Born in Newark, New Jersey, Leah Jenea knew from a very young age that she was destined for the stage but it took a lot of hard work and dedication to her craft for her to be the artist that she is today. Before America discovered her talent from her debut on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, Leah has already made a name for herself in her hometown, Newark, New Jersey and many entertainment circles. At the tender age of nine years old, she attended summer camp at Newark Symphony Hall, later taking part in the Special Ensemble, a gospel group consisting of 12 kids. In 2011, the group won a Gold medal in McDonald’s Gospelfest Children’s Group category. As an artist with a hip hop cadence marinated with soul, R & B and gospel, Leah’s goal is to bridge the gap between old soul music and new soul music.. “I want to bring back music with substance. It’s coming back slowly, but I’d definitely like to be that glue.”She says and she has kept her promise with her new single “Holiday” which dropped on December 15 and available on all platforms.
America got to see your magic during your debut on Fox’s The Four: Battle for Stardom! When did you know that you were born to sing?
I knew I was born to sing after my first performance at summer camp.It was at Newark symphony hall, a very monumental place in Newark and I sang “ I will always love you by Whitney Houston”. It was a feeling I never felt before and I knew those warm lights and happy faces was what I wanted to see for the rest of my life .
Can you share with us what your musical journey has been since your appearance on the show?
I was signed , but also just doing different performances and dropping music like normal (laughs). I definitely linked up with a lot of different artists and went to award shows and things like that . My biggest accomplishment was going on tour with Marsha Ambrosia in 2019.
In your own own words, how do you describe your music?
My music is a mix of a hip hop cadence with soul and R&B styles and vocal arrangements. Definitely very 90s and based on my ideas of love .
What is a valuable lesson that the music industry has taught you?
Always read your contracts and know yourself better than anyone else so that no one could sway you in a direction that doesn’t feel right or good for you .
How do you remain focused and inspired? And what inspires you?
Listening to a lot of old music and older influences of mine . It helps me remember why I wanted to sing in the first place . My family and friends keep me focused and motivated, they’re very supportive and loving.
If you were asked to pick a different career in another lifetime, what career will you choose?
Probably cosmetology or teaching little kids (laughs). I love kids.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
My favorite artists are Jill Scott , Ledisy , Amy Winehouse, and H.E.R. from my generation.
Can you tell us about any of your current projects?
I have an album out called Crooked Love Story on all platforms and a Holiday song dropping on December 15th called “Holiday.”
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