Gerry Leonard

Gerry Leonard is a Dublin born guitar player, songwriter and producer now based in New York city.As part of the New York scene Gerry’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 last two records, “Heathen” and “Reality” 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” is due out on March 12 2013.

Leonard is currently touring and recording with Suzanne vega. The current show is a duo show featuring the sublime vocals of Ms Vega and some more “spookyghost” style arrangements of her songs. Highlights include a stripped down version of “Blood makes Noise” and “Tom’s Diner”. The shows have been receiving standing ovations on the current US tour. Gerry is also involved with the writing and recording of a new album for Suzanne due out later in 2013.

Further credits include recording, touring and being 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, Gerry heads up his own project, Spooky Ghost. Under the name Spooky Ghost, Gerry has recorded two solo albums. The first recording simply called “Spooky Ghost” 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.”

As a producer he has recently completed the new record for up and coming artist Ari Hest. The album “Fireplays” was recently released in Oct 2012 and is receiving 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 record produced for the Czech band Czechomor titled “Mistecko” went gold in May 2011.

In film soundtracks 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.

4 Responses to Gerry Leonard

  1. Roger Harris says:

    Just seen him live with Suzanne Vega. For me he was the real star of the show. Without him Vega would have been OK but not great. His musicianship carried her through so many numbers that would otherwise have just been dull. Without doubt a truly great guitar player. I only wish I’d really listened to him earlier.

  2. Cyril Chua says:

    Just saw Gerry with Suzanne Vega in Singapore. He really reinterpreted Suzanne’s old works. Luka and Left of Centre sounded a shade more melancholic. Gerry was a one man sound machine.

  3. Laura Dishong says:

    I had the pleasure of sitting front row at the Suzanne Vega concert last night in Philadelphia directly in front of Mr. Leonard. He is one of the most amazing guitar players I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen quite a few! He was masterful, the way he got so many sounds out of his guitar- it was percussion, chorus, and strumming altogether- his playing was so expressive and captivating. He breathed new life into Vega’s songs, and I’m so glad I got to see him up close!

  4. Johnf421 says:

    Magnificent website. Lots of useful information here. Im sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And obviously, thanks for your sweat! bbeegbkkffda

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