This biography of a living person relies too much on references to primary sources. (March 2008) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Birth name||Leah Jacqueline Cooney|
|Born||August 16, 1976|
|Origin||Perth, Western Australia, Australia|
|Genres||Pop, pop rock, dance-pop, electropop, hip hop|
|Occupation(s)||Producer, songwriter, musical artist, music executive|
Leah Haywood (born Leah Jacqueline Cooney: 16 August 1976) is an Australian pop rock singer-songwriter and producer. Born in New Zealand, she grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and recorded a top 40 album, Leah, released in 2001 on Epic Records, which contained her Top 10 single, "We Think It's Love". Two more Top 40 hits followed with "Crazy" in 2000 and "Takin' Back What's Mine" in 2001. She also performed backing vocals for Celine Dion on "That's the Way It Is", the 1999 hit single from Dion's album All the Way… A Decade of Song. Haywood's song "Summer of Love" was the theme for Channel Ten Australia at the Start of 2002. She opened for Ricky Martin on the Australian leg of his International tour.
Haywood was nominated as Best Female Artist at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards of 2001. "We Think It's Love" was nominated for Most Performed Australian Work at the 2001 Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Awards. In 2002, Haywood and husband, Daniel Pringle, relocated to Los Angeles to run Dreamlab, their production and songwriting company.
Haywood (real name: Leah Jacqueline Cooney), was born in New Zealand,[where?] but moved to Perth, Western Australia at a young age, where she trained on piano and vocals before moving to Sydney by 1999. Haywood signed with Epic Records (Australia) to release her debut single, "We Think It's Love", in February 2000, which peaked at #7 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Two more Top 40 hits followed with "Crazy" in August and "Takin' Back What's Mine" in April 2001. Her debut album, Leah followed in July and peaked in the Top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart.
In 2002, Haywood moved to Los Angeles, California with her husband, Daniel James, and started Dreamlab, a production and songwriting company managed by Advanced Alternative Media Inc.. A discography of songs written, co-written and/or produced by Leah Haywood/Dreamlab may be viewed on the AAM website.
From their Los Angeles studio, Haywood and James, as Dreamlab, co-wrote and co-produced Aly and AJ's debut top 40 single "Rush" and produced eight tracks on the record; which has sold in excess of a million records worldwide. They have worked with actors Emmy Rossum and Keanu Reeves on their respective musical endeavours, and had further releases in 2008, including Epic Records rock band, Automatic Loveletter. Dreamlab co-wrote half the tracks and produced the entire record for Ryan Cabrera. They have printed a limited number of copies of their electronica EP self-titled Dreamlab. An LP version was completed by late 2008.
Also in late 2008, Haywood provided background vocals for the ballad "Out from Under" sung by American pop singer Britney Spears off her sixth studio album, Circus. In 2009, Haywood co-wrote Perth singer Cassie Davis' third single, "Do It Again", and "Pieces," a track on Allison Iraheta's debut album Just Like You, she also wrote "Masquerade" for Ashley Tisdale's second album, Guilty Pleasure . She is also known to have co-written and produced at least two tracks from Australian singer Amy Pearson's upcoming second studio album Aftershock, and these are the title track "Aftershock" and "Doctor Love". In 2011, Haywood co-wrote 3 songs on American singer-songwriter Demi Lovato's third studio album "Unbroken"; "Hold Up", "Mistake" & title track "Unbroken". Also co-wrote Hit the Lights for the third album by the American singer Selena Gomez. Leah also co-wrote and co-produced the track Marilyn Monroe off Nicki Minaj Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded which debuted at number 1 on billboard 200 Albums.
Haywood and James have started their own record label Layer Cake Records and signed alt rock band Neon Hymns and Hunter Parrish. Parrish debut is expected to be released late June.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"We Think It's Love"||2000||7||
|"Takin' Back What's Mine"||2001||18|
|"Summer of Love"||87|
|1999||Celine Dion||All The Way, A Decade Of Song||Vocals, ("That's the Way It Is")|
|2002||Mandy Moore||Stuart Little 2 soundtrack||Writer, ("Top of The World")|
|2005||Aly & AJ||Into the Rush||Producer, Writer, ("Rush","In a Second") Producer ("No One", "Collapsed", "Out of the Blue", "Something More", "Protecting Me", "I Am One of Them")|
|2006||Vanessa Hudgens||V||Producer, Writer, ("Promise", "Drive", "Afraid")|
|2007||The Cheetah Girls||TCG||Producer, Writer, ("So Bring It On", "Uh-Oh")|
|2008||Britney Spears||Circus||Vocals, ("Out from Under")|
|Vanessa Hudgens||Identified||Programmer, Arranger ("Did it Ever Cross your Mind", "Papercut")|
|Ryan Cabrera||The Moon Under Water||Producer, Writer ("Say", "Relax", "Say You Will", "In Between Lights", "Should've Kissed You") Producer ("I Will Remember You", "Please Don't Lie To Me", "How Bout Tonight")|
|Jordan Pruitt||Permission to Fly||Producer, Writer ("One Love", "Simple Things")|
|Michael Paynter||Producer, Co-Writer, ("Lay My Armour Down", "Let Go")|
|2009||Selena Gomez & the Scene||Original Motion Picture Hollywood Soundtrack||Producer, Writer ("Magical")|
|Miley Cyrus||Hannah Montana 3||Producer, Writer, ("Supergirl")|
|Ashley Tisdale||Guilty Pleasure||Producer, Writer ("Masquerade")|
|Cassie Davis||Differently||Producer, Writer ("Do It Again")|
|Camera Can't Lie||Days & Days||Producer, Writer ("The One That Got Away")|
|LoveHateHero||America Underwater||Producer, Co-Writer ("America Underwater")|
|2010||The Wanted||The Wanted||Producer, Co-Writer ("Say It on The Radio")|
|Debi Nova||Producer, Writer ("Drummer Boy")|
|Allison Iraheta||Just Like You||Producer, Writer ("Pieces")|
|SoundGirl||Something to Dream About||Producer, Co-Writer ("Hero")|
|BC Jean||Producer, Writer ("Shattered", "Get All Over Me")|
|2011||Demi Lovato||Unbroken||Producer, Co-Writer ("Unbroken", "Mistake", "Hold Up")|
|Selena Gomez & the Scene||When the Sun Goes Down||Producer, Co-Writer ("Hit the Lights")|
|Charice||Infinity||Producer, Co-Writer ("Louder")|
|Girls' Generation||Girls' Generation||Co-Writer ("I'm In Love With the Hero", "Beautiful Stranger", "Born to Be a Lady")|
|Avery||Producer, Co-Writer ("Go Screw Yourself", "That Girl", "Next Level")|
|2012||Nicki Minaj||Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded||Co-Producer, Co-Writer ("Marilyn Monroe")|
|Bridgit Mendler||Hello My Name Is...||Producer, Co-Writer, Mixer ("Blonde")|
|The Veronicas||The Veronicas||Producer, Writer ("Cruel", "Teenage Millionaire")|
- "Leah Haywood Biography". Artist Direct Music. ARTISTdirect, Inc. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "Discography Leah Haywood". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 15 November 2007.
- "ARIA Awards - History: Winners by Year 2001: 15th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "APRAAMCOS Nominations - 2001". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "Dreamlab official MySpace site". MySpace. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Leah Haywood Official Myspace
- Dreamlab Official Myspace
- Layer Cake Records Official Website
- AAM Management Website