Leah Haywood

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Leah Haywood
Birth nameLeah Jacqueline Cooney
Born (1976-08-16) August 16, 1976 (age 43)
OriginPerth, Western Australia, Australia
GenresPop, 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.[1] Born in New Zealand, she grew up in Perth, Western Australia, and recorded a top 40 album, Leah,[2] released in 2001 on Epic Records, which contained her Top 10 single, "We Think It's Love".[2] Two more Top 40 hits followed with "Crazy" in 2000 and "Takin' Back What's Mine" in 2001.[2] 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.[1] 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.[1]

Haywood was nominated as Best Female Artist at the Australian Record Industry Association (ARIA) Music Awards of 2001.[3] "We Think It's Love" was nominated for Most Performed Australian Work at the 2001 Australian Performing Rights Association (APRA) Awards.[4] In 2002, Haywood and husband, Daniel Pringle, relocated to Los Angeles to run Dreamlab, their production and songwriting company.[1][5]


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.[1] Haywood signed with Epic Records (Australia) to release her debut single, "We Think It's Love",[1] in February 2000, which peaked at #7 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[2] Two more Top 40 hits followed with "Crazy" in August and "Takin' Back What's Mine" in April 2001.[2] Her debut album, Leah followed in July and peaked in the Top 40 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[2]

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.


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Leah 40


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"We Think It's Love" 2000 7 Leah
"Crazy" 31
"Takin' Back What's Mine" 2001 18
"Summer of Love" 87

Other artists[edit]

Year Artist Album Details
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")
2013 Nikki Williams Glowing Co-Writer[7]
The Veronicas The Veronicas Producer, Writer ("Cruel", "Teenage Millionaire")


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Leah Haywood Biography". Artist Direct Music. ARTISTdirect, Inc. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Discography Leah Haywood". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 15 November 2007.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ "APRAAMCOS Nominations - 2001". Australasian Performing Right Association. Archived from the original on 8 March 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Dreamlab official MySpace site". MySpace. Retrieved 15 November 2009.
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/glowing-mw0002463793

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