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Leslie Nuss

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Drawing from styles spanning roots rock and power pop, and citing Sheryl Crow as a primary influence, singer and songwriter Leslie Nuss emerged with an eclectic, often confrontational brand of alternative rock in the late '90s. She presented her first album, Heliotrope, in 1998 before launching her own label, Little Leaf Records. Her 2004 eponymous full-length was among like-minded releases to appear over the next decade. Following some time off from recording to, among other life events, start a family, her dreamier fifth album, Sh*t Happens, arrived on the label in 2020. A Chicago native, Nuss caught the music bug at age four, spending hours singing into the handle of a jump rope. Little did she know then that it would be well over 20 years and several career detours later before she would finally embrace music as her true vocation. Arriving in New York City fresh out of college, Nuss held various jobs -- working as a nanny, a recycling coordinator, a concert promoter, and a lifeguard. She honed her designer skills by studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology and caught the eye of retailers Abercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, and Bag Bazaar. In 1995, while moonlighting in post-grunge band Dogwater, she was chosen to create headpieces for designer Betsey Johnson's fall line. Nuss' signature pink glass beaded tiara designs were showcased on the cover of YM magazine's spring 1998 prom supplement, setting off a mini teen fashion craze. However, the desire to create her own music was so strong that Nuss used proceeds from her accessories business to finance the making of her 1998 debut, Heliotrope. Featuring performances by Wilco's Jay Bennett, the album was produced by singer/songwriter Adam Schmitt. Inspired by the success of independent female singer/songwriters such as Ani DiFranco, Nuss started her own label, Little Leaf Records, and released her sophomore recording, Action Hero Superstar, in 2000. Informed by a knife attack by a stranger the previous year that caused wounds to Nuss' face and head, that album was recorded with producer Kyle Kelso and featured Jon Skibic of the Afghan Whigs. Song placements on prime-time TV series like Dawson's Creek and All About Us soon followed, as did tours with Jill Sobule and Antigone Rising, among others. Nuss next worked with producer Mike Shimshack on 2004's Leslie Nuss, which saw her backed by indie rock band Lola Ray. She then produced 2006's Round 3 herself, with assistance from co-producer Mark Berlin. Drummer Mike Zelenko (Material Issue, Shoes) played on the album. An extended hiatus from recording followed for Nuss, involving marriage, births, loss, and a relocation back to Chicago. She eventually started playing local shows, both solo and with a newly formed band, Specx. When she returned to the studio, it was with a more reflective set of songs. The resulting 2018 EP V was produced by Ainjel Emme and Kyle Paas and featured Pete Remm (Ringo Starr, Norah Jones), Peter Levin (the Blind Boys of Alabama), and Jon Titterington (Father John Misty). Drawn partly from the same sessions, the full-length Sh*t Happens followed on Little Leaf in 2020.
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