Flaming June

Published in Billboard Magazine

 

Damien Leith took a novel approach when writing his third studio album, “Remember June”—the Australian chart-topping Australian Recording Industry Assn. (ARIA) Award winner penned a parallel book of the same name.

“There are themes around the book which I couldn’t disconnect,” Leith says. “I’d finish writing a chapter in the book, then write a song.”

Three years ago, the Irish-born singer/songwriter became the oldest winner (at the age of 30) of “Australian Idol.” Four ARIA platinum (70,000 shipments) albums followed, but he says “Remember June,” with themes tracing the highs and lows of life, is the “only one that really feels like a ‘me’ record.”

“Remember June” arrived Oct. 9 at retail, supported by shows at Sydney’s State Theatre (Oct. 16) and Melbourne’s Thornbury Theatre (Oct. 17). The lead single, “To Get to You,” issued Sept. 25, has already been used in a national promo campaign for home-grown TV series “Mercy.”

Next on the agenda is breaking Leith overseas. “The intent with this record is certainly to get a release in the Irish market and bleed it into the English market,” Leith’s manager David Champion says. Leith is published by Universal Music Publishing Australia and booked by the Harbour Agency. Harper Collins is expected to publish “Remember June” early 2010.