Leo Varella is a Brazilian guitarist, songwriter, producer and musical director. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with honors, and selected career highlights include praise from the likes of American Songwriter and Atwood Magazine, as well as support from producers Kenny Beats & Brasstracks.
As a natural performer and guitarist, within 4 months of living in Los Angeles, Varella performed in critically acclaimed performances, such as his NPR Music Tiny Desk performance with Grammy nominated rapper Cordae, and notable performances in the main stages of festival Lollapalooza and Day N Vegas for over 25,000 people in the past year. Leo’s also had the opportunity to record guitar for artists such as Lucky Daye, Smino, Karencici, Mariah the Scientist and most recently, Doja Cat.
Following the steps of musical director and producer Rob Lewis (Christina Aguilera, Toni Braxton, Anderson Paak), Varella has also pursued the desire to MD for a roster of artists who he performs, tours and writes with, such as Lewis Del Mar, wens, Carol Ades, and Laura Elliott.
As Leo currently prepares for his album recording this spring and summer, this year is already shaping up to be the most important one of his career yet. With the supervision and executive production of his main collaborator, producer and music savant JIM ALXNDR, the album will be made with the funding of music company and incubator LAYERS, supported by Splice’s former CBO Jonathan Lee. Varella’s upcoming single was originally discovered by producer Kenny Beats through the outpouring support of his Twitch community over Leo’s demos; his upcoming song “Luck”, is going to be released in the next month through AWAL.
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