ten Dance Singles Chart at the tastemaker website www.westhollywood.com.

Driven in part by her powerful immediate connection with the gay community, Leana’s 2005 breakout single “Dance With A Stranger” was a #1 Billboard Hot Dance Breakout that became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Dance Chart, peaking at #9. In America, it went Top Ten in the DJ Times and also hit #9 on the Top 100 Dance Hits of 2005 on Fusion Radio Chicago. The sensual and romantic video, which was directed by Gustavo Garzon for Quentin Tarantino’s production company, is still being played at dance clubs nationwide and is in heavy rotation at Footlocker, Macey's, Abercrombie & Fitch and Adidas stores everywhere.

Internationally, the Swedish Import’s infectious track—which was co-written and co-produced by top pop tastemaker and producer Peter Rafelson (well known for Madonna’s “Open Your Heart” and The Corrs’ “Dreams,” among countless hits)—was nominated for Best HiNRG/Euro Track at the International Dance Awards. It was also the Official Song at Stockholm Pride 2005, a gay pride event that is the biggest festival in Sweden. The singer sang “Dance With A Stranger” for a roaring, predominantly gay crowd of 26,000 in a city that also happens to be her hometown; the song was chosen as the event’s Song of the Year and Leana was declared Artist of the Year.

Aside from her glamorous high heel and lipstick looks and four male dancers who perform with the singer, Leana believes the song has resonated as a gay anthem in part because of its tremendously liberating lyrics. These words also reflect the intense artist-fan lovefest: “Dance with a stranger/Don’t need to know any number or name/One last chance to go crazy/Just embrace me and sweep me away.”

Leana first realized her appeal to gay and lesbian music fans when she performed for several years at Luna Park, a fashionable nightclub in West Hollywood; since the release of Faith In Myself, Leana has also performed to SRO crowds in L.A. at hotspots like The Roxy, Key Club and Edgemar in Santa Monica.

“It’s the first time they made a straight person Artist of The Year, and I am very flattered by the ongoing love that my gay fans have shown me,” she says. “Maybe I was a gay man in a previous life, or maybe they just like the groove and all the glamour and cool moves I put into the show. Gay men have always had a thing for female singers, and they are a great, loyal audience. As long as I keep them happy and get them up and dancing, they will keep coming back for more!”


 

 

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