Rupert Leighton was born in Guildford, England in 1986. He has always enjoyed listening to music throughout his childhood but didn't actually start playing until he was 12. He was given a keyboard by his parents one Christmas which for a couple of years remained just a passing interest. However at the age of 14, he started listening to jazz and blues pianist and began to teach himself the rudiments of jazz piano. His ability to play by ear soon led him to create his compositions. With the benefit of better musical equipment, he added different styles into his repertoire, such as funk, electronics and Latin rhythms.
At 16 he started to perform live, playing at clubs and parties in his area. On leaving school, he set up his own studio and learnt more about the production and recording of music. By 18 he had produced a lot of material and in July 2005 released his debut album 'Beyond Reflection'. The CD combined acoustic and electric music with funky grooves and rhythms complimented by jazzy piano. The album achieved radio airplay across the U.S.A. as well as Europe and Australia, gaining a positive response from around the world.
Rupert has recently finished his 2nd album Take the Sidewalk, planned for release in May 2006. ' I think the new album is definitely more mature and structured. I've learnt a lot over the past year which I've been able to put into this CD, both musically and production wise. Take the Sidewalk shows more sophistication and ability than its predecessor. From the punchy jazz café style of ‘Amuse-Bouche’ to the simmering grooves of ‘My Sahara’ and the cool jazz of ‘Drift Along’, a truly sumptuous musical journey awaits when you Take the Sidewalk.
Rupert's musical influences span various styles from St.Germain and Herbie Hancock to Prince and Sting. At the age of 19 he composes, produces, arranges and performs all his music, making him a talented one-man band.