James Hughes Interview By Scott McGlynn

James Hughes from Glasgow, Hit our screens this summer appearing on The X Factor getting through to 

Nicole Scherzinger judges houses.

I met up with James to talk about X Factor, Up Coming Gigs, Matt Terry and Honey G!

 

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Scott McGlynn: We seen you get to Nicole Scherzinger’s judges houses, Tell me about you X-Factor experience?

James Hughes: I loved the the whole X Factor experience. Its unforgettable, there are ups and downs and its a tough!

I feel you have to be emotionally prepared for The X Factor or else it will slowly brake you. I’m happy I auditioned for The X Factor and I’m happy I’ve seen what the show can do to peoples lives.

SM: I honestly loved your audition and six chair challenge song choice “Tina Turner – Proud Mary” Your a fan of the classic i noticed, Did you grow up listening to the old divas / classics?

JH: I don’t think your much of a performer if you didn’t listen to old diva classics. The soul and passion in that music tells its own story and is nothing like the “MUSIC” we hear today.

SM: Do you think you will audition again next year (2017) ?

JH: I’ve been changing my mind so much when asked this question. I would go back if I was guaranteed to make it to the live shows, if not then i wouldn’t go back!

SM: Who are you loving on the show and why?

JH: There’s only one person left on the show that I like and its Matt Terry! I didn’t think Matt would be able to handle live shows but he’s proven me wrong and is smashing it every week. Apart from Matt I don’t really see anyone on the same level.

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SM: I’ve seen on your Twitter your not a fan of Honey G can you tell me why? What was she like behind the scenes?

JH: I’ve been pretty harsh on Honey G, She’s done well to get where she has got but she has no talent and doesn’t deserve a place in that competition!

That’s what Britain’s Got Talents is for, joke acts.

SM: Being on the XF  gives you a platform, Will we be seeing you performing anywhere soon?

JH: I have lots of things planned and I’m really excited about them! I’m going to be performing in a lot of different placed and I can’t wait to tell everyone what I have planned!

SM: Do you ever suffer from nerves? If you do how do you prepare yourself?

JH: I don’t suffer from nerves, I’m a very confident individual.

Everyone gets nervous including me but I think I control it well. I just go into my own little world and do what I do best which is perform.

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SM: Can you tell me your first single you bought?

JH: I think the first single I bought was “Love on Top by Beyoncé” I’ve bought so many!

SM: Who are you loving in the charts right now?

JH: I’m not really loving anyone in the charts at the moment, I don’t really think their’s any soulful songs with meaning so I’m not really interested with any current music.

 

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Tom Wilson Interview By Scott McGlynn

Tom Read Wilson exclusive he’s appeared in

“The Voice UK” & The hit E4 show “Celebs Go Dating”

I had the privilege to sit down with him and talk about his career, also I had to ask how he get’s them perfect eyelashes…

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Scott McGlynn: Some people may not know that you appeared in the

“The Voice” this year, Tell me about your experience on the show?

Tom Read Wilson: I was so beautifully looked after. David, the musical director had such style and his band arrangement was heavenly.

SM: Your voice is so unique, I love it! Do you still perform? If so where and any future dates? 

TRW: I do! I’m hoping I’ll have a little sing at the Crazy Coqs this Christmas.

SM: Being the front man on “Celebs Go Dating” have you ever had any usual phone calls? 

TRW: Actually I often feel that people are on their best behaviour on the phone as I’m the first port of call, so I try to penetrate the carapace.

SM: How did you get involved in the show?

TRW: I was asked aboard as a known romantic. I’m a hopeless romantic you know.

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SM: You must of had a favourite celebrity from the show, Can you tell me who and why? 

TRW: Well the one that made me swoon was dear Joe.

SM: I’m a huge fan of your Instagram account with your vocabulary videos, What’s your favourite and why? 

TRW: I’m so delighted! Today’s was “fettle” which I love: condition or state.

SM: Tell me 3 juicy facts about yourself?

TRW: Juicy? Gosh!

  1. I’m a potty mouth after the watershed.

  2. My great vice is coffee cake.

  3. I always sleep in my birthday suit!

SM: I have to ask how do you get them perfect eyelashes? 

