Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter David Leonard talks with TMI about releasing his solo album
Hey David!! You’ve been busy with music recently. Can you tell us what you’ve been up to?
Over the last couple of years, I’ve been running a studio with two of my best friends, Brad King and Seth Talley. I’ve been writing a lot of music for a lot of different artists and producing a lot of records.
How did you get started in the music business?
I got started in the music business when I had a high school band. Some buddies were playing music, I saw them playing, and I fell in love with it. I didn’t really grow up playing instruments or anything, I was just a singer. I bought a guitar, started teaching myself, and just started rolling from there.
What inspired you to start releasing your own music?
I think I was just at the point of life where it felt like I had something to say. In music nowadays, if you don’t have anything to say, then it’s kind of tough. You have to figure out who you write songs for and who you create them for. I felt like my family walked through some hard times and I created a lot of songs out of it. It just felt like it was time to tell the story.
How would you describe your musical style as an artist?
My musical style is that I’m just moved by music. I’m moving and flowing in different genres all the time. I’m just a lover of all music.
What artists do you look up to right now?
Right now, I love Jacob Banks. I’m a huge fan of that guy. I went and saw him at Exit/In in Nashville a couple weeks ago and I just love what he’s doing.
Your solo album is now out!! How excited are you for the world to hear your new music?
I’m really excited for the world to hear this record. It’s been one that we’ve been dreaming about for a little bit and it’s finally here! We’ve been done with it for probably six or seven months now, so it’s really amazing to finally get it out. We’re pumped for the world to hear it!
Album link: https://davidleonard.lnk.to/
What was it like working on your own album?
We had a blast making the record! It was just me and all my friends. We gathered together, and we would create and laugh and cry. It was just a beautiful time of making music.
Would you say releasing this album is your biggest accomplishment in your career?
I would say that every moment that you get to release something is the biggest moment in your career at the time. I’m just still thankful that I get to create music and write and record. I’m blown away that this is actually a job.
Are there any other fun projects in the works you can tell us about?
I’ve been working on a lot of fun projects with a lot of cool artists. I don’t know if I can tell you about any of them yet!
How do you want your relationship to be with your fans?
I love hearing from them! It’s been one of the coolest things getting to hear stories from people already connecting with the songs. I’ve been blown away. The music doesn’t exist without the people listening to it. That connection to me is so key and I love what the fans bring to it.
What social media platform do you use most to stay connected to your fans?
I mostly use Instagram to stay up to date with what’s going on. I’m definitely a visual person and so I love it.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years in your career and personal life?
I’ve got no clue where I’m going to be in 5 years! I’m thankful that I’m still doing it now and I hope I’m still doing it then. Who knows, the sky’s the limit!
Any last things you want to tell your supporters?
Go check out the record! We’re really proud of it and it’s something really special to us. I think you can find something really beautiful in it. Go check it out!
Thank you again for doing this interview with us 🙂