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PostSubject: Leah   Fri Mar 14, 2014 2:01 am

Interviewed by Joshua Becker
3/14/2014

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I see you have been an artist for many years without the help of a record label. Is it by choice you are not signed, or have you not had your "big break"yet?

It is by choice I remain independent. Unless there was a great offer which could accommodate my first career of being a stay-at-home mom, I can’t see myself signing anything. Most labels want a touring artist, which I am not at present. Maybe one day. Never say never.

I see you have become quite a success with social media. How exactly did you get the fans you have now? What I mean to say is how exactly did you market yourself and your music to get to where you are now?

For social media, I've just tried to be consistent. I post every day, or whenever possible. Since I'm not currently touring, I rely on interaction with my fans to spread the word and fan the flame. There's only a few platforms I use, mainly Facebook and YouTube. There isn't much time for more. It's tricky because things constantly change and it seems like you have to learn how to use these platforms all over again every six months. But consistency has helped. And knowing that if the music is good, the cream will rise to the top and people will hear about it. So I have to relax, knowing that after I give 100% in my music and 100% to my fans, that's really all I can do.

What are your hobbies when you are not singing?

When I’m not writing music, I’m usually reading or studying something. Sometimes I get creative in other ways, like sewing, or costume-making (I made my attire for the Otherworld promo photos). I also enjoy just chilling with friends and family.

What do you hope your music will bring to listeners far and wide?

I hope they like my music! I think those who liked the music I made in the past will love my new material. I’m going into deeper waters now Smile 

I also hope it will give people a new “soundtrack” of their lives. That’s what my favorite music does for me. I’m usually playing the same album over and over for a while and it becomes the soundtrack of my life Smile

Do you think that there is a market in your native land for metal, specifically celtic-type metal?

In Canada here, there’s isn't a huge metal scene, as far as I’m aware. There’s a few more metal fans in Vancouver and Toronto, and other smaller cities. Celtic music, yes. I think many people here enjoy Celtic music. So maybe the fusion will open a new door for people here. Luckily, with the internet, it doesn't matter which country listens to what - everyone has a chance to hear one way or another!

How long have you been singing? Did you ever have lessons?
I sort of discovered my voice around age 11 or 12. I did take some vocal lessons in high school, mostly classical. I felt somewhat frustrated with those, since it didn't teach me the power I really wanted in my upper range. It just wasn't the style or technique I was looking for. So I eventually quit. But more recently I have found much better vocal training, through my friend Brett Manning’s program, “Singing Success” which I highly recommend for any style of vocal training. It’s  amazing.

Was singing always a dream of yours?

Yes, I always wanted to be a singer!

Do you have any ties to music in your family?

Yes, my mother’s side is quite musical in their background and she still leads choir at her church. 

In terms of your fans, do you feel you have more fans here in the States, or more so back in your native land of Canada?

It’s hard to say, but yes I probably have a few more fans in the US. I think even more so in Europe and other countries as well. I hope to gain more Canadian fans as I continue to get my music out there.

You mentioned earlier that you were a fan of “Lacuna Coil.” Out of curiosity, how long have you been a fan, and how did you discover them?

I've been listening to Lacuna Coil since their first album! I don’t remember who introduced me to them, but they thought I sounded like her (hmm… what do you think?), so they said, “you need to hear this band!”

They've often been the soundtrack to my life. They've changed and grown over the years, but you know, some bands just stick with you no matter what.

Do you see singing as fun, or do you see it as a creative, emotional therapy?

All of the above. Song writing is “work” in many senses. Sometimes songs just fall out. Other times I have to shed blood and tears to achieve the song I wanted. But I think work is therapy more than we know, especially if the work you’re doing is your passion. I’m very blessed to be able to do this from my home, where I can pursue my passion while keeping my family career #1. Smile

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