Friday Artist -Leah Hume
What is your career and your current job title? I’m a bodyworker by profession. I’m also a singer and a visual artist.
Describe in a sentence or two your music. I am currently developing an act with Ray laflin as my accompanist. The repertoire includes folk, rock and various ethnic music – originals and covers. We will also be bringing other musicians into the project.
How long have you been working in this discipline? I grew up in a musical family and sang and played violin as a child. I returned to music just about 6 years ago after pursuing my interest in the visual arts for a number of years. My intention now is to make room in my life for both visual and musical arts, but I am currently focusing solely on music.
Why do you do it? I sing because it’s just a part of me. I sing because it opens me up; I sing because it touches people’s hearts and souls; I sing because beauty is powerfully healing and uplifting.
What do you hope to accomplish? My intention is to create a musical experience that is richly varied in style and mood and is both moving and fun.
Do you create your music with an exact message you want the viewer to receive and if yes, what is that message? I tend to choose songs that are deep, thoughtful, and truthful, but I also enjoy an occasional witty song.
What kind of special training did you take? I studied violin from age 5 to 13. My primary teachers were my father, a music professor and trumpet player, and my mother, a violinist. I studied singing with Helen McComas, a former opera singer, and Tzvetanka Varimezova, a Bulgarian singer – both in Los Angeles.
What’s your favorite part of your endeavors? I enjoy creating with others, and I just love the feeling of making beautiful sounds. I really honor and appreciate the impact it has on others.
Any other comments you’d like to include? I will be performing in the Joni Mitchell Tribute at the Center for the Arts today through Sunday, along with many great singers and musicians. I’ll also be appearing at the Wall Street Cafe and other local venues in the near future.
To recommend a local creative talent for this weekly feature, contact Pam Jung at firstname.lastname@example.org or 477-4232.
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