Who is Leyla Blue?
Born and raised in New York City’s Tribeca, 20-year-old singer Leyla Blue has a certain attitude in her music that can not be matched. While her strong singing voice is comparable to that of Christina Aguilera, Blue brings her own style and sass to her music, labeling her trajectory “from sad bitch to bad bitch.” With the release of her debut EP, Songs For Boys That Didn’t Text Me Back Leyla Blue is on the radar of so many young girls who know the feeling.
Milk talked to the rising star about growing up in New York and being vulnerable in her music. The 20-year-old musician plans to finish up another soulful EP and get on the road to meet the fans she’s been having such meaningful DM convos with. More Bad Bitch attitude and relatable content is in store for Blue in 2020, and perhaps even a collab with Beyoncé?
Can you explain what life has been like since the release of your debut EP?
Life has been kind of unreal. Every time someone mentions it or references a lyric, I find myself being like “how do you know that much about me?” and remembering that I chose to share that. It’s sick though to have so many people I don’t know relating to some of my deepest thoughts. My DM convos are wild haha.
Have you got a tour set up yet?
It’s in the works!!
What was it like for you growing up in New York? Where exactly did you grow up?
I grew up in downtown Manhattan, Soho/Tribeca area. People in NYC work really hard to do what they love, whether it be art, music, film, finance or whatever field. Being exposed to that at an early age inspired me to figure out what that was for me and showed me that if I worked hard enough, it was actually possible.
Did you always know you wanted to sing? Do you have a song that you love to cover or a go-to Karaoke song?
I actually didn’t start singing until I was 13. I decided in a weekend that I was going to be a singer after binge-watching YouTube videos of artists talking about having the same mental health issues I had always struggled with. It was the first time I felt like I wasn’t crazy, and even though I could barely sing I vowed to teach myself.
I always looked up to the soulful vocal divas, so I love any karaoke song that makes me feel like one of them. “Listen” by Beyonce is a classic, “Lady Marmalade,” anything Aretha.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Musical or otherwise?
Amy Winehouse is my biggest musical inspiration. She effortlessly blends old school SOUL and Jazz with insanely personal lyricism. Her whole heart is in her music, and that’s what I always strive for.
My biggest life inspiration is my mom. She is a rockstar, and I want to be a rockstar.
What instruments do you play?
I play guitar and piano.
You’re very vulnerable in your music, do you feel that helps you reach a wider audience?
Music is therapy for me, in both a listening and a writing sense. There’s such power in hearing you’re not the only one experiencing something. Other artist’s vulnerability in their music has quite literally saved me and I just hope to do that for someone else.
What do you hope people take away from your music?
I hope people feel empowered to own their vulnerability. Only through embracing your sad bitch do you become a bad bitch.
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up recording my 2nd EP and figuring out the visuals to help me tell the story. Also working on GETTING ON THE ROAD!! I can’t wait to meet the faces behind my many deep DM convos.
Who is your dream collaborator?
Beyoncé. The ultimate.
Are the boys texting you back now?
Still no haha, maybe next EP.
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