Leila's raw musical talent has fiery origins in Hawaii where she was born into a rhythm-rich environment influenced by her multi-instrumentalist father. When she wasn't crawling in and out of the bass drum, she was watching and listening to him create thunderous beats in a whirlwind of limbs across an 8-piece drum kit and shimmering cymbals. Her first axe was an ukulele. At age 4, she was already shredding it up. She graduated to guitar and drums by age 12, learning the obligatory classic rock anthems by ear. While most other kids at school were getting down with Bobby Brown, Leila was wearing out her Walkman with Joe Satriani tapes. In high school, hula dancing and surfing were eschewed in pursuit of mastering the epic ear-splitters from Metallica and Soundgarden in a cover band formed with her closest buddies. While playing metal was a satisfying exercise in articulation, learning the subtleties of contemporary pop was also a favorite pastime. Moving to Eugene, Oregon in 1995 found Leila playing drums in an R&B outfit, Mamalovdus, and a celtic-folk-pop group, Flying Canoe. It was during this time that she became drawn to the guitar as a compositional and lyrical outlet, and began crafting songs and developing her soulful voice. In 1997 she won a Best New Song showcase in the Willamette Valley Folk Fest, which earned her other gigs, where she caught the ear of then Sam Bond's Garage booking person, Chris Funk (The Decemberists). Funk was playing with folk songstress Ashleigh Flynn at the time, and upon seeing Leila perform, insisted that she join Flynn's band. Thus a several year stint of supporting Flynn on drums and/or bass ensued which exposed her to larger audiences and many fine stages. She moved to Portland in 2000 to refocus on her own songs and recorded two EPs. Her rock background can be heard in her chunky chord progressions, or guitar solos, but these tunes are largely melodic and accessible pop with a slightly more complex architecture. She fronted her own trio which enlisted David Lauder on drums, and keyboard extraordinaire Asher Fulero (Surrounded by Ninjas, Floydian Slips). GARAGEpro EP was recorded before the group disbanded to pursue other projects. Over the years she has worked with numerous local luminaries such as Lara Michell, Myshkin, Skip von Kuske, Jen Bernard, Rachel Taylor Brown, and others. Another long stint was spent as one-third of eco-pop band Vivian's Keeper, and most recently she returned to her hard-hitting roots as drummer for neo-classic rockers Benjamin Franklin Freeman. Leila is obsessed with volcanoes and is currently harnessing a rising tide of new tunes. ____________________________ Musicians on GARAGEpro EP: David Lauder - drums Asher Fulero - bass guitar, piano, vocals Leila Chieko - acoustic and electric guitars, vocals.