TRW: The secret is coconut oil from root to tip!

SM: What’s your Top 3 dating tips?

TRW:

  1. Celebrate your ideosyncracies! “The one” will love you warts and all

  2. Listen: our nerves make us inclined to gabble.

  3. Wear a lovely perfume. If a smell lingers as you hug goodbye so will you.

 

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De’Jon Pier’e Interview By Scott McGlynn

Fashion Designer De’Jon Pier’e brought out his collection in August 2015 .

Taking the industry by storm and the success he’s had, I had to get the lowdown on how it all come about, Future Design’s, LFW and MUCH more… 

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Scott McGlynn: Was Fashion / Designing something you knew you wanted to do growing up? 

De’Jon Pier’e: I always use to get complimented with the way i dress from when i was young, which to be fair my mum and a part to play in this. as i was growing up i just always love dressing preppy but smart casual and i have always loved fashion and clothes.

SM: Who are your Fashion icons? 

DJP: I am in love with Calvin Klein, the way the brand is is what I aspire to how i would like DJP to go in years to come.

SM: De’Jon Pier’e has been such a sucess, How did it all come about starting your own brand?

DJP: I have always loved fashion and it was my Dad who said call your clothing line by your name as its unique and stands out so cheers Dad HAHA!

SM: How long did it take setting up De’Jon Pier’e?

DJP: It took me three years and then August 2015 I decided to release it and just see what happens i was so nervous because i done everything all by myself.

SM: De’Jon Pier’e offers Men & Women clothing, Which items do you find always sell out? 

DJP: At the moment my snapbacks always sell really quickly and one of the new items the men’s slim fit shirt is selling pretty well also.

SM: Will we be seeing a De’Jon Pier’e show at LFW 2017?

DJP: Possibly 2018, i think 2017 is a bit to close at the moment a few more achievements as at the moment I’m working with a PR company and we are in the middle of creating a team.

SM: What advice would you give someone looking to start their own brand?

DJP: Know your vision, talk to manufacturers and never stop, it will be hard it is suppose to be but never stop.

SM: Any sneak peaks of future collections?

DJP: Sure, Our ladies collections is expanding here’s a sneak peak,

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SM: Tell me you fashion DON’TS?

DJP: DON’T STOP, DON’T follow other people, don’t take no for an answer that’s what i have done and it is working for me.

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MikelyRik Interview By Scott McGlynn

Music and Performer MikelyRik is a global star from 100k hits on YouTube, Touring the world and with new music on the way. 

I caught up with MikelyRik to get the lowdown…

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Scott: Tell me 3 facts about yourself that no-one else knows?

MikelyRik: Hmmm, only 3? OK… One: Before I started writing songs, and poetry, I used to draw and create entire comic book stories for my classmates throughout middle and high school…Two: I used to have a fear of dogs when I was a kid, due to a crazy experience in Jamaica. And Three: growing up in a Gospel heavy, Jamaican, Christian home, the very first non-gospel record I ever remember hearing was “ShooBeeDoo” by Madonna lol!



Scott: Love your song “Celebrate” tell us about it.

MikelyRik: Thank you, I’m glad you love it. It’s one of the only songs that I didn’t write on my current EP “Genre Theater” but when it was presented to me, I fell in love with it too. It was written by an amazing talented songwriter, Jaron Hitz, who has also written for many amazing artists.
I’ve gotten lots of Feedback about what the song means to various people via fan mail, Facebook, YouTube comments and such but the general unifying idea is that it’s important to feel celebratory at some point on a daily basis! I do believe that as long as you’re alive, there is always something to celebrate. The music video, which recently surpassed 100K views on YouTube (I’m so humbled by that!) has several examples including: a quirky guy being accepted by a cool crew for who he is, a beautiful lesbian couple getting engaged, a young lady graduate and overall positive vibes.. All being celebrated in the video. 


Scott: You seen and worked all around the world, What’s been most memorable place and why?

