Lea Maalfrid Profile

Chris Bourke
20 Nov 2013

“Lea’s Leaving Home” was Rip It Up’s affectionate headline when singer-songwriter Lea Maalfrid departed New Zealand in August 1978. The singer-songwriter with the Greta Garbo cheekbones seemed to be on a fast track to fame.

She was leaving for Australia, intending to record some demos to take to Los Angeles. Already that year she had won the APRA Silver Scroll for her gorgeous piano ballad ‘Lavender Mountain’, and had supported Joe Cocker and Manhattan Transfer.

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The 1975 Raganrok single Fenris
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Ragnarok with Lea Maalfrid
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Producer Mike Harvey and Lea Maalfrid recording Goddess of Love in the mid 1990s
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Flyer for the 1973 tribute show to Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs and Englishmen, performed by Otago University students in Dunedin and Auckland. Among the performers, many would achieve success in a variety of fields: Lea Wyber as songwriter Lea Maalfrid, Graham Wardrop as a guitarist, Tim Hazledine as a professor of economics, Ian Taylor as an animated graphics entrepreneur, Robin Mohi as a TV newsreader, Ross Somerville as an historian and editor, and Lachland Rutherford as an EMI executive. 
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Mike Harvey and Lea Maalfrid with the 1977 APRA Silver Scroll award
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Lea Maalfrid has performed very rarely in New Zealand since she left in the late 1970s, however this was one such occasion - at the 1984 New Zealand Music Awards
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Sheena Easton - You Could Have Been With Me
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Bonnie Raitt - Storm Warning
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Lea Maalfrid
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Lavender Mountain
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Trivia:

In 1995, Storm Warning was covered by smooth jazz pianist Bob James and his daughter Hilary.