Medicine For The Soul
This is Leif Shires with the Pan Am Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergio Buslje. This is an arrangement of Caravan by Leif Shires and Sandy Tipping, orchestrated by David Shipps.
From the San Joaquin Valley in California, Leif Shires grew up in and around a very eclectic mixture of music. His loves have ranged from Jazz, Latin, Funk, Pop, Gospel, Rock, and even Classic R&B with the legendary Memphis Horns. Recently touring with Jack White, Wanda Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, Jaci Velasquez and a member of Christian Latin jam band Salvador. Leif has discovered that his passion as a musician has blossomed into artistry.
Shires is now signed with Green Hill Music in Nashville Tennessee along with his Jazz vocalist wife Jaimee Paul. Both artists work together for a beautiful blend of talents. Mostly emphasizing on standard and cool Jazz, they have both released albums under the direction of Jack Jezzro who has produced countless albums, and wo also graces both albums with his extraordinarily smooth guitar playing. Leading into his current partnership with Green Hill Music, Leif caught the eye of the "Godfather of Southern Gospel" ...Bill Gaither. Bill, (in concert with Greg Howard-VP of Green Hill) seeing Leif's potential, encouraged the label to release a project.
Now on his third record (second with Green Hill), Shires is continuously excited about his career. His debut label recording, "What a Wonderful World" fared well, paving the way to his first Christmas album "Cool Jazz Christmas" released in 2010.
Shires, founder of TheSectionHorns.com, has also been involved in many projects and shows with several artists spanning a variety of genres. Some of these artists include, My Morning Jacket, Tom Jones, The Secret Sisters, Sandi Patty, Toby Mac, Leogun, Barry Gibb, T.G. Sheppard, Kelly Lang, Ben Utecht, Brian Fuente, Melinda Doolittle, Mandisa, Anna Haas, Phil Stacey, Denver Bierman, The Whigs, and many more. Leif has also played before many audiences, some including a U.S. President, Senators, Congressmen, the Prime Minister of Poland, Ambassadors, leading military officials from around the world, and even the Pope.
Determined not to take for granted the many opportunities that Mr. Shires has been blessed with, he continues to perfect his craft. Desiring to bring peace and comfort through music into a world that needs hope.
"The more great musicians there are in this town, the more people trust Nashville for its recording needs" Shires commented. Revealing his desire to maintain the integrity of Music City's lasting reputation. Leif Shires plans to be a part of Nashville's standing and unique legacy for a very long time.
"The more great musicians there are in this town, the more people trust Nashville for its recording needs" ~Leif Shires
As an artist or as a sideman, Leif Shires has been involved in a tremendous amount of varying styles of live performances. From Classical and Jazz, to Pop Rock, Independent, Motown, and more. He's performed on stages in front of audiences of all sizes, from 10 to 80,000 people, and on televised programs reaching millions that have spanned the globe.
Leif Shires has been collaborating with other musicians and artists as well as solo work for individual projects. If you’re looking for a top musician who will be a pleasure to work with , look no further. Whatever your musical need, Leif Shires is here to make sure yours are met in the most professional way.
You can rest assured knowing that you’ve found a top musician to work with. Leif has the ability to bring a distinctive sound to every project he works on. With the ability to make horn charts and arrangements of multiple configurations and styles. If you’re looking for a professional arranger to collaborate as part of your music, feel free to get in touch with Leif.
A diversity of sounds
Whichever type of music you might be searching for, Leif Shires is most certainly the best call for versatility and interpretation. As an accomplished musician, Leif has worked on numerous projects over the years and has extensive experience whether it be old school, jazz, classical, pop, rock, and more. Have a look through the project list and read about the different sounds and styles.
Kelly Clarkson: Greatest Hits
Jack White and The Electric Mayhem
My Morning Jacket: Circuital
Jaci Velasquez: Diamond
Eliza and The Bear
Toby Mac: Tonight
Christian Hip Hop, R & B
Tom Jones: Evil
Retro Rock & Roll
Salvador: Make Some Noise
Latin & Funk
Leislie Cours Mather: COUNTRIFIED
Jaimee Paul: At Last
Jaimee Paul: Bonded
Leif Shires: What a Wonderful World