MikelyRik: When I started doing music, I really just wanted to perform & share my passion and ideas with as many people as possible. I had no idea pursuing my dreams would take me to Hong Kong, Dubai, Bahrain and all of these amazing, beautiful, exotic locations. One of the most memorable experiences so far was recently in Atlanta Georgia, simply because lots of the fans and supporters out there are so avid and faithful, singing my songs along with me. I’ve been there several times and each time I go back, it’s like seeing old friends… That’s unbelievable to me and very humbling every single time.


Scott:  Other than music what other things do you enjoy doing?

MikelyRik: I’m almost always doing something music related. Rehearsing, writing, typing up plans, thoughts, ideas… And when I’m not, I like to try to spend as much time with my family and close friends as possible. I’m into all kinds of philosophical books, meditation, health & fitness, random genres of movies and comic book world related stuff… including collecting action figures. Boring right?


Scott: I’ve known you to perform a few times at Rockbottom club in Mumbai, Will we be seeing you back there soon?

MikelyRik: I’ve performed a a few different Rockbottom clubs, the one in Dubai was definitely memorable but so was the one in Abu Dhabi! I’m always open to heading back to venues I’ve already played. The familiarity of returning is so very captivating to me!


Scott: You love your fashion, Whats the most expensive thing you bought?

MikelyRik: Actually man, some of the most expensive pieces I’ve worn, were rented or for promotional use lol just keeping it real! I spend a lot on clothes, but not as much as one would think. I might treat myself to something ridiculously expensive once every few months, but I can’t remember the most expensive thing I bought, fashion-wise…

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Scott: Which artists are you loving right now and has made it on your playlist?

MikelyRik: I listen to and am inspired by so many different genres so my playlist ranges from Kid Cudi to Madonna to Radiohead. From Lauryn Hill to Troye Sivan, from Tinie Tempah to Janelle Monae… I’m telling you man, very eclectic.


Scott: What has 2017 got in store for you?

MikelyRik: The fans have been so very supportive, I’m still in shock at my monthly listeners on Spotify. So 2017 already has some scheduled performances in locations that I’m super excited about as well as some new releases and projects that I’ve been working extremely hard on with some very cool and talented people who I know, many will be excited about! Just stay tuned to my website and my social media for updates!

 

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Jinkx Monsoon Interview By Scott McGlynn

Winner of Season 5 RuPaul’s Drag Race Jinkx Monsoon exclusive Interview

By Scott McGlynn 

We talked about RuPaul, Bullying and Future plans. 

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Scott McGlynn: When did you realise you wanted to do drag?

Jinkx Monsoon: I knew from a very early age that there was something that made me different from other little boys…

I remember stealing pieces of my mom`s wardrobe; Halloween costume pieces, lingerie, makeup, accessories etc…. I would sneak these things our of her room and wait till everyone was asleep, then I would get up in the middle of the night to dress up and see what I looked like. When I saw my first drag show at age 14, I knew it wasn’t gonna be long before I was doing it myself… and it wasn’t! I started doing drag legitimately at age 15!

SM: You were AMAZING on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” how was the hole experience for you?

JM: Thank you! You wanna know about my “hole experience?”

HAHA! My whole experience on drag race was surreal. I mean I can look back on those filming days and I remember details as though it happened last week!

Overall the experience was nerve wracking! It truly is the Olympics of drag… actually its more like, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire… You know? The Tri-wizard cup and all that? It was like, every day someone could be taken by mermaids or swallowed whole in a hedge maze and you just had to keep chugging along.

SM: To top it off you won season 5!

How’s your life been since winning the show?

JM: Life has been worth living Scott. Ha ha.

No, honestly I worked my ass off before drag race and working my ass off now…

The only difference is I do it on a global scale now instead of a “local scale.” To have a career in this business, It’s not just about notoriety, Attitude, work ethic, commitment, and passion are what make you successful in this field… And going on TV helps!

SM: Your album “The Inevitable Album” a HUGE hit!

Have you got any plans for another?

JM: Thank you so much! “The Inevitable Album” was a passion project between me and my music partner, Major Scales. Major and I have been working together for almost 8 years now, so WELL before drag race happened for me. He is a brilliant composer, and amazing partner to have on stage, and beyond all of that, one of my best friends. He is gracious enough to share his original music with me and let me be the voice that brings it to the forefront. I LOVE the Bette Midler/Barry Manilow vibe we have generated together and its a blessing to have him on my team.

