SHOW CANCELED: Leilani Wolfgramm

Event Date/Doors Open: 
Sunday, August 16, 2020 - 8:00pm
Event Time: 
8:30PM
Cost: 
$12 Advance, $15 Day of Show

On Sunday, August 16, the Community Center for the Performing Arts proudly welcomes Leilani Wolfgramm to the WOW Hall.  This show is rescheduled from March 28 and all tickets purchased for that date will be honored.

R&B-infused reggae songstress/guitarist Leilani Wolfgramm is touring in support of her latest album, Live Wire, which was produced by Wolfgramm, Fredro Odesjo (multi-platinum producer for Tohoshinki/TVXQ) and Joshua Sadlier-Brown (John Legend, Gogol Bordello, Kelly Buchanan).  Already making waves in her genre, she has been praised by LADYGUNN, PopDust, Top Shelf Reggae and EARMILK, among others, and shared the stage with Ziggy Marley, Incubus, Dirty Heads, Tribal Seeds, Sublime ft. Rome and New King. 

p>An American Tongan singer-songwriter from Orlando, Fl, Wolfgramm was integrated into the musical world through dancing at several dinner luau shows at an early age, as her father was a dancer/choreographer at Disney World.  She started singing at age nine after her mother introduced her to Patsy Cline, and picked up guitar at age 14 when she was exposed to reggae through her brothers. She joined her brothers’ reggae band in 2012 and went solo in 2014.

 

Leilani released her first album that same year and was signed to Raleigh Music Publishing in 2016. Melding her diverse influences, Wolfgramm’s distinct sound mixes R&B with the island sounds of dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and pop.  She’s a magnetic live performer who captures the audience’s imagination with her sultry stage presence.

Live Wire the album is a memoir. It deals with child abuse, drug abuse and psychological abuse; religious subtext push the narrative’s highs and lows where the protagonist is found to be the antagonist as well.

The concept of “live wire” comes from the loss of Wolgragmm’s father. Standout single, “The Trail” is a nickname for the street -- o.b.t “orange blossom trail” -- where Leilani is from in Orlando. It’s a street famous for drug,s prostitution strip clubs, crack motels, the projects and trailer parks.  “The Trail” is the setting of her childhood and the prologue to the rest of the album.

Dealing with dark and taboo subjects, Wolfgramm reveals, “I write music to celebrate being alive. The good, the bad, the happy, the sad – all the lessons I’ve learned.”

“Live Wire” is no exception; the track addresses the constant struggle (for women mostly) to be perfect, and covering the real parts of oneself to appear perfect.

“Being a woman in any business is hard.  Being a female reggae artist is an impossible feeling because Men more than dominate the genre,” Leilani told Girl Gang Music.  “I’m compared to only other women.  I’m not judged by my abilities but instead by my body parts. Sexism is being asked my weight, age and measurement in radio interviews.  Felling like if I don’t have makeup on stage or a costume, I won’t be heard.  Meanwhile, I see men in my genre wearing old t-shirts and dirty hair having no problem getting on stage and playing for thousands of people who also have no problem with it.”

Stay tuned for more material from this eclectic artist, who, “is able to extensively flex her lyrical muscles and show her strength in the face of the vulnerability.“ (Soundlooks

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of show.  Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 8:30.