Having either Pharrell Williams or Jermaine Dupri by your side and help guide your singing career would be a dream for any recording artist, but to have both industry legends having your back must feel pretty damn good. That’s the fortunate situation 25-year-old singer Leah LaBelle is currently in, as the Epic Records signee can be seen at any show and you’ll see JD and Skateboard P right by her side. Although it’s nice to have those two by her side, it’s the Seattle native who paved her own way to where she is now. From auditioning as a teen several years ago on American Idol to getting signed by L.A Reid of Epic Records to dropping her first single entitled, “Sexify” (complimented with her first music video) off her upcoming debut album, Labelle is steadily leaving her footprints (whether in heels or sneakers) and making a name for herself.
The self-described tomboy-turned-lady is gearing up for her debut album, which is currently in its finishing touches as of now, and is ready for an end-of-year release. KarenCivil.com caught up with the fun-loving, “Sexify” singer (minus her “dads” by her side. More on that later!) and chatted about being a tomboy, basketball, what is sexy, what to expect from her debut album, her relationship with JD/Pharrell/L.A Reid, and much more.
KarenCivil: So you’re a Seattle native, and you also used to be a tomboy. Do you still have some of that tomboy in you?
Leah LaBelle:Yes, I do. I would say that I’m a bit rough around the edges, still. I’ve grown up and become more polished. I’m a lady now but I’m still laid back. I’m not the biggest athlete, but I could get down if you wanted to play some basketball with me. I love to wear sneakers and to be comfortable but I can still throw on some heels and be a lady as well. I’m that girl that’s comfortable and cool but I still have moments where I want to be a lady but the tomboy comes out for sure.
KC: That leads me to my next question, I’m assuming you followed the NBA playoffs, so were you happy the OKC Thunder lost?
LL: Well, I was kind of upset that Seattle doesn’t have the Supersonics. I was a huge fan back when Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton were on the team. When they left, the whole city was really sad but I didn’t follow them to OKC. I became a Celtics fans and it was hard for me to watch them be in the playoffs was a slap in the face. It was a bit exciting because it was our old team, but it was also sad and it could’ve been our city. No hate or no love lost, but still so sad. [Laughs]
KC: You recently dropped your music video for Sexify. It was your first video, so how was the experience?
LL: It was really fun and nerve-wracking. I was really nervous because it was my first video and you don’t know what to expect, especially with all eyes on you. I just had to deliver and put forth my best effort. I’ve been in a few videos such as Jordin Sparks since she’s a good friend of mine. I had a little character role in her “S.O.S” video. I was also in Keri Hilson’s “Turning Me On video,” so I have been in music videos but to have it be my own, it was an exciting and nervous feeling. I had the best time ever. It went by so fast. My mom was there and it was a really awesome day.
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