Lindsey Harper: Livng Her Life
Interview by: Jeff Hightower
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Infusion - The act of introducing a certain modifying element or quality. Who knew physics and chemistry could be such an important part of music. With the proper proportions of jazz & soul, topped off with a bit of pop and mixed together with a touch of real world life, it makes for one intense listening experience. Add that to her sultry good looks and smoky eyes, and you will swear that Lindsey Harper has split the room in order to sing just for you. Hearing her is both a physical and emotional encounter. Already singing and writing at an age well beyond her years, itâ€™s as if she was born to be the embodiment of music. She has focused her passions, in order to polish and mature her abilities. And like the hardest working of artists, she has learned to overcome the roadblocks standing her way by using sheer force of will to overcome obstacles such as dyslexia. With milestones such as landing the theme-song in the independent film, â€œLoving Annabelleâ€�, there seems to be nothing in her way that can slow her down. With talent, drive and heart, she remains committed and focused with the intent that she wants to change the world. Whether itâ€™s a stripped down, lyric based ballad or a full production, jazz filled free for all, she has beautiful timing and a unique use of vocal abilities, which make you remember who she is far after the curtain has gone down for the night. Check Lindseyâ€™s music out at www.myspace.com/lindseyharper.Or check for her soon to be released debut album which will be offered on itunes and cdbaby.com.Or if you get the chance, attend a live show where you can also pick up her upcoming album. ____________________________________________________________________________ HM â€“ Your music is described as soulful with an honest heart and a depth of lyrics. How did you develop such a keen sense of songwriting to match the style of music you sing? LH â€“ I donâ€™t know that I really tried to develop any kind of style so much as I went inside and just let whatever was in there pour out into my songs and I let my voice express those songs. HM â€“ How do you create that, one on one atmosphere, with each and every person in the audience? LH â€“ The more I perform and grow as a person I realize itâ€™s much more fulfilling to put your focus on others instead of yourself. I think coming from that angle the audience can see who you are being and makes them feel as if I could be singing to just them. HM â€“ You started music as a child. When was the moment you realized that you wanted to do this for a living? LH â€“ I joke sometimes that I think I was born a performer. I feel itâ€™s just in my blood. As soon as I could talk I was singing and as soon as I could bang on things I was sitting at the piano trying to figure it out. I think I really realized I wanted to do this for a living when I was two I was sitting in the car with my Mom and I just announced it to her one day. HM - Who were your main influences that help develop the artist you are today? LH â€“ Growing up I was that kid that would buy the Korn and Limp Bizkit CDâ€™s to be cool but would secretly be listening to Jazz and Blues in my bedroom. Some of the artists that really had an impact on me where The Manhattan Transfer, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Billy Joel, Rosemary Clooney, Etta James, Billie Holiday, and Eva Cassidy. HM - What is your main goal in the music industry? LH â€“ My main goal with every performance and every person who hears my music, is for them to leave touched, moved and inspired about there own lives. HM â€“ How has dyslexia made you stronger songwriter? LH â€“ Having dyslexia has made me into the person I am today, having to work that much harder to read and spell I think made me a little tougher and more sensitive at the same time. Itâ€™s in that balance, I think I find a really beautiful place to write from. HM - What sets you apart from other artist in the industry today? LH â€“ I think every artist is unique and brings something different to the table. I think what sets me apart it that, the fame an fortune that comes is just icing on the cake. My main focus is to use my music to make a difference in peopleâ€™s lives. I am also pretty goofy J HM - Of all the things youâ€™ve done and seen, what is the most important lesson you take out of your experiences? LH â€“ I think it so important to be grateful for what you have in your life and stay in the moment and not worry about the future so much. HM - In your own words, define the perfect music/song to you. LH â€“ The perfect song is one that captures you in the moment and leads you through a journey having you relive one of your best memories and then gently places you back in reality feeling like you can take on the day a little easier. HM - Who have you worked with, or are looking forward to working with the most over the course of your career? LH â€“ My dream is to be able to co-write and perform a song with James Taylor. ____________________________________________________________________________ HMM/ALM would like to thank Lindsey for taking the time to talk with us and give her fan base a better look inside of her and her music. Weâ€™re looking forward to the next show. Hope to see you there. From the Nestâ€¦ Jeff