Editor: Could you tell us a bit about yourself and how you entered the music industry?
Heavyn Leigh: I’m a self-taught pop/folk musician. I have been singing since I was 8 years old. In the 4th grade, I asked my mom if I could audition for the talent show and she said no. So I forged her signature and auctioned without her permission. I made it in and won the talent show and that’s when my family realized it was a true talent and that’s when I realized it was my dream to perform in front of millions.
Editor: Tell us about your achievements as a musician?
Heavyn: I would say stay true to who I am and growing through all of my troubles and somehow always keep music as my #1. My best musical achievement would be my video going viral when I was a Junior in high school. I’ve now been out of high school for 4 years, and it’s STILL a viral video. It’s so cool to look back and see what a baby I was and how much my voice has grown since then to now!
Editor: Tell us about your songs which have been released until date. Is there a song you feel most proud of?
Heavyn: I am releasing my first EP in November 2019!
Editor: If you weren’t a singer/musician, what would you be doing right now?
Heavyn: I would be a casting director for movies!
Editor: Where did you get that confidence to perform on stage?
Heavyn: I definitely get my enthusiasm and love for attention from my father. He is very theatrical and can talk to ANYONE. I get my confidence from years of reassurance from my close family and friends that this is the best career path for me.
Editor: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Heavyn: Playing shows on the tour, meeting fans and writing/ finishing my second album.
Editor: What is your dream project?
Heavyn: I have a concept album that hasn’t been completely written yet about going from childhood, through teenage troubles to accepting the adult I’m becoming. It goes through relationships with boyfriends, to family, to friends and really showcases my mental state through each layer of life.
Editor: What would you like people to take away from your music?
Heavyn: I want someone who needs to feel to be able to use my music to channel whatever feeling they need to capture.
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What a difference a year can make. ✨ I am so grateful to be in the place mentally I am today. The first picture was taken while I was in the process of leaving a very abusive man.. I had the friends and support I needed for that particularly hard time in my life.. and while it’s been a hectic year, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I went from hating who I was, being in an emotionally and physically, exhausting and abusive relationship and literally only owning a BED SIDE TABLE for furniture and moving STATES to get away.. to finding myself though my self hatred and learning to appreciate all my body has done for me to keep me here and healthy today. I’m in a LOVING relationship with someone that not only treats me with respect but has never even raised his voice at me and moved into my first home with him.. (which has been nothing shy of amazing) it’s been an insane 365 days but I’m back from my detour and I’ve been setting myself up for success for this next year. I mean look at that GENUINE SMILE. It. Will. Be. MY. year. If you or someone you know are in an abusive relationship-male, female doesn’t matter- please call 1(800)799-7233 .. for Spanish please call 1(800)787-3224 .. The domestic abuse hotline for guidance and for your voice to be heard. You matter and deserve more. And you are not alone or stuck. ✨ today is your day too.✨ To my new influx of followers, hello. I appreciate every single one of you. Your kind words and encouragement too! As an advocate for helping end domestic violence. Please, feel free to reach out to me if you are in need of some comfort.
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Editor: Which Artists Instagram Stories do you follow and why?
Heavyn: I keep up with Ross Lynch quite a bit. I love his band The Driver Era and his style. He inspires me quite a bit.
Editor: Any upcoming album or song release you want to share with us?
Heavyn: Look out for November 2019!
Editor: Who were your inspirations growing up?
Heavyn: Natasha Beddingfield and The Dixie Chicks. I love strong women who stand for what they believe in and enjoy and love their music and fans!
Editor: Are you into songwriting? What are your main impulses to write about music?
Heavyn: Yes. Sadness and anger are the driving emotions that help me when I pick up my guitar or sit at a piano to write. It’s very hard for me to write happy songs, but I’ve gotten significantly better at it!
Editor: Is there any particular advice you would give to up-and-coming vocalists?
Heavyn: There is no “set timeline” as to what you should accomplish by what time. You are in your own spiritual path and you should always follow what your heart tells you. Listen to your gut and ALWAYS READ YOUR MUSIC CONTRACTS!
Editor: What is your opinion about One Song? Do you think it’s a valuable platform for the career growth of musicians like you?
Heavyn: Yes! I think it gives not only up and coming artists a platform to tell people who they are, but it’s great for people to branch out and helps them FIND new music away from the radio. I’m always looking for new music and this magazine will help with that IMMENSELY.
Thank you guys so much for the opportunity!
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