D.W.N. reached out to a very talented and inspiring artist by the name of Amy Leo. She has an eclectic sound to her musical landscape with influences ranging from Sam Cooke to Janis Joplin. Initially after hearing her music the first thought that came to mind was, “How would I classify her sound?” Artists who draw from various genres of music seem to be hard to come by; I believe there is a certain innate power in the inability to put music in a box. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Amy on this interview, and hope you all find the same beauty and inspiration in her music as I have. Amy’s style and sound are well polished and ultimately a refreshing escape from some of the music currently suffocating the airwaves. I encourage to you to take a few minutes to learn about this aspiring artist and walk away feeling refreshed. Amy Leo will be a household name; remember where you heard it first!! D.W.N. (listen to some of her music after the interview)
1. Who is Amy Leo?
I’m a 23 year old singer-songwriter and music mentor. I’m a Millennial, in the sense that I’ve come of age in a world where the only constant is change. I’ve seen first-hand how technology has revolutionized the way people connect, yet social unrest has created a tremendous disconnect. I’ve been inspired to empower people and celebrate community, individual growth, and love through my music and my businesses.
2. What made you pursue music as a career?
When I was five, I got my first karaoke machine, and I knew immediately that I wanted to do this. Music was my very first love. There is something so visceral and pure that occurs during the creative process. Transforming your ideas into a work of art is magical. My music is a unique expression of my personality that I’ve nurtured and it has evolved with me over time.
3. How would you describe your musical style?
“Soul with a Pop/Rock twist”
4. Who are some of your musical influences, and why?
Wow this is a tough question; I’m a fan of so many diverse artists. TLC was my favorite group growing up. I actually used to draw a line under my left eye with my mom’s eyeliner and had my hair cut like T-Boz when I was in 3rd grade! Let’s see…Sam Cooke, Janis Joplin, Rob Thomas, Cat Stevens, Elton John, and P!nk for the spine-tingling passion and depth portrayed throughout many of their songs. The Beatles for their lyrical and musical genius, 2pac for providing insight into a world I had no experience of growing up and for making me more aware of the variety of struggles people face in our country, and Beyoncé for her incredible talent and networking abilities.
5. How would you “classify” your music?
I envision my music encompassing lyrical meaning that is often scarce in the current pop music scene with the musical composition of the modern day.
6. What projects are you currently working?
I am heading back to NYC in mid-December where I will perform more regularly and record new songs with producers (new and old). I also look forward to collaborating with other artists, particularly Roger Ortega, and meeting people in the business.
7. What can you contribute to the current musical landscape?
My work is candid, introspective, and authentic. I’m adding substance by offering the world an intimate conversation with me in every track I record. I’m also devoted to connecting with and mentoring girls and women, because there’s an urgent need for contemporary female role-models.
8. How do you envision your dream collabo actually going down?
Oh wow…hmm…I imagine one of my musical idols/ influences getting in touch with me to express their interest in working together. It would be such an honor to work with an idol. I am a huge supporter of musical collaborations, I think some of the best songs of all time have resulted from them. For me, working with Rob Thomas would be a dream collabo. He is one of the few artists I know of that sounds as good live as he does on record.
9. Is there anything else the world should know about Amy Leo?
That I am truly making an effort to live out my espoused values of peace, love, empowerment, and community, but that I am only human and will make mistakes along this journey. I encourage those who are making positive changes in their lives, empowering themselves and others, to keep it up! Also, I am always looking meet new people who share similar values or goals. Reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, I want to thank Dream Write Now for allowing me the opportunity to share more about myself and my music with its readers!
“Mind over Matter. Action over Chatter.” This quote encompasses the high value I place on learning, reflection, but above all else—action! This quote sums up what empowerment is to me.
Amy Leo- Jane Doe Soul
Amy Leo- Words (demo version of the song, for a preview of her eclectic style)
Amy Leo- Embracing The Pain (1st recorded song)
Website: scroll over->> www.amyleo.com
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