Joey Leal

About Joey Leal

When Joey was 10, the neighborhood kids were outside playing while he sat in his room fascinated with learning the guitar. When he was 17, his Waukesha South High School classmates were into Michael Jackson and all the hair bands and he would clamor to hear the new Leo Kottke recordings, “anything with a guitar and guy or gal basically”. Now that Leal is 46, the old neighborhood kids and old classmates come out on occasion to see him do what he loves best.

“I like the feeling of sharing the music with people – the look on their faces when they recognize an original piece.” And there’s a lot to recognize. The 1989 Waukesha South graduate has 8 independent release. His library includes – “Riverwalk” 1998, “Fingertalk” 2000, “Accelerate” 2004, “Somewhere in Between” 2006,”Acoustic Hand Jive”2007, “Joey Leal” 2009,”Christmas Tunes” 2009 and his latest “The Best of Joey Leal” 2013.

In addition to the list of original songs and solo guitar instrumentals, Leal includes songs by various artists. If you like music by James Taylor, John Mayer, Willy Porter and Michael Hedges, you’ll like Joey.

Leal took lessons sometime after high school graduation from Bill Brenckle, an accomplished graduate of The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. “I quickly lost interest in the idea of music on paper. I gather inspiration from the world around me and the experiences we all share. I tend to be introspective in my writing.”

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