A former Miss Leicester, who contacted The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity in a bid to help get her music production business off the ground, has released her debut album, entitled ‘Find Your Tribe’.
Léna Walker, who borrowed from the Charity in 2014 in order to establish herself as a recording artist, music producer and guitar teacher, is back in the United Kingdom having spent six months hitch-hiking around South America and the West Indies with little more than her guitar and flip-flops. During her travels, Léna has been writing music, culminating in the production of ‘Find Your Tribe’ – the debut album which is being released independently.
The official launch of ‘Find Your Tribe’ took place on Saturday 21 January, where Léna – who performs under the stage name Leyley – performed original songs from the album at Café Cairo in south London, in addition to recalling tales from the travels that inspired her music.
Speaking ahead of the launch event, Léna – who was named Miss Leicester in 2012 – said: “The reception for the album has been very positive, with the BBC covering the release of the album ahead of the launch on Saturday evening. I am always grateful to The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity for their continued help and support. I wouldn’t have been able to reach this point in my musical career without it.”
The Sir Thomas White Loan Charity provides interest-free business and education loans to people within Leicestershire and Rutland.
Applicants over the age of 18 and under the age of 35 may apply for up to £15,000 to assist in the start-up of new business, whilst loans of up to £6,000 are available to people wishing to study for a post-graduate degree.
All loans are interest free for a period of nine years, with equal monthly repayments commencing three years after the loan is taken out.
Visit www.leyleyismusic.com to find out more about ‘Find Your Tribe’ and to purchase your copy. Léna can also be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @leyleyismusic – and on Facebook at facebook.com/leyleyismusic