Grand County singer/songwriter Trisha Leone releases new CD |

Grand County singer/songwriter Trisha Leone releases new CD

Autumn Phillips
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado

Sometimes you don’t know the power of your own story until someone points it out to you.

That was the case with Trisha Leone as she sat at lunch telling a friend about a recent reunion with her father.

Her parents divorced when she was a little girl.

“I had no contact with my dad,” Leone said. She visited her dad as an adult and “it was strange. We didn’t really know each other.

“I looked at his hands and saw that he had long fingers just like I do. And when I was ready to leave his ranch, as he closed the gate, he laughed.

“He had my laugh – a laugh I have to keep from crying.”

As she told the story of her reunion to a songwriter friend, Jon Coleman, he told her she should write a song about it.

“I don’t know if I would have written it otherwise,” Leone said. “But I sat down and wrote the first verse and after that it wouldn’t leave me alone.”

The song, “Perfect Strangers,” is the title track of her new CD – released on June 25.

This is Leone’s first solo album, a collection that showcases her songwriting ability.

She traveled from her Grand County home to Nashville to record the album. It came easily, she said. She recorded 10 tracks in a week.

“I told them, ‘it’s just me. This is it. Let it be what it is.'”

Leone sees herself as more of a songwriter than a musician and hopes her album will lead to someone else playing her songs.

“I’m writing my way to a good song,” she said. “I’m working on my craft.” (She is about to graduate with a master’s certificate in songwriting from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.)

“When you write a song, first there’s the inspiration, but then you need the craft to be able to use that inspiration.”

Leone sings on the album, backed by her husband Mickey Sandora on guitar and several Nashville session musicians.

She and Mickey will perform songs from the album at a “Perfect Strangers” CD release party on Thursday, July 16, at the Circle H Retreat.

For more information about the album or upcoming performances, visit Trisha Leone’s Web site at

– To reach Autumn Phillips call 887-3334 ext. 19600 or e-mail

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