We ARE working on a  second album. Whereas the first one was quite distinctly a cabaret influenced, jazzy, torch song album- this next one is going to be much more Rock and Ska influenced with a  bit of a 90s garage band throwback sound to it.

It is going to be almost entirely original music by Major and Myself, we are working on some wonderful collaborations and guest features on the album, and its going to be called “The Ginger Snapped.” Everyone at Monsoon Enterprises is VERY excited about this project.

SM: What advice would you give to someone starting drag?

JM: Everything you need to know is on YouTube. If you have a question about how to do something and can’t find someone in your neck of the woods to teach you, YouTube is your friend.

Beyond that drag is a community thing, It is very much an experience to be shared with friends, I don’t make any decisions on new looks, new numbers, or new projects without consulting my beat friends who I trust and have a mutual respect for. No one is good at EVERYTHING.

Drag is about playing to your own strengths (and having others help you mask your weaknesses. ha ha)

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SM: Has suffering from narcloepsy effected your work in the past? 

JM: It is an obstacle that I have to overcome, But it doesn’t stop me in any way. I was just in rehearsal today where I had to take a little nap just so that I could get through the evening schedule… So it can be frustrating and it can prove challenging, But it’s nothing I can’t handle. I’ve suffered from my symptoms since I was 17, so I have a pretty good handle on them now at 29. OH GOD!

SM: How do you manage, Do you have any secret remedies? 

JM: You know, its just all about listening to your body. But that goes for anything! I am a very privileged person in the fact that I get to set my own schedule to some degree, and I am in a position of power within my career, so I am able to shape my data round what I need to be my best.

When I was working muggle jobs and trying to fit into the real world, I just had to power through. I was taking Guarana supplements just to keep me wired and awake throughout the day… only to later find that that self treatment was exacerbating my symptoms. So my best advice is- talk to a doctor and be %100 honest with them.

 

SM: Earlier this year I brought out my first ever book my memoir called “OUT” dealing with my sexuality from age 11 and getting bullied throughout school and work, Now i’m working on a show to meet people of all ages getting bullied to help them, And help people needing advice coming out.

How was your coming out experience?

JM: I had a very privileged coming out experience I was born and raised in a very progressive liberal city (Portland, OR) and my family made it very clear to me that there was nothing I could do to make them stop loving me.

Not every kid gets that… not every kid has a family that would accept them for deviating from the norm in that way. It makes me extremely sad and frustrated, because I know it is our society telling families that they can’t love their queer kids not the families themselves.

People get indoctrinated by societal sheep mentality and they forget to love unconditionally… It breaks my heart. Which is why I have always tried to pay it forward. I was so blessed by having such a supportive family and community, that I have committed much of my life to being an advocate for queer rights and have tried to spread a message of love to anyone who will hear it.

 

SM: Have you EXPERIENCED bullying in school or work life? 

JM: Absolutely!! I mean not to the extend of some of the queer bullying horror stories you hear… but I was harassed and tormented in high school not only for my sexuality but also my gender presentation.

Being queer and expressing yourself outside of the gender binary, While within the American public school system it’s ROUGH! Their’s no way around that.

It gets better every year… but until the leaders of our country treat queer and trans individuals like unquestioned equals, you can’t expect the bullying in the schools to ever stop completely.

SM: Tell me 3 facts about yourself?

JM:

1. I don’t eat eggs… like cooked eggs by themselves? Scrambled, sunny side up, omelet…. none of it! I just can’t stomach them.

2. I have a bit of scent fetish. A guy can win me over with his smell.

3. When I am REALLY hooked on a video game, I have dreams about it. I was just having dreams about “Overwatch” because I am separated from my PS4 currently.

SM: Tell me 3 things you can not live without? 

JM:

-Bubble Baths

-Video Games

-Red Hair Dye

SM: What can we expect from the FABULOUS Jinkx Monsoon in 2016 / 2017?  

