WE ARE LEO
Hopeful & fun, WE ARE LEO is the latest in heartfelt, creative, cutting-edge music for the young, and young-at-heart Christian.
With a lyrical depth and refreshing originality, WE ARE LEO sings about God's love and finding hope in the everyday. In the modern world we live in, WE ARE LEO is important because the unique way they express their faith inspires teens and young adults around the world, helping them find emotional healing, overcome depression, and come to a stronger faith in Christ. The band recently partnered with INTERL'INK to expand their ability to be a resource to growing pool of youth pastors and youth leaders around North America. WE ARE LEO's goal is to come alongside youth pastors in churches and partner with them to see students come to a deeper knowledge of Christ's love, and to share with them truths about why prayer, purity, faith and the way we live, matter.
When ask about the band’s name (“Leo” means lion), lead singer, David Duffield, explains, "Being LEO or lionhearted, means daily choosing faith instead of doubt; it’s about finding bravery to live the lives we were meant to live."
Graduating from the School of Worship in Kenosha, WI (just north of Chicago), then-Starbucks barista & part-time missionary, David Duffield, and his brother, graphic designer & youth leader, Jonny Duffield, built a make-shift recording studio in their garage and started cranking out rough, but passionate demos. They soon teamed up with worship leader/guitarist, Doug Weier, and eventually, guitarist, John Panzer, to meld their music, style and message into a synth-driven, pop-rock band with up-front guitars & contagious, upbeat hooks.
After two intense years of day jobs, midnight writing sessions, and weekend shows, decided to make music full-time. Shortly afterwards, they were discovered by indie label, Skies Fall Records, run by former guitarist of Skillet, Ben Kasica, whose invaluable insight helped them refine their sound and release their first record, HELLO. This debut album propelled them on to several notable accomplishments including: Christian Festival Association’s New Artist of the year (2012), and a Billboard #1 C-ROCK single, Supernova Sunrise. For the following 3 years, the band was on the road sharing their new music, making connections and growing a loyal fan-base. After Skies Fall Records morphed into a video production company in 2014, they signed with Dream Records (Capitol Records Christian music division) and released their sophomore record, Fightback Soundtrack,which was selected as a "Top 5 Christian albums of 2014” by The Christian Music Review.
WE ARE LEO states, “We believe that through these songs, young people will find hope, life and joy. We believe chains will be broken. We’re fighting back against depression, doubt, apathy & addiction with the truth and love of Christ. We know that we live in a broken world but we know we don’t have to let the failures and lies keep us down. This is music for those who want to live life to the fullest. It’s for the dreamers, the believers; it’s for the broken and the lonely who want to believe that broken hearts can find healing, and it’s music for everyone who refuses to give up despite overwhelming odds.”
"I dare you to keep dreaming and never stop believing. “ - Fightback Soundtrack