ALLISON LEAH & WE CAN STILL SING
Where are you located now and where are you originally from?
I'm in Nashville now and I'm from NYC. I was doing the music hustle thing in New York for the first 2 years after college then I decided to move to Nashville. I felt like that scene was more fitting to my genre.
Who has been your greatest influence?
Maisie Peters is a newer artist that influences me. I discovered her a couple years ago and I feel like she's good at bridging the gap between in depth lyrics and pop melody. But in general, I think of influences as all the music I grew up listening to. What is your latest and greatest? Throughout quarantine, I recorded a song called "We can still sing." I wrote it about my experience as a musician through this pandemic. A lot of artists I know told me they resonated with it and that meant so much to me. I'm now in the studio working on my next EP which will be out next fall. What are you most looking forward to in 2021?
I know a lot of people say you need very specific goals. For this year, I had a large scale tour plan for 2020 and that all fell through the cracks so now I'm learning to be patient and to appreciate the process. The most important thing to me right now is to keep recording, playing gigs (when I can), and writing good songs - and that feels like a really good place to be.
What would you say to your younger self if you could?
I didn't think I had an answer for this one. I'd probably tell myself to practice guitar and piano more. No but seriously this is not an industry for the faint of heart. I'd say, "Just know you will face obstacles but you will tackle them. Focus on the music and the rest will follow." On a scale from ONE to TEN, how driven are you? Definitely an 11. The story goes that I decided to be a singer-songwriter about 7 years ago. The summer I made that decision I sat down and wrote 300 songs. I was so excited by it and embodying the hustle since the get-go has always been my thing. How much do you believe LUCK plays a role in success?
I think it's more about persistence and hard work than it is about luck. If you play a gig 300 times, you're going to open yourself up to a lot more luck than if you played the gig once. Put yourself out there and opportunities present themselves. How can we stay up to date with you? https://www.allisonleahmusic.com INSTAGRAM