JM: My new album will be coming out in the spring/summer of 2017.

I continue to work on creating new materiel and original shows, so that I may continue to globe trot around bringing my original work to any country that’ll take me in.

OH! and I have talked with a very good friend of mine an AMAZING author Sam Lansky, who has just published his first memoir “The Gilded Razor,” which is already getting huge acclaim… Sam and I spoke briefly about collaborating to write my own memoir. Writing a book about my crazy upbringing and telling my story form my own perspective has been an idea of mine for sometime. But I don’t claim to be as skilled a writer as I am a performer… so with Sam’s help, Hopefully this dream can become a reality!

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Matt Moseley Interview By Scott McGlynn

Talent guy Matt Moseley has been featured in Sai music video “We Are Your Children” I caught up with him to find out more and future plans for the rising star… 

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Scott: When was the moment you first realised you wanted to be a singer / performer? 

Matt: I kind of just grew up around it all. I’ve been dancing since I could walk, and watched my sister grow up in the music industry, so it just made sense. Performing is one of the most thrilling experiences ever, the rush you get from being on stage is unlike any. 

 

SM: Tell us 3 facts about yourself that we don’t know?

MM: I love playing video games, I am a huge fan of boxing/kick boxing, and  acting is probably one of my favourite things to do! I love stepping into a character or someone else’s shoes to be someone different. 

 

SM: Tell me how was your experience with Sia on “We Are Your Children” video? 

MM: She was so very cool the whole time. You would think, as an outsider, that she’s not involved, and the label/management handles everything, but she was really involved in the whole thing, top to bottom. She helped us pick out clothes that fit each of our personalities & was comfortable for us. She was singing live when we were filming certain scenes, she just wanted to be involved, and that’s really cool to see coming from an established artist that way. 

 

SM: Tell us your highlight of your career so far? 

MM: Probably all the Lythgoe Family productions I’ve done. I’ve had the opportunity to perform along side huge celebrities like Ariana Grande, Sabrina Carpenter, Jordan Fisher, Olivia Holt, Ashlee Argota, the list goes on & on, and I got to perform next to these true performers, night after night for 3 months at a time, each year. Such a crazy experience. Runner up would be all the studio time I’ve been putting in. I love creating music. 

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SM: Whats next for you? Anything you really like to do? 

MM: Right now, I’m working on what my original music will sound like. Each artist has a period of time where they’re figuring out, not only what they like to create, but what makes sense, what’s marketable, so right now, we’re working on what that is for me. I’m also a big fan of dancing, you can catch me at one of the studios any night of the week, usually from 2-5 hours. 

 

SM: Being in the public eye we get so many rumours, anything you heard which is not true you like to clear up? 

MM: Nothing crazy yet. Unfortunately, when people have more time than anything else, they’re likely to spread rumours, or start with someone, and when they see someone they’re threatened by or jealous of, they’re quick to try to attack/affect that person.. luckily, nothing really bothers me HAHA. I do what I do, because I love it. 

 

SM: Will you be visiting the UK anytime soon?

MM: I’m hoping so! There are so many places I want to travel to. Keep supporting & I’ll be over there even sooner! 

 

SM: Your Fans love you on social media, Is there an exclusive you can give us for them on here? 

MM: Thank you guys so much for all the support, means the world to me. Stay tuned for new stuff coming soon.

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Mason Noise Interview By Scott McGlynn

Scott: We all know you from last years X-Factor, How’s life been since then?

Mason: It’s been one hell of a ride. And more than anything a massive learning curve. For me to learn more about myself as a person and who I want to be as an artist. But it is true what they say. It does change your reality drastically.

 

SM: What’s the most difficult thing being on a big show like the X-Factor? 

MN: When you watch the show you don’t realise how gruelling the routine is to get the show the way it looks when you sit down on a Saturday and Sunday to watch it.

The lack of sleep and food. The constant camera takes. The singing lessons the dance rehearsals. It’s a test of mental strength more than anything.

 

SM: What you thinking so far of this years XF? Anyone caught your eye yet?

