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Rising Stars: Meet Bria Leon

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bria Leon.

Hi Bria, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am originally from Chattanooga, TN. I come from a small city where everyone in that city knows you especially my family. Everyone in Chattanooga old and young knows my family or has been associated with my family of some sorts. So growing up with that, I had to be so conscious of the moves I made from leaving sports to be in the arts to actually pursuing it as a career choice. I have always loved singing and making music. I have been writing since I was a young kid. I had a poetry journal that I started in middle school that I wrote in every day or any chance I got. Writing was the one thing that helped to create a safe space for myself to express myself and talk about whatever I am going through. Music truly helps me to express myself in a way that is freeing and makes me feel like I am being heard. Growing up, I have always been in environments that are music-related and it has helped me get through some tough times. In doing that, I found my love for writing. I also had a journal or notepad around writing my thoughts as well as a poem, a story, some lyrics, etc… I love d and still love to write. Truthfully that’s what gotten me here today. I wrote and co-wrote the songs on my EP that was released on August 27th, 2021 titles Gemin-Eye Untamed. This project is something special to me because I am letting the public see a part of me that I don’t really share with others. I had never recorded music like this before coming to LA and I am so happy to be able to be connected to such inspiring people that want to help me succeed in that.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been a smooth road for me. I have experienced many things growing up and it has definitely influenced my music. Before moving to California, I was living in New York City. I loved it but I also struggled a lot. I struggled to pay my rent, I lived in a two-bedroom apartment with 16 girls. I was not making music at all. I was literally trying to survive. There was a time where I was working crazy hours in a day. I had to really have a conversation with myself like, “Girl, what is going on?” “Something has to change.” I missed music so much and I also wanted to get back into modeling and acting more. Something inside me kept saying move to California and so I did. Ever since I moved here, I’ve made soooo much music, I’ve made genuine friendships through music and I have an established support behind me that has my best interests at heart.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
So aside from being a singer/songwriter, I am a teaching artist for an after school program called Upstage Theatre Schools. I love teaching today’s youth because I truly believe that they are our future leaders. In the program, we put on musical theatre productions that the kids have been in rehearsals for a semester and present them in front of their school. Working with these kids teaches you to be compassionate and empathic to people’s creativity levels. Some kids are more shy than others and some are more musically inclined than others. The beauty about being a teacher is knowing this about my students and positively finishing ways to have them work together to put on amazing musical theatre productions for people to see. I love being able to teach because I am able to see my student’s growth and growth in myself.

Have you learned any interesting or important lessons due to the Covid-19 Crisis?
During Coid-19, I learned that it is healthy and imperative to take time for yourself. Self-care is the best care and to really tap in with what’s going on. It is so easy to get caught up in what you have going on or working tireless hours at a job that you really don’t care about can take a toll on you. So it is always good to just check-in. Get a massage, read a good book, or in my case spending time in the recording studio.

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