Rolling Stone announcement for Priests Second full length LP The Seduction of Kansas where Janel is featured as songwriter, collaborator, multi-instrumentalist and primary bassist.

  A lot has been going on in 2017 and 2018! My new record, American God, landed on several best of year lists as well as got a stellar review on NPR. I recorded on Priests Pitchfork pick, Nothing Feels Natural, was featured on Dischord's newest release The Messthetics, self-titled debut and recorded on Beauty Pill's forthcoming gem of a record.  I arranged strings on a sure to be classic record by Marissa Nadler's with Lawrence Rothman producing which will be out in the Fall on Bella Union and Sacred Bones. I've been touring with Priests this Spring too! I'll be opening for Priests in the mid west as well so take a look at my schedule for more info on an April/May tour.  I am thankful for your support! American God is still for sale over at bandcamp and you can write me at if you prefer. Thank you!

NPR Reviews American God and debuts Ashes to Breathe video by cinematographer, Dan Sharnoff

Cellist Janel Leppin Desperately Seeks Healing In Mellow Diamond's 'Ashes To Breathe'

Janel Leppin cradles the cello close to her soul. You can hear her on recordings by Eyvind Kang, Evangelista, Marissa Nadler, Priests and Janel & Anthony, her duo with guitarist and husband Anthony Pirog. In her solo music as Mellow Diamond, the D.C.-based musician and composer builds elegantly somber songs through a dense pedal board of effects and loops.


Brightest Young Things premieres "No Treaty" from Janel Leppin's Mellow Diamond

NPR Music hosted Janel on their new music and cooking show Wax n Eggs

Electronic Musician magazine reviews Mellow Diamond

Gorilla vs. Bear radio features Mellow Diamond

The Wire reviews Arturas Bumsteinas' work Head and Shoulders featuring Janel Leppin, article below

Janel and Marissa open for The Ex at Villa Manuella Festival in Madrid

New York Music Daily writes a glowing preview for Janel and Anthony's upcoming show at beam in Brooklyn, NY on December 12

Rolling Stone Germany came on tour with with Marissa Nadler and I in Spring 2014

Janel records for Orion Rigel Dommisse's beautiful new work Omicron at Electric Mami in Toulouse, France including Emmanuel Mario of Stereolab

Janel and Marissa Nadler live at FLOW Festival on the 360 Stage in Helsinki, Finland