Artist: Leah Blevins
Hometown: Sandy Hook, Kentucky
Latest Album: First Time Feeling
Which artist has influenced you most & how?
The first time hearing Stevie Nicks was at the ripe age of 11. The inflection and mystery of her essence molded me from the moment I heard her voice. That furthered when I saw how she wore clothes. The record was Trouble in Shangri-La and it still hits me on a deep emotional level.
What’s your favorite memory from being on stage?
My favorite memories that come to mind are the moments that I’m singing with my family. We’ve sung from stages to living rooms, to share the spirit. There’s nothing more special than family harmony.
If you had to write a mission statement for your career, what would it be?
My daily mission in life is to spread love. “Be kind to yourself, be kind to others.”
Since food and music go so well together, what is your dream pairing of a meal and musician?
The pairing of musician a meal would be soup beans, wieners, kraut and cornbread with my momma singing and playing the piano. Comfort food in every sense of the expression.
What was the first moment that you knew you wanted to be a musician?
When I heard Martina McBride on GAC, singing “A Broken Wing.” I’d pull out my dads video camera and perform that song with my best efforts. When you grow up around a family of singers and players — it’s a natural pull to want to do the same. I’m not sure if my 7-year-old brain had an epiphany or I just desperately wanted to mimic her voice.
Photo credit: Robby Klein
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