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INTERVIEW: Leandra McNair

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Hi Leandra, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Hey! I’m doing really well! I have been in Europe for the past month performing at a jazz club in Copenhagen. Now I’m in Paris writing my next album with my producer Ken Linh Doky.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single ” U I wanna C “?

Sure! In my mind U I wanna C is a timeless anthem for people of all ages and genders. The lyrics and melody came to me really organically. Once I heard the beat I heard the song almost immediately. 

Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?

I wrote “U I wanna C” at a time in my life when it seemed like everything was going right in my life. I had just gotten to Copenhagen and I was right in the middle of having successful performances night after night where the crowd would leave the club so happy! In addition to that I had a really good vibe going with my team and my producer. We were writing and completing a new song almost every day. So I would say the birth of “U I wanna C” was a combination of all that creativity and positivity.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

I will definitely be releasing a video for the single! I have a few working concepts right now but I’m thinking black & white with a city setting. 

The single comes off your new album Lucky – what’s the story behind the title?

I titled my album Lucky because I appreciate everything that God and the Universe have done to put me in the position I’m in right now. Traveling the world and sharing my gift of music is a dream come true for me. Being able to touch peoples lives with music and love is the most incredible feeling. Not everyone was born with music inside of them. I feel lucky to be born with this gift.

How was the recording and writing process?

The recording and writing process is probably my favorite part of making music. I write most of my songs using the ukulele to find progressions and feel. Then I’ll either arrange the beat myself or bring it to the producer I’m working with.  In my opinion this is the most exciting part of making music, when the song is raw, unadulterated and pure.

When I go into the studio to record I like to try to get loose and be as dramatic as I can to express what the lyrics are really about.

How has Berklee influence you as an artist?

Berklee completely changed my musical life. When I went from Berklee I finally met other people who took music as a career not just a hobby. I met some of the most talented people and made some of my best friends there. Berklee really opened me up as a musician too! I started exploring other genre’s like reggae, new age, and soulful folk music. This helped me grow even more as an artist and I even use these influences in my songwriting today.

What role does Copenhagen plays in your music?

Copenhagen is a happy place for me. Performing in Copenhagen has allowed me to unapologetically be myself on stage and finally let go. I’ve been back to perform there 4 times within the past year so it really is starting to feel like a second home to me. When I’m in Copenhagen I’m super happy because I do music 24/7 whether I’m rehearsing, writing, recording or performing. It’s become a place where I feel really productive and musically fulfilled.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

The inspiration of my music comes from all aspects of my life. Most of my music is about love. Whether it’s the loss of love to the abundance and joy of having love in your life. I love to write about love.

Any plans to hit the road?

I guess you could say I’m currently on the road haha but I would like to set up an official US tour when I get back home to NYC in January. Hopefully I can do an east coast tour  in Summer 2017.

What else is happening next in Leandra McNair’s world?

Well right now I’m in Paris working on my next solo project and my next project with my band Pocketherapy. Once ‘Lucky’ is released I will continue to release new music and content for my fans.

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