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Meet Leslie Powell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Leslie Powell.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Leslie. So, let’s start at the beginning, and we can move on from there.
Music has been a part of who I am since I was a kid. In high school, I would sing the national anthem at my volleyball games, then run onto the court and play my heart out. I performed with a musical theater troop, singing, and dancing; then my brother encouraged me to try to write my own music… and I struck gold.

Through my writing, I was able to tell my own narrative, make people dance, feel things they don’t know how to feel, bring up emotions in people when words just wouldn’t do. I learned how to touch people and relate to them in hard situations. Music has the power to change lives. Once I realized that, it was game over.

My sophomore year of college, I split my time between Nashville and school. After graduation, I moved to Nashville permanently to immerse myself in the world of writing music. As more time passed, I started dabbling in pop music and music for TV/Film/Advertising.

I then traveled back and forth between LA and Nashville for a month at a time. I soon realized that Los Angeles was where my opportunities were, so I made a move and loved it so much. It has been a journey, but after years of exploring music, I found my passion for pop music and the world of Film/Tv/Advertising.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The challenges are what have shaped my career. When I was only pursuing an artist career, I had trouble narrowing in on my brand/genre of music. I was constantly being told to pick a lane or sound and never could.

When I started working with movie studios and advertising agencies, my “weakness” of creating music of all genres became my biggest strength. Learning where you fit takes time, and I’d encourage everyone in any creative field to be patient!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success to me is being happy. Right now, I am making a living doing what I love most. I get to be in a studio all day and create with my friends. After days, weeks or months of working on a track, It’s the best feeling in the world to hear your song in a movie, on the radio or in an ad with a major company.

I’ve made a point to celebrate the successes along the way. No matter how big or small, they are all a stepping toward what I’ve ultimately been working for!

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