Tanya Leah is an award-winning, multi platinum-selling artist/songwriter who began singing and playing her songs in the NY/NJ club circuit at an early age. She became a regular at the world-famous “Bitter End” in NY’s Greenwich Village, which allowed her to hone her craft and connect with other aspiring artists and writers. She toured with her own music and as a sideman with other artists, sharing the stage with the likes of Alison Krause, Dee Carstensen, Jonatha Brooke, Sinead O’Connor, John Hiatt and more. During those early years, she supported her songwriting by singing on other writer’s demos and on national jingles including Coca-Cola, M&Ms, and Downy, to name a few.
She traveled the NY-Nashville-LA songwriting circuit trying to make her way, and got lucky when her first song that was recorded by another artist also became her first #1 song. That, and much pavement-pounding, ultimately landed her her first publishing deal and launched her songwriting career. Since then, Tanya has had a number of gold and platinum records, and singles that have reached into the top forty, including three more that have reached number one. The list of artists who have recorded her songs is long and varied and includes stars such as Melinda Doolittle, Wynonna Judd, Agnes Carlsson, Lesley Gore, Natalie Grant, and many more. Also, her songs have been heard in numerous tv shows such as “How I Met Your Mother”, “Dawson’s Creek”, “The Hills”, and others.
In 2011, her father had a terrible stroke, and changed the trajectory of her life and career. After 10 years in Nashville, she put her writing on hold and moved back to NY to help with his caregiving. After not writing at all for the first 6 months, she decided she would try to create songs that would lift his spirits and soothe him. The result is a collection of new songs that have become a project called “Roses For Panjo” which she hopes will bring beauty and joy to people of all ages, and which is slated for re-release in Feb 2017.
She currently lives in Spuyten Duyvil, NY with her lovely and ridiculously talented husband, Arnie.
NEWS & EVENTS
ROSES FOR PANJO:
eclectic, human, singer/songwriter pop
Hello! I want to say how happy I am that you made it this far down the page! Thank you so much for being here.
If you are just “meeting” me for the first time, I hope you’ll take a moment and come listen to this new project of mine that was born of the purest love and intention that I have ever experienced in all my years as a writer and performer.
Roses For Panjo began from my need to help soothe and uplift the spirits of my dad, Ira “Panjo” Wollen, who suffered a devastating stroke that left him partially paralyzed and bed-ridden. My husband and I moved back to NY from Nashville, and I put my music aside for a while so I could visit every day and help with the caregiving. Dad would sometimes become very agitated (understandably), and I searched frantically for ways to calm him. Besides just plain being there and holding his hand, creating this music was all I could think of to do to help ease his mind and heart.
With the help of so many of my friends (and some total strangers!), this album came into being. Some of the world’s finest musicians and engineers brought their enormous talents to make this music as lovely as possible, and many others helped fund the recording so that the dream could be made real. I am eternally grateful.
Here is the link to learn more about the project and this music, and to see some of my dad’s amazing artwork! http://www.rosesforpanjo.com
With all my love and gratitude,