MN: I think there are some talented people on the show. But I also believe there are some people on the show who don’t deserve to be there and have taken the place of worthy people. This was the reason I dropped the mic when I did. The X-Factor should not be the entertainment factor at the expense of people’s lives.

 

SM: Any advice would you give for judges houses / live shows?

MN: Sleep. LOTS. Eat right. Stay mentally focused and healthy.

Nothing is worth sacrificing your bodily needs. The rest will follow. But also have the most fun you have ever had and live in the moment. It’s over very fast.

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SM: You brought out some music a few years ago, are you working on anything new right now?

MN: My new single Heat has just been release on YouTube and will be on iTunes later this month (October).

Check it out here.. HEAT

SM: We met briefly at the Joshua Kane fashion show earlier this year, We know you love your fashion, Whats your Top 3 designers and Top 3 places to shop?

MN: Designers would be…

+ Haider Ackerman

+ Mike Amiri

+ Off white

Top places to shop. I find boutiques online and on Instagram where I think you can get the most individual items

 

SM: What was your first CD your bought? 

 MN: Black Eyed Peas  – Where is the love

 

SM: Who did you grow up listening to? Who inspired you to be a singer / performer?

MN: I’m lucky that I had such a diverse influence from bob Marley to Eric Clapton to MJ. But Pharrell and the Neptunes movement really made me want to start producing and writing.

 

SM: I brought out my first book called “OUT” its my true life story, about getting bullied for who i am, and how i over come it, Did you ever suffer from bullying in school or in any environment? 

MN: Yes I was bullied in school. But I really think that it stems from the other persons fear of being accepted. And not the victims.

You are a beautiful  individual and someone has taken notice of that.

 

SM: We all know you speak your mind and I love you for that! Recently people have been questioning your sexuality from the “Gay Times Magazine” feature.

I love that you took to social media saying it doesn’t matter who i am, it don’t change you as a person at all! Being a gay guy myself and been turned away from jobs for being gay! 

It don’t matter if your straight, bi, gay you are who you are! Is there anything you like to comment on here about it?

MN: Who we chose to love is nobodies concern but our own. It is our lives we are here to experience.

If everyone on this planet was really true to themselves and didn’t conform with the standards society and religion set. Didn’t worry and judge other people on standards they have failed to meet in themselves. The world would be in a different dimension.

 

SM: What is next for Mason? Any projects coming up you can tell us about…

MN: I have my single HEAT. I have an EP in the spring/summer.

I have an exciting school tour about all of these subjects funnily enough. So exciting times are ahead!

 

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Leah West Interview With Scott McGlynn

Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Leah West exclusive interview with myself Scott McGlynn we talked

People’s Choice Awards, New Music, Motherhood and much more…

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Scott: Tell us a bit about yourself, Leah? 

LW: Hmm, let’s see… where to start? I was born in New Jersey. My grandparents are all immigrants from Europe. I grew up near New York City, which is a huge melting pot of cultures from around the world.  I had a great childhood and I come from a very loving family. I’ve lived all over and have traveled quite a bit. I moved to Canada in 2005 and finally obtained my Canadian citizenship in 2014. I’m a singer-songwriter, and also an actress (SAG & AFTRA and attended Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in New York City) and a painter (oil and acrylic on canvas). It can be a little funny and confusing when I tell people that I majored in Neuroscience with a minor in Nutrition in University. I released my first album in 2009 and was astonished to have been nominated for several awards. My second album was released in 2012 and that has the song “Guardian Angel” on it, which is extremely popular across the world. I have had literally thousands of people from many countries sing my song for various special events. For both albums I worked with producer and very talented multi-instrumentalist Marty Rifkin. I give him a lot of credit for being the key to the success of my songs.

 

Scott: In 2011 you won the BCIMA People’s Choice Award. That’s amazing! What was your reaction like from being nominated to winning?

