Born in Germany, Helene Immel is the eldest daughter of Russian-German immigrants to the US. Helene’s mother blessed her with the nickname LENACHKA (ley-notch-kuh), a name of endearment used by Russian mothers. In the 20 year-old Lenachka’s own words: “I have lived an interesting life, one filled with hardships, lots of traveling, and exploring, but one thing always remained. That is music.”
In the first quarter of 2012, producer Charlie Peacock (The Civil Wars, Chris Cornell, The Lone Bellow) set a Google alert for the song “Safe & Sound” by Taylor Swift and The Civil Wars. Every morning he would listen to the dozen or more cover versions young artists had created overnight. On April 4th of that year he heard 18 year-old Lenachka’s artful version and immediately sent her this note:
“Heard your cover of Safe & Sound. Good job. Really like the sound of your voice. Just wanted to let you know my door is open to you to send songs as you create them.”
And so she did. The producer and artist struck up a musical friendship that quickly became a partnership. They began recording, first in Los Angeles where Lenachka lives, and later at Charlie’s studio in Nashville. The goal? Make beautiful pop music the whole world will sing.
After nearly two years of creating together, Lenachka and producer Charlie Peacock are ready to share the music. Since her first sessions in Los Angeles with John Mayer’s band, Lenachka has co-written with a great cast of talented songwriters, including Nathan Chapman, Mike Elizondo, Winston Marshall (Mumford & Sons), Eric Robinson, Matthew Perryman Jones, Taylor York (Paramore), Kris Allen, Kelsey Kopecky, Jason Reeves, Mat Kearney, Tom Douglas, Sam Ashworth, Nolan Sipe and Ryan Peterson. Five of those songs appear on Lenachka’s eponymous EP (9.23.14).