I love learning about other musicians, especially if they are influenced by Alanis Morissette, Lauryn Hill, Ben Folds, Lykke Li, Robyn, Marina and the Diamonds, La Roux, and 60’s Motown music. The only musician that I know of who’s music is influenced by such a diverse, yet distinct roster of artists is Leah Speckhard.
Leah was born in Washington, D.C. and has lived in 4 countries. Her début album, Pour Out Your Heart Like Water, is full of catchy melodies and lots of love. Speaking of love, Leah also draws musical inspiration from her love life and the complicated nature of romantic relationships.
Her responses to my interview questions are positive & encouraging. Like most of us, she is incredibly busy. I am grateful and really appreciate that she took the time to let me interview her.
MV: What inspired you to pursue a music career?
MV: What are some of the challenges you face in your career?
MV: If you could start your career all over again, what would you differently?
MV: What was your greatest accomplishment in music?
LS: My greatest accomplishment in music was putting out an album by a major label in Greece (Legend) that was distributed online by Warner. Although I’m moving in a different direction now musically, it was an amazing experience to see my songs materialize in the studio and get released publicly.
MV: How do you feel about the future of the music business?
MV: How did you learn to make money from your music?
MV: You and I are both friends with Cari Cole. How has Cari helped you achieve success?
MV: What did you get most out of her ‘Step Up’ course and vocal warm-ups?
LS: Her 52 week program (affiliate link) is amazing, and so helpful to artists looking to “reverse engineer”, as she says, to create success. As I mentioned earlier, one of the hardest parts of trying to make it as an artist is feeling like there’s no clear path to follow. Cari breaks the process down into easily manageable steps and shows her artists how they can step up to become the artists they want to be.
The vocal warm-ups have completely changed my voice. Being a singer is a lot like being an athlete – your voice has to be in shape. I did a semester as a classical voice major in college, and remembered how much bigger my voice had been then. I wasn’t sure how to get back to that place until Cari gave me the warm-ups, which really helped my voice grow and take shape. They’re even better than my college courses, because they’re geared towards a pop artist and help the voice develop in a way that doesn’t sound overly classical.