LW: I was nominated for 4 awards that year. I had heard that there were around 700 artists that had applied for the various awards that I was nominated for. So, just being nominated as one of the final three artists was already a HUGE honor. On the evening of the award show, it was getting towards the end of the night and all three other awards had already been announced and I lost every time. So, at this point, I was not expecting my name to be called when the “People’s Choice Award” came up. When they said my name as the winner, I remember my husband squeezed my leg so tightly. He was so proud and I couldn’t believe it! A rush of energy went through my body. I was elated and people were applauding like crazy and some even gave me a standing ovation. It was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. What was so special about that award, was that the public, my peers, about 12,000 people to be exact, had voted for me. I won by the thousands of votes from the listeners and the consumers of music, not a panel of judges. My fans made me the winner than evening and for that, I am forever grateful.

 

Scott: When was the moment you knew you were going to be a singer / writer / performer?

LW: I’m not sure that there was a particular moment per se. It just seemed like my life, from infancy, was telling me to go in this direction. There are lots of videos that my mother took of me as a toddler singing nonstop. I started to write songs when I was about 8 or 9 years old. I took piano lessons and I had a love for poetry at a very young age. I loved the imagery you could create with words. As a teenager, I had two boyfriends who were both musicians. One was in a band who introduced me to lots of obscure bands and music I had never heard of before, and the other was a solo artist who later joined his brothers in a band. The latter was also the son of a famous songwriter. I was fascinated that you could make a living writing songs and playing music. Growing up near New York City was a major influence, as well. I had the luxury of growing up seeing Broadway shows and attending some of the biggest concerts in the world as a young girl. I had and still have lots of other interests, but when I was around 19, I really began to ask myself what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I kept coming back to the arts and music. I’ve always had a talent for them and it wasn’t just something I was good at or was interested in, it was the only thing I was ever passionate about. To live my life any other way would have been fraudulent to my soul. I would have been living a lie and I couldn’t live like that. The hardest part about this path I’ve chosen is not the music or the art itself, because I’ve always been able to keep inspired, the hard part for me has always been making a living doing what I love. The financial side of doing music can be painful and deflating, but I keep at it because I love it and I know it’s what I’m meant to do with my short time here on earth, and life goes fast!

 

Scott: I personally love “Beyond Words” I know it’s hard to choose, but what’s your favorite song that you’ve recorded so far?

LW: Probably a song called “Hunger”, coming out on my new album in 2017. I knew when I wrote it that it had something special. And my producer Marty Rifkin blew me away with his most stunning production to date. We also had Bob Malone play piano and Teresa James and Randy Newman sing back-up vocals. It’s a romantic and sexy song with a strong beat and swirly, dreamy instrumentation. I can’t stop listening to it and I can’t wait to release it and share it with my fans next year. I’m already working on the logistics of a music video for it.

 

Scott: If you could choose to duet with anyone who would it be? And why? 

LW: Oh, too many to name! My love for music crosses many styles and genres. I have a long list of people I’d love to perform, sing, write, and work with. There are a lot of talented people out there whom I admire.

 

Scott: Will you be touring the UK anytime soon? 

LW: I would LOVE to come back to the UK. I’ve never toured there, but I have visited multiple times. I hope that as my fan-base grows, the future will open up more opportunities to play around the globe. I love not only writing and recording, but performing. It’s where you really get to connect with your fans. It’s where all your hard work comes to fruition. I know that the music industry is not what it used to be, but there are still successful artists out there and I would love to work with a label or manager that could invest and steer my career in the right direction. It’s not easy to do most everything on your own, which is what I’ve been doing since the beginning. I have been approached several times over the years, but the offers never seemed to be the right ones. I’d love to work with a highly professional team, if the right one comes along.

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Scott: Congratulations on your baby news! Do you know if it’s a girl or boy? And any names?

