Q&A: Leigh Vaughnn

The 2018 SAMMIES winner for New Artist

photo by sarah hansel

Genre: R&B/Soul

Nomination Category(ies): Release of the Year; R&B/Soul; New Artist; Music Video; Live Performer

Music Link: iTunes

Members/Instruments: Solo Act

FB Link: www.facebook.com/leighvaughnn

What’s a big musical inspiration that would most surprise your fans?

A big musical inspiration would be that both my mother and aunt sing. They inspired me to do the best at what I love; and with hard work comes reward. I always had someone to help me practice and to perform for, and that has helped mold me into the artist and performer I am today.

What drives you to keep playing even though the music industry can be so harsh?

I was born with a gift, and to many it sounds cliché but ever since I was a little girl, I knew I belonged onstage, and I have a voice that is meant to be shared with the world, and I speak words that can heal many souls, and that’s what I want to do: heal souls with my words. I want to touch those who can relate to my music and experiences shared through it.

How do you describe your music to people?

I describe my music as a vibe. Whatever mood you are in at that moment, I want to have a song that goes with it. Music transitions depending on what mood you’re in or what is inspiring you at that time, and I want to showcase what mood or inspiration I had at the moment this song was written.

What’s your favorite jam from the ’90s?

“Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue, “Tonight” by Xscape and “No, No, No, Pt. 2” by Destiny’s Child.

Name a pet peeve.

A pet peeve of mine is when things are unorganized. Everything has a place, and I like everything to be seen.

What did you want to be when you were 7?

Ha, trick question … I wanted to be a singer; a superstar!