“I can almost sum up my entire EP with one sentence – I was going through a hard break up that I couldn’t sleep off, get my heart back or forget! I finally broke through the other side, got my heart back, broke up with the broken part of it and then started leaving lipstick stains everywhere I went.”
The country rebel, Leah Turner, is back with new management, a new self-titled EP and a single, “Sleep You Off,” which without the backing of a major record label has caught the attention of major radio stations, and has a video with over 200,000 views. “Sometimes the only thing you can do is try and drink him gone and then try and sleep it off and hope you wake up free of him. This was the last song I wrote for my EP, and I knew we had something special here and hopefully a song everyone can relate to.”
Recently, Leah has joined the roster at L3 Entertainment, management home to Justin Moore, Tyler Rich and several artists in development. L3 President Peter Hartung says “Leah Turner is one of those artists who checks all the boxes: talent, work ethic, songs, looks, stage presence, and an instantly identifiable, uniquely strong voice! We’re really excited to have Leah join our artist roster at L3 Entertainment!” This year marks Leah’s first time releasing an EP as an independent artist. Previously signed to Columbia Nashville, Leah had a Top 40 country radio hit “Take the Keys” and an opening slot touring with Brad Paisley. She’s continued to tour, sharing the stage with powerhouse artists such as Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and more. Leah’s distinctive voice and fiery personality make her unlike anyone in country music, and both are outgrowths of a life journey that could have led nowhere but Nashville.
It began on the ranch in California’s Morongo Valley where she grew up, the daughter of a rodeo champion father and a Latina mother. She was just three when she began sitting at her grandmother’s piano, trying with her little fingers to make real chords. When she was 5, her family bought her a piano–she still has it–and by 6, she had written her first song.”You build memories around songs,” she says. “They become the soundtrack to your life. I remember driving with my dad and mom, singing along to Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, George Strait and Chris LeDoux. Country music is known for the way you can actually see the story unfold in front of you, like you’re in the song. And that’s the beauty of the Nashville songwriting community–it’s all about the song.
“Leah Turner has a ready laugh, whiskey tongue, and Tabasco running through her veins. Through her music sheconveys the pain, laughter, love and adventure she finds in life, delivered through a voice with the power and grit to personify its ups and downs. This combination makes her one of country’s most compelling artists, someone with the talent and personality to own any stage–or studio–she walks onto. “What I have learned in the last 4 years in the music business is nothing is guaranteed. We are not in the singing game we are in the song game. Song is king. Never burn a bridge and if you have to, blow the damn thing up. Don’tever give up, work hard and then harder. Be appreciative, humble, pick your team wisely and your fans are #1!!!”
In celebration of Turner’s new single “Blah Blah Blah” we sat down with her for a Rapid Fire Round! Check out her answers below and head on over to Spotify to hear her new collection of songs.
What is your post-show drink of choice?
Coors Light and a little Jack Daniels
When was the first time you felt like you made it in the industry?
When I was asked to play the Opry and my debut was at the Ryman, the mother church.
Which of your songs is hardest for you to remember the lyrics to when you’re on stage?
Depends on if Jack Daniels knocks on my dressing room door 😉 I really don’t forget my lyrics, cause I wrote all my songs from the heart, but cover songs … forget about it! I’m the worst.
When and where do you do your best writing?
I do my best writing when I’m hurting. The song can come out sad, pissed or tongue and cheek like “Blah Blah Blah.”
What’s your most or least favorite thing about being on the road?
My least favorite thing about being on the road is the after show food! It’s always the food that makes my jeans scream. All the guys are diving in and I’m like “I’ll just enjoy this salad.”
My favorite thing about being on the road is being on the road, getting on stage, meeting new fans, reconnecting with old ones and feeling that all the hard work, the no’s and heartbreaks were worth it.
What’s the one song (from any artist) you wish you had written or sung first?
“Neon Moon” by Brooks and Dunn.
What is the most memorable thing a fan has done for you?
Listen to my music, come to my shows and allow the things I have been through to become the soundtrack to their lives! And, someone also sent me an engraved bottle of Don Julio, bc I’m 1/2 Latin.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would fly… so I could soar above all the B.S.
If you had to choose a theme song for your life, what would it be?
“Life Is A Highway” ~ Eagles
Do you feel like you’ve gotten used to being a celebrity, or do things still surprise you?
Celebrity hahah.. I’m just a girl blessed enough to be able to live out her dreams through a country song!
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
That my mama is full Mexican and my daddy is a championship team roper.