Hi Leslie, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?
Busy! Since January I have put out 4 singles and have been working on my albums. I’m A Survivor is out this week and my Christmas album, Home For Christmas is right around the corner!
Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Love’s Gonna Do That”?
It’s fun and upbeat tune, but still sends the real message, “love hurts.” It’s my version of “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” wrapped in a lighthearted package.
Did any event in particular inspired you to write this song?
This song was more of a reflection on falling in love. Love is a universal theme. We’ve all experienced the ups and downs of falling for someone. The song is very relatable, but I think the clear message is “love is worth the pain.”
Any plans to release a video for the single?
Yes, in fact we just shot a video this week in downtown LA. I’ve done big video productions, but this time I wanted the video to be easy and relatable like the song. I want it to come across more like a simple home video, so I sang it as I interacted with people around downtown LA. One guy rode up on a bike and asked if he could be in my movie. I said, “what can you do?” He said, “50 pushups.” He dropped and gave us 50 right there!
The single comes off your new album I’m A Survivor – what’s the story behind the title?
Two years ago I was on radio tour across the country, and I started feeling extremely exhausted and headachy. I pushed through until I was home and my husband talked me into going to the doctor. That same day I was hospitalized and told my kidneys had shut down. I was put on dialysis until my brother donated his kidney to me 9 months later. The album marks the two year anniversary of my kidney transplant.
How was the recording and writing process?
It was both emotional and inspiring. The title song, I’m A Survivor has a recurring line, “I never knew I was a fighter. I’m a survivor.” It’s a fight song, and most of the songs on the album carry that same spirit. And I have to say, recording in Nashville at Blackbird is as good as it gets…I was in really good hands creatively.
How did tragedy and hope serve as a source of inspiration for this song?
I started writing I’m A Survivor while I was recovering from surgery and reflecting on the hardest year of my life. I had put my entire career on hold for the second time, lost my dad suddenly while I was dealing with life on dialysis, and had kidney transplant surgery. I thought about the first time I put everything on hold. My daughter had been diagnosed with Leukemia when she was four. I was so inspired by her strength, but I didn’t understand why people were telling me how strong and inspiring I was. This song is a message to others going through very painful times. The message is, “You are stronger than you think, and you’re not alone.”
Where else did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
Every song I write is real mixed with hope. I share real feelings and real situations because I think it’s powerful. But I’m wired to fight back in a positive way, so I aways try to leave it with a glimmer of hope.
Any plans to hit the road?
I travel, but I’ve learned to keep things at home as stable as possible. I was just in DC for a Voice Of America TV spot, and played Vero Beach’s 4th of July Fireworks show. I’m playing the LA, Orange County and Las Vegas kidney walks this Fall.
What else is happening next in Leslie Cours Mather’s world?
Well… between you and me… I am developing a one-woman show. I have been writing it and working with a team on creating a really cool visual experience. The show will be an extension of my music with a powerful and relatable message. I’m also making sure family is always a priority. There’s nothing more important to me than family.
Leslie’s new album, Survivor, is out today!
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