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Today we’d like to introduce you to Leah Colon.

Hi Leah, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Hello! My name is Leah Colon and I’m a soul/pop singer-songwriter based out of Nashville, TN. I’m originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and moved to Nashville in 2016 to attend Belmont University. I studied music at Belmont and began recording and releasing my songs in February 2020.

As a *pandemic* artist, my career began with my first single released one month prior to COVID-19 hitting the US.

Starting a career in the midst of this immense change has been tough to navigate at times, and I’ve found the “right path” or “best way to do things” doesn’t exist. I’m forging my own way and following what feels natural and authentic in my journey. Since February 2020, I have released 4 singles and one EP.

I’ve played shows around Nashville and will be embarking on my first tour outside of the city this July 2022. When I start to overthink the pursuit of my musical career, there are two sure-fire cures I come back to writing and performing.

I have yet to find a feeling as transcendent as finishing a song, finding the perfect chorus, falling into a captivating melody, and then having the opportunity to share that sound with listeners. I’m in love with music and its endless possibilities, and every day I get to share that joy with others is so seriously insanely beautiful.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
As mentioned earlier, a great struggle has been the pandemic. I spent my four years of college planning and prepping the perfect journey into my post-grad musical career. As life typically loves to do, the plan I had formed was completely altered.

In addition to the COVID hardships, finding confidence and grounding in myself has been a constant challenge. In creative careers, a massive temptation to compare often tries to plant itself in our hearts.

When I find myself watering that desire, I bring awareness to the situation and do my best to remember the gift of music and turn that comparison into thankfulness. I work on this truth every day – by no means have I mastered the art – and have been centering my life, career, music, and soul around liberation lately.

Chasing freedom!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I’m a soul/pop singer-songwriter! I love writing and performing more than anything in the world. I am careful to craft my melody and harmony with the utmost care to create inventive yet classic sounds. I believe my sound is a direct representation of my soul and therefore holds a good bit of uniquely Leah qualities.

My lyrics tend to focus on the authenticity of life – unafraid to address heartache, some drama, bits of sass, and honest opinions. I am extremely proud of My First EP (I also love this title SO much.

I went back and forth on many titles until I got a headache and figured the stress could not be worth that much – thus My First EP was born.) that was just released in April 2022. This collection of songs sat with me for about a year and a half as I worked to release, promote, and record everything as a fully independent artist.

My musical career is a full-time job that I currently work for very little pay. I work two other jobs to help fund my music until my songs and touring start to pay for themselves. Until then, I wouldn’t have this life any other way.

Do you have any advice for those just starting out?
I am constantly seeking advice from those around me, and I plan to never stop doing so. The people around us have so much experience and for the most part, are usually flattered to share their journeys.

I try to meet and connect with people I admire all the time! My best advice is to not be afraid to tell someone you look up to that you think they’re awesome and would love to pick their brain for a bit. I find all my best ideas, motivation, and confidence in the people around me.

I also practice, write and find new challenges within my craft all the time. I would hardly call myself an expert in anything and honesty hope to never hold that title. I plan to study and keep an open mind in music, wiring, and life in general forever!

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