Since the beginning of her recording career, Manitoba native Alana Levandoski has been seen by peers and industry professionals as a “real deal” songwriter, garnering the respect of many of the greatest writers and players in music. Possessing natural instincts and dedication, Alana has earned her stripes as a significant contributor to songwriting as a craft.
Beyond all else, the roots of music is Alana’s first love and has immersed herself in places like Nashville, Muscle Shoals, the Mississippi Delta and with songwriters all across her great native land.
Artists such as Heather Bishop, Jay Semko (Northern Pikes), Linda Rocheleau, Katy Bowser and Kenny Hutson (Nashville) have covered Alana’s songs and Gary Nichols (The Steeldrivers), Mark Simos (Alison Krauss, Berklee Professor), Jim Photoglo (Fishin’ in the Dark), Sylvia Tyson, Christian Dugas and Russell Broom are among her favourite co-writing partners.
Levandoski recorded her second album, Lions and Werewolves, with Liverpool producer and triple Grammy winner Ken Nelson who produced the first three Coldplay records. Ken flew to Manitoba in the dead of winter to make the project saying “I’m here for the songs.” Levandoski finished that project off at the legendary Parr St Studios in Liverpool, using the same piano Chris Martin used on some of Coldplay’s most famous recordings.
Alana also has a long history of touring particularly Canada, Europe, the US and the United Kingdom with such acts as Carlene Carter, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Kevin Welch, Dar Williams, Tanya Tucker, Corb Lund, Lynn Miles, etc.
This powerful songwriting force has released albums on Rounder Records and EMI and her early works are published by Brycemoor Music out of Toronto.
In June 2011, Alana was the guest professional at Berklee College of Music for the Advanced Lyric Writing Class and has recently teamed up with Rhea March at the School of Song in Edmonton as a veteran songwriting instructor.
Alana’s upcoming project due for release in late fall 2012 is a book and album reflecting her five month back road music pilgrimage from Newfoundland to New Orleans.