Heart & Soul Interview with Leah Jenner

Harmonious Life Advice from Musician Leah Jenner

Everyone has their own unique voice in this world. We might not all be holding a microphone in our hand, but Leah Jenner shares how we have the power to take the stage in our own life and be 100% happy with who we are. Life can be a little off-beat sometimes, but we are constantly evolving, learning, and heyit ain’t so bad!  Leah’s inspiring message is a melody we should all listen to-on repeat. So press play, this woman has something awesome to say!

Photo Credit: Hillary Cramer

Photo Credit: Hillary Cramer

You and Brandon were raised in families that were in the public eye. Have they been supportive of your choice to pursue a career in the music industry?  

Absolutely, they have been so supportive. My dad is such a successful musician. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that until I was 11 years old. He always had his guitars all over the house and just told me that he was a musician. One night, I remember him coming into my room to tuck me in and said that things were going to change a little bit and that he was going to be on the road and out of town for a while.

I also remember the first night he appeared at The Staple Center.  He took me backstage and showed me around. During the show, I was actually able to see from the wings the lights shining on him while the audience was screaming. It was such an amazing moment, especially since I never realized that was what his career entailed.  My dad is the type of man that is very low-key about his accomplishments. He has his priorities in check and always encourages the people around him. I appreciate the great values he has instilled in me, and I believe Brandon and I had the same kind of experience growing up.

On the last season of Keeping up with the Kardashians, you expressed your fear of having a lack of privacy being famous. You also mentioned that so many people lose sight of themselves and forget what truly matters in life. Do you still have those feelings and concerns? How do you deal with them head on?

On that episode it was something I had to go through to see what it was like to come out the other side. I would have to say, I am so overwhelmed from the amount of love I’ve gotten in response to being on the show and doing that episode. It really opened my eyes as to how many loving, CARING and amazing people there are on the planet and how much they like to express their love. All of my worries have been put to rest. It’s really been an incredible experience.

 Your spirit and energy on the show was such a breath of fresh air and a rare find in today’s entertainment industry. Would you and Brandon ever consider having your own reality TV show?

You know, we have been talking about it… I think we’re still up in the air. Music is something we have always loved and it is first and foremost in our lives.  If TV could incorporate our music, then maybe we would consider it. As of right now, we’re just going to stick with the music.

What would you say is your favorite song on the Cronies?

I would say, “Say It Ain’t So Bad.” I wrote it for my sister. Some songs that I write can take a   long time to come together.  Since it’s an art form, you just can’t force it out of yourself, funny thing is, I wrote that song in about 40 minutes. I think it was because it was just so honest, true, and the way that I felt at that time. I wanted a song that would really comfort her. It has so much meaning for me also. That is why it is by far my favorite song on the album.

What other artist would you want to work with?

Some of the artists that I am inspired by are actually ones that I already know. Tony Berg is an amazing producer in Santa Monica and has an incredible studio. Many of the people he affiliates himself with are extremely gifted musicians. Jessca Woop is one of them, although I haven’t met her, I only know her through Tony and her music.

Would you and Brandon ever consider collaborating with Kayne West?

I mean, who can say no? He is such a talented artist, although I don’t know if the fit would exactly match, but I have so much respect for him. Kayne has such a huge profile in this industry; he must be doing something right. I have so much respect for him for sure.

In the industry, we often see a party and a high maintenance lifestyle which take a dark unhealthy turn for many women. Many girls aspire to have this way of life for themselves. How do you feel about this?

I think it’s so important for girls and even women to understand that the cosmetic and fashion corporations are multi-million dollar industries. They have done such a successful job making women feel that they’re ‘just not good enough’ without their products. It deeply saddens me to see women feel as though they need this or that to look a certain way, and not feel good about themselves without them. The few people that I may influence, I want them to feel ok about being 100% themselves. I want to empower girls to feel confident within themselves.  I also want them to know that not being confident is also ok. Not every woman is confident every day, and they rarely admit that. It’s ok to say, “I really don’t feel good about myself today,” because tomorrow you might!Leah+Felder+429971_243458742409565_1676516

What do you think is the key to gaining life-long lasting confidence?

The number one thing is to not compare yourself to anyone else, and to understand that there is not one woman on planet earth who is confident ALL the time. I truly believe that everyone has their moments and that is just part of being a woman.

I’ve experienced a lot of insecurities growing up. In school, I didn’t have a whole bunch of girlfriends, and I wasn’t the popular girl. I absolutely went through the days where I was breaking out and my hair was terrible. Kids in school can be so unkind, and I think that so many people go through that in their lifetime. However, hopefully, it helps them become more compassionate to others because they have been on that side of the sword. I think that’s the beautiful part of it.

How has performing helped you convey your message to others?

Being able to stand up on stage and have a microphone in your hand with an entirely packed room of people, I have an opportunity to say something. I try to use my position to encourage other people, especially girls who may not feel good about themselves that we are all important and beautiful in our own way.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to embrace who you are, no matter who you think you should be and don’t let anybody tell you that that’s not ok. I think life is a process of evolution, and I am still figuring things out. Maybe when I’m 85, I will finally get there; but probably still figuring things out along the way!

What can we expect to see from you in the future? Do you have any other projects/surprises in the works?

Yes, we have been hard at work on our second album.  It is going to be released in March. I am so excited for that! This album is going to be a more soulful and as I said before, as with anything, it evolves! Our sound is definitely morphing and we have more music videos to share as well.

Leah is a true Showstopper …stay tuned for her new album out this March!

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