LW: In late May, I discovered that I was pregnant. I almost fell off my chair when my doctor called me to let me know. I couldn’t believe it. Becoming pregnant was something that had not come easy for me. I had been trying for years and had almost given up. So even then, I was hesitant to announce it publicly, because of the many failures and miscarriages I had had over the past few years. It has been secretly very painful for me to go through. Many tears were shed. No one I knew amongst my friends or family seemed to have the same difficulty, so I felt very alone. But this time was apparently very different. The baby kept growing and we kept hearing a strong heartbeat with every doctor’s visit. So in early August, at almost 16 weeks, well into my second trimester, I finally announced publicly that I was pregnant. Then, on August 30th, I announced that we were expecting a little boy. Actually, according to two ultrasounds, he’s apparently a very big boy! Top of the size-charts both times. The good news is that I don’t have gestational diabetes. I was so afraid I had it because of his size and because my grandmother had diabetes, but I lucked out! He’s just big and healthy. What every mother wants to hear. I posted his ultrasound video on my Facebook page. It’s a new 4-D technology and utterly amazing to see. He already has a whole life going on inside of me that without this technology, I would be completely unaware of. Well, aside from the fact that he’s kicking me all the time. He’s a very active baby. And yes, we do have a name picked out, but that is the one thing that we are going to leave as a surprise until his birth, which is expected to be around January 20th 2017. It was so emotional and cute to see him swimming around, sucking his thumb, smiling. Babies are born with all their emotions and feelings intact. I absolutely believe that. I read a great book called “Pre-Parenting” by Thomas R. Verny, M.D. He gives so much proof about how much babies retain from their lives in the womb and how it shapes who they will become. How the environment I create in the womb can turn on or off certain genes. It’s utterly fascinating. What amazes me most is how a whole person can be made from a couple of cells in just a few months. How does an eyeball know where to grow, how do all the nerves know where to go, and organs in all the right places, and billions of brain cells synapses are already happening, and why don’t we have arms coming out of our backs?! Everything has a timing, a purpose, a mission, a place, and then voila, a person is created. There is an indescribable beauty and intelligence to it all. It’s a universe within a universe. It’s almost too much to comprehend, yet it happens every day. There are trillions of beings across all species occupying the world today and this miracle of life and the birthing process is happening all over the planet. Once I became pregnant and really became a part of it, it’s hard for me not to believe in miracles. There is definitely something greater at work.

 

Scott: Have you ever thought of vlogging your journey in music and motherhood? Sharing your world to your fans?

LW: I have thought about it, but I’m always conflicted with that. First of all, just in doing so requires an enormous amount of time. I’m not a superstar with a crew that can follow me around with cameras and then take hours upon hours to edit videos. At this point, it would be just me doing all that. I don’t have the time or energy right now, but part of me thinks that would be a lot of fun and a great way for people to connect and to get insight into my life. However, another part of me longs for privacy, so it’s about finding the right balance between letting people in and giving myself the peace and space to be alone. Social media junkies subject themselves to constantly being inundated with opinions and noise from the outside world. I’m too sensitive of a person for that. Balance is everything for me. So is surrounding myself with good-hearted and honest people. People I know and trust. I’m lucky to have a great family and have built wonderful close friendships over the years. I need both interaction at times and other times I need my solitude. I’m most creative when it’s quiet and I’m alone. I’ve been pretty active on social media since about 2008, so I think I do a fairly good job at remaining accessible to fans, while also maintaining a private life and my own sanity in what can be a very chaotic and sometimes cruel world. I don’t even tolerate mean people anymore, I just hit the block button. Life’s too short for mean people. Another thing I have to constantly consider is my family and friends. My husband, my brother, and my sister in particular, are very private people, so I have to respect their wishes when it comes to sharing moments of my life publicly, too.

 

Scott: Finally, What’s next for Leah? 

LW: Well, I have had to put most of my music and work endeavors on hold during this pregnancy. I wasn’t expecting that, but I was severely ill with pregnancy nausea and vomiting for the first few months and now I have pregnancy-related acid reflux. The two have taken a toll on my vocal chords, so singing and performing have been out of the question. The good news is that everyone tells me my voice will heal and should return after the baby is born. The downtime has allowed me to focus on family, friends and preparing for my little man’s arrival. I have a new album already written and mostly recorded, which I hope to release around autumn 2017. My goal is to release a French version of this album at the same time. It’s a big undertaking, but it’s something I feel ready for and very much compelled to do. I’m becoming a mother for the first time, so I don’t yet know how I’ll feel after the baby is born. Hopefully there are no complications either. There are a lot of variables in the coming months that could change plans in a heartbeat, so it’s hard to say what will be realistic, but my intention is to release my third English album and my first French album by the end of next year. We’ll see!

 

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