Leslie Krafka

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Call it destiny when Leslie Krafka attended a songwriter’s workshop hosted by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. That workshop was not only the spark for Leslie's passion for songwriting, but began a relationship that has resulted in Maines and Hendrix co-producering Leslie’s sophomore record on•ward released on May 3rd. “Looking back on that first workshop, I was so naïve, but I knew this... more

Call it destiny when Leslie Krafka attended a songwriter’s workshop hosted by Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines. That workshop was not only the spark for Leslie's passion for songwriting, but began a relationship that has resulted in Maines and Hendrix co-producering Leslie’s sophomore record on•ward released on May 3rd. “Looking back on that first workshop, I was so naïve, but I knew this songwriting thing was something I had to do. It was one of those moments in life where you say ‘yes’, and it changes everything."
Her path now clearly defined, Leslie worked hard at her craft. She was named Houston Songwriter’s Association Songwriter of the Year, as well as awarding her song “Wondering Troubadour” Song of the Year. Other recognitions followed; named a Regional Finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival; as well as having her CD The White Cat Sessions nominated by the Academy of Texas Music for the Academy Award of Distinction. “Awards are fine" Leslie reflected, “but the best reward is knowing that my music connects with someone. That’s satisfying.”
With the release of on•ward Leslie reflected, “Since the release of my first record a lot has happened. There were times I wasn’t sure I would ever get to finish this new record. When the opportunity arose to work with my dream team, Lloyd and Terri and some great musicians, I had to make in happen. So, naming the record on•ward has a very personal meaning for me to never give up....ever. And, it’s one of Lloyd's taglines. So it’s a nod to my producer too." After hearing some of the new material, like the energetic Wine, Women and Song, or Stay with Me, a love song with a dash of angst, it’s clear Leslie has succeeded in her quest to craft ever better songs. The production by Maines and Hendrix is keenly balanced, never overshadowing Leslie's lyric driven songs, but adding the right flourishes and Texas flare for a record that is undeniably a pleasure to listen to. With this recording Leslie is primed to venture outside of Texas and take her music into other parts of the country.

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