Today we are pleased to introduce you to the intriguing soul and pop songstress Le!ghton who just released her second single ‘Big Bad Wolf’. The artist is based in London and much like her influences, ‘Amy Winehouse’, ‘Adele’ and ‘Yebba’ she isn’t afraid of bringing complex and personal matters to the table. Originally classical trained but when Le!ghton moved away from home she started exploring contemporary music as her repetoire and as a result the sound of Le!ghton was born. ‘Big Bad Wolf’ is an exciting tune that investigates conflicts in relationships and the naivety that sometime follows. We were lucky to have a catch up with the singer ans songwriter.
YMX: Hey Le!ghton, how is it going? Some of our readers might not be familiar with your project, how would describe yourself, in a few words?
LE!GHTON: Hey, It’s going good, Just waiting for this lockdown to end and get some normality back in life, I miss gigs and seeing family and friends! Who knew it would last this long aye? Okay so I’m LE!GHTON a singer/songwriter from Birmingham based in London. I am just starting out on my journey having released my debut single back in June 2020 and ‘Big Bad Wolf’ on 19th of Feb 2021. I don’t know why but I always find this question the hardest it’s like I forget everything I know about myself!
YMX: Your current work is the result of a long journey; What first drew you to making music?
LE!GHTON: Well I have always had a passion for singing ever since I was little. Actually my mum has always told me that I could sing before I could talk and she could always tell when I was faking being ill to get out of going to school (not that I ever did that) because the only time I wouldn’t sing was when I was ill. I find it easier to express myself through music which I know is very cliche but writing music gives you time to think about what you are feeling and help process the emotions.
YMX: What would be your dream collaboration?
LE!GHTON: Adele! I love her
YMX: You recently released ‘Big Bad Wolf’. Can you tell us how that project came about?
LE!GHTON: At University we were put into bands for an assignment and we had to write a couple of songs in a short space of time and I had the lyric “home is where the heart is” stuck in my head for ages. We started jamming, it came out and people seemed to liked it (I mean they didn’t have much of a choice, we were on a time limit) so I went with it and then using things that were going on in my life at the time managed to come up with the rest of the chorus. By the time we had finished the song and performed it I realised that it was a good song and I didn’t just want it to be something we wrote at uni that one time. I wanted to release it properly. So 4 years later here we are.
YMX: What inspires your songwriting work?
LE!GHTON: I think it depends. Sometimes I use life and its many obstacles but other times I just randomly think of a sentence that I like and write a song based off of that. Recently I have been using movies and books to inspire me or tv programmes because lockdown has given me writers block.
YMX: We are all missing live music at the moment. Once on the other side, which music venue would you choose for your first gig?
LE!GHTON: Anywhere! I miss gigging so much that I would be happy just to be performing in front of a live audience. I did a few live stream gigs and while it was fun it was also very strange because you don’t get the vibe from the audience and not having any clapping at the end of the song was very off-putting.
YMX: What’s your band strategy in terms of music promotion? Direct-2-fans or via the “big dogs”?
LE!GHTON: I am just starting out so I’m still learning about the promotion side of things but I like the direct-2-fans approach because you have a closer relationship with the fans. The personal touch help them to get to know you better.
YMX: Finally, what are your plans for the future?
LE!GHTON: I hope to release another song in the next couple of months and to finally be able to gig, and get my name out there a bit more, At some point in the next couple of years I would love to be able to do a small tour. I definitely chose the wrong time to start my music career but hopefully you’ll see more of me when live music is allowed. Thank you so much for having me, It’s been great!