Luke Leighfield was born in Upton-upon-Severn, England, in 1987. He started playing piano when he was four and violin when he was eight. Like most people, he played in terrible bands in his teens, before starting his solo career in 2005.
Since then, Luke has been a prolific performer and recording artist. In the past eight years he has played over 700 shows in Europe, Russia, Canada, China and beyond. He has released four albums and two split EPs, as well as greatest hits albums in Japan and China.
Luke has shared stages with artists like Fun, Frank Turner, William Fitzsimmons and Joshua Radin and recorded live sessions for Radio 1 and Xfm in the UK. He has played keys for a wealth of other bands, including The 1975 and Dry the River. His music has been used on Sky Sports (Football First), Channel 4 (Made in Chelsea) and BBC 3 (Coming of Age).
In his free time, Luke runs a record label and tries to raise awareness about social justice issues. In January 2013 he travelled to South Sudan as an ambassador for Medic Assist International. Proceeds from sales of his music have raised funds for Christian Aid and Tearfund, and he also runs for charity, completing his first marathon in 2013 for Christian Aid.
In January 2014, Luke launched a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording of his fifth album with producer Jim Wirt (Jack’s Mannequin, The Rocket Summer, Incubus) in Cleveland, Ohio. The album will be recorded in May and released later in 2014.