She is the founder of Sounds Like Women, a singer, songwriter, music producer, recording artist, philanthropist, and sound therapy practitioner.
Luiza, born in Poland, moved to the UK in 2008 and currently based in SW
England. An artist, songwriter and music producer, she has been making music
for more than 25 years collaborating with many artists, newcomers, as well as
established singers and songwriters. Luiza has had her songs placed in films,
commercials, produced music and toured with the biggest artists in Poland.
She composed & has released several albums, and wrote a No.1 hit in the Polish
Luiza graduated from the Music School of Singers in Poznan (Poland), making
a huge impression on the Polish music scene, fronting the all-female band, Matka
(Mother), as the lead vocalist, pianist and composer/producer. After that she has
collaborated as a songwriter and lyricist with some of Poland’s best-loved artists,
including Michał Wisniewski and for Ewelina Flinta she wrote the song “Zaluje"
(I Regret) that soon became the biggest hit of 2003 in Poland!
As well, Luiza worked with the alternative-rock band, Telewizor, co-producing
their album, composing and writing most of their songs – “Sowy i Cmy” (Owls and
Moths), which enjoyed massive critical acclaim from the music press. This
opened the doors to Luiza composing for TV and movie soundtracks, most
notably “Magda M”, (extremely popular Polish serial), where her two songs
“Plyne, Gine”, (Swimming, Drowning) & “Posklejam” (Put it together), was enjoyed
by hedge viewing audiences.
By 2007 Luiza and her musical trio were finalists in the prestigious Vena
International Music Festival, and with her song “Where Have You Been” she have
reached third place. This song soon was featured on the album “JaToJa” (I Am
Me), a fantastic feminine album, exuding the warmth of Luiza’s voice and the
tranquillity of her Wurlitzer.
In 2008 she has moved to Scotland where started a new chapter of her life,
collaborating with Scottish artist and songwriter Gavin Sutherland (Sutherland
Brothers & Quivers), and later with London based music producers Andy Bradfield
and Avril Mackintosh who have worked with the biggest names in the music
business, such as Everything But the Girl, Tori Amos, Alanis Morissette, Tom
Jones and Susan Boyle. In late October 2012, as the result of great collaboration
with London based, Grammy nominated Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh,
Luiza released her EP worldwide called “Looking For Sound”.
After that Luiza started working mainly for other artists, writing and producing
their albums. As the result of it, Polish superstar, pop diva Zdzislawa Sosnicka
released an album “Tancz, chocby plonal swiat” (Dance, Even The World Is On
Fire), credited 4 songs written by Luiza.
During May 2016 Luiza worked as a music producer and an artist at The Real
World Studios in England, the iconic Peter Gabriel's place, recorded and released
worldwide, under The Real World Studios Label a single “No Matter What You Do”.
Then another Luiza’s dream came true, when an iconic Polish artist Grazyna
Lobaszewska released her new album “Sklejam Sie” (Getting Myself Together),
including 4 of Luiza’s songs. It’s been quite big sensation, even before release.
In 2019 Luiza released with Sounds Like Women an EP1 'Without Violence & of all Colours'.
Also visit www.facebook.com/luizastaniecmusic
Why Sounds Like Women? A bit of the story...
I was fortunate to express my feelings playing piano, singing and writing songs. It’s true self-healing process, a meditation, brings back life balance and happiness. I still do that quite often, whenever I want to say something that words can’t describe I seat to my piano and let the music play me… All songs comes like that.
So, years ago, being trapped in an abusive relationship I wanted to kill myself. But thankfully, I had a daughter, who was my main reason not to do it. Instead, like in a trance, I started writing songs, stories about my pain and struggles, letting go all the suppressed feelings and thoughts. Being a bit lucky to meet a few genuine people, later on, I released several albums and collaborated with many artists. I realised that since I was 6 (and was told by my family that I have no voice and rights to speak), then found a piano at local community centre, music found me, and ever since was my platform of communicating with the rest of the world. As well, writing songs gave me relief, hope, and power to deal with all the struggles I was going through as a single, mother living in a communist country, as a victim of domestic violence, and a woman working in music industry. Thanks to songwriting, performing I survived and stayed positive.
I am very positive that music literally saved my life and made me who I am today.
I also met many women with similar experiences to mine and realised that I can support them with music too, just like I was able to help myself. So, against all odds, I finished Rehabilitation of Socially maladapted people at Warsaw University, and in my late thirties, I learned the technical part of music production in London at age 45, to proudly create this Community Interest Company with its mission, then international projects & music activities.
And yet, everything come together, like some elements of puzzle, it looks finally like a beautiful picture. Or, it’s like a story that’d been written long time ago for me but I had to live my life for over 50 years, learn enough to be able finally realise it and put it together… Amazing… But a bit bizarre!
In 2020 I started my further education at West of England University in Bristol, studying Music Therapy Master. I am nearly qualified music therapist, but will never stop learning from people and music I dedicated my life to.
With Love, Luiza Staniec - Moir