Born Lea Samantha Anderson in Washington District of Columbia, the second of three girls. Lea’s parents were avid fans of R&B/Soul music and her father constantly spun, Earth, Wind, and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin. These artists had a profound impact on Lea even at a very tender age. It was her father suffering from a major stroke that led to their relocation to the small town in the deep south outside of Charleston, South Carolina. Lea recalls the harsh road it took to get to where she is today. As a child, Lea inspired to be a singer and was known as the “little girl with the big voice” singing in local talent shows and competitions. But wanting to perform only made her seem smaller; she was constantly bullied and picked on because of the attention she was getting. After receiving a black eye from a classmate throwing a baseball glove at her for singing in class, Lea decided that her southern town just wasn’t where a star was born. It was then where she learned to hide her voice through art. It was easier to ignore bullies with a pencil and a drawing pad in her hand.
Lea was accepted into the College of Charleston doubling majoring in Art Management and Theatre while minoring in Studio Art with a focus in painting. As a Freshman, an upper classman took notice to her talent and offered her a spot as the front woman in his hip hop band, “Many Stylez.” Surrounded by talented Emcee’s, Lea solidified her writing and started creating her original music. When the group disbanded, Lea explored her new love for theatre. She graduated from the College of Charleston with a years’ worth of Regional Theatre gigs. She worked consistently as a professional actress and earned a membership into Actors Equity Association. However, love for the life of a recording artist and the freedom of singing her original music haunted her. After consulting with a few close theatre buddies, Lea decided to move to NYC and attempt a fulfilling career in music. Now, with a goal set, and her purpose clear, Lea continues her journey.
Lea has written songs about her personal lessons from failed relationships due to living life as a traveling artist. Her first hit single “Not That Type of Guy” was inspired by a man she was seeing while working at a theatre in Atlanta. It captured the control and possessiveness one can harbor from insecurities and being treated like a trophy rather than cherished and adored. With songs such as “Just Can’t”, “Real Love” “Detached” and “Wait For You” Lea strives to be a hero for lovers. Her LP will be released in increments of three in four movements: neo-soul, folk-soul, hip hop soul, and jazz.
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