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Leilani’s early life was surrounded by music, from a singer/ songwriter and guitarist father, a mother who loved to sing and who still performs in a choir now and a full family with a love of musicals. From an early age, Leilani found a true passion in music. She would write music, perform in school plays and joined a summer performing arts school.

 

At college, Leilani developed another passion in art but never stopped working on small musical projects. As a day job Leilani works in a local theme park entertainments team and gets to perform as a variety of characters to guests, bringing joy to both them and to her.

 

On joining 'Call of Sirens' Leilani is looking for new challenges and hopes to develop the role of 'The Siren' with an aim of creating some truly memorable songs and performances, and to have the best time possible.

ANDY BAWDEN

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Andy was exposed to song craft and live performance at an early age with his father being a professional country artist and then later a music promoter and tour manager for bands such as ‘The Clash’ and ‘Squeeze’. In his late teens Andy got a solid grounding in performance by playing frequently with his father's part time touring band in venues across the UK.

In 2008 after performing for several years playing with folk rock collective 'Sound' and then in acoustic duo '3 Penny Puppet', Andy formed Portsmouth based alternative rock band 'TILTED161'. Over the next 5 years the band achieved numerous radio plays, reached the latter stages of the national Live and Unsigned competition, and played many of the South Coast's premier live music venues.

​After a few years away from musical projects, 2021 saw Andy release a self-recorded and produced 4 track EP called 'Lucidity' under his solo project name 'The Program', with the help of some friends old and new. ​With a renewed hunger for sound scaping and song writing, Andy is excited to develop these elements further with his bandmates in venture 'Call of Sirens'.

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NICK KARP

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During his informative years Nick took part in numerous musical and theatrical projects, taking on a combination of acting and singing roles. In his late teens Nick gave up singing on stage in favour of focusing purely on music, and in particular, bass guitar, vocals; and song writing.

While at the University, Nick formed a hard rock outfit ‘Leaf’ who toured extensively around the region, playing a combination of hard and progressive rock. Soon after this Nick left the UK for an extended trip to Mexico where he became obsessed with Mariachi and world music.

Upon returning to the UK, he took an extended hiatus away from music to raise his family, however, in recent years, Nick has become active again, most recently as bassist, backing vocalist and songwriter for Bracknell hard rock band ‘Rise of the Machine’, and 80's inspired funk rock outfit ‘The Mustard’.

In ‘Call of Sirens’, Nick is excited to reconnect with his progressive and alternative rock roots and aims to bring some of his more eclectic influences into the mix.

SAM SUTTON

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Sam first started drumming back in primary school. As a teenager, all his friends band's already had drummers so he taught himself to play bass and joined an indie rock band. Despite not being in a drummer role full time, this sparked his passion for live music and performing.

At university, Sam expanded his experience to play drums in bands. Over the course of the next 3 years Sam played with multiple bands spanning many genres, from shoegaze (Cartwheel) to prog-rock (Tamarack) and even a glam-metal parody band (Maximum Axiom). Sam's main music project during this time was alternative rock outfit SOHLER, with whom he played many shows to support the release of their debut EP 'Vital Signs', including at a festival in Romania. 

Recently Sam has relocated to Surrey and currently plays in a number of local music projects including Risking Nostalgia, King Pine, and darkmaterial.

On stepping up to as drummer for Call of Sirens, Sam hopes to utilise his years of experience to be a key part of the band's tight rhythm section and is looking forward to getting stuck in with writing new material as the band moves forward.

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