Gerry Leonard is a Dublin born guitar player, songwriter and producer now based in upstate New York. As part of the New York scene Leonard’s distinctive ambient style has led to his working with many great artists over the years. A highlight was becoming music director / guitar player for David Bowie on his last year long “Reality” world tour and DVD (2003/2004). Apart from Bowie’s previous two records, “Heathen” (2001) and “Reality” (2003) and the subsequent tours, he is also featured on the brand new David Bowie record titled “The Next Day” and has two co-writes with David on the album, “Boss of me” and “I’ll take you there”. “The Next Day” came out on March 12 2013.
Leonard produced and helped co-write the new album for Suzanne Vega. “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” came out in Feb 2014 and has been very well received garnering 4 star reviews from Q and Mojo music magazines.
Leonard is currently touring with Suzanne Vega promoting the new record. The current show is a duo show featuring the sublime vocals of Ms Vega and some more “Spookyghost” style arrangements of her songs, that is using Leonard’s unique style of looping and ambiences. Highlights include stripped down versions of “Blood makes Noise”, “Tom’s Diner” and “Jacob and the Angel” from the new record. The shows have been receiving standing ovations on the current world tour.
In other works as a producer he has recently worked with up and coming artist Ari Hest. The album “Fireplays” was released in Oct 2012 to great praise and reviews. Other productions include platinum artist Donna Lewis,“In The Pink” released in May 2009, emerging artist Donnie Mortimer “Ten Eventful Years” released september 2010, and the Czech band Czechomor. Their record titled “Mistecko” went gold in May 2011.
Further credits include recording and touring as guitar player and music director for artists such as Rufus Wainwright (“Want One” ,”Want Two” ,“Release the Stars”), Laurie Anderson (“Bright red”), Duncan Sheik (“Humming” ,”Phantom Moon”, ”Daylight” , ”White Limousine”, “Whisperhouse”), Roger Waters (“The Last Mimsey Soundtrack”).
When not touring or recording with these international artists, Leonard heads up his own project, Spookyghost. Under the name Spookyghost, he has recorded two solo albums. The first recording simply called “Spookyghost” was primarily an ambient guitar record, made in his New York apartment in 1998. His second, “The Light Machine” (2002) has been described by David Bowie as “Quite the most beautiful and moving pieces of work I have possessed in a long time.” A third Spookyghost album is currently in the works.
In movie soundtrack his guitar playing is featured in “The Deep End” and “Bee Season” both scored by Peter Nashell and released on Fox Searchlight Pictures. He is featured on the Roger Waters end title song “Hello” written for “The Last Mimsy” on New Line Cinema. He has also completed his first original score for an independent movie called “32A” released to festivals in 2008.