Introducing Christa Lee and “Love Potion,” her debut song! “Love Potion” is a catchy song that combines pop, soul, and R&B. It will appeal to fans of all genres. Maintain a leading edge and become known as a reliable source for breaking news in the music business. So why not add “Love Potion” to our blog right now and take a chance on a budding star? Check out the exclusive interview below:
1. Can you tell us a bit about where you come from and how it all got started?
CHRISTA LEE: I am from Middleton, Wisconsin! I have always loved singing and performing and last year I decided I would take it a step further and actually release my own music.
2. Did you have any formal training or are you self-taught?
CHRISTA LEE: I am self-taught. I have been singing all my life!
3. Who were your first and strongest musical influences and why the name ‘CHRISTA LEE’
My strongest musical influences growing up were One Direction, and my mom, who has a background in music, and encouraged me to sing. I chose the name Christa Lee because that is my first and middle name, so instead of just going by ‘Christa,’ I wanted to change it up!
4. What do you feel are the key elements in your music that should resonate with listeners, and how would you personally describe your sound?
CHRISTA LEE: Even though I have only released one song so far, I believe that people who enjoy many types of genres would love my sound! I love to take influence and dip into different genres, my favorites being R&B, Indie, Pop, Jazz and Alternative. I don’t stick to just one genre, and I definitely try to use that as a strength.
5. For most artists, originality is first preceded by a phase of learning and, often, emulating others. What was this like for you? How would you describe your own development as an artist and music maker, and the transition towards your own style, which is known as R&B?
CHRISTA LEE: Honestly, I feel like I am constantly changing and growing as an artist and since I just put out my debut single, my style is likely to continue to change. However, I make a point to not limit myself genre-wise. I am still in a phase of experimenting and learning, and I am embracing it by making whatever I feel in the moment!
6. What’s your view on the role and function of music as political, cultural, spiritual, and/or social vehicles – and do you try and affront any of these themes in your work, or are you purely interested in music as an expression of technical artistry, personal narrative, and entertainment?
I definitely feel like music infiltrates all aspects of life. I have written songs that aren’t necessarily for personal narratives, but rather for the pain I have witnessed others go through, or collective experiences that I have seen others go through. An example of this is a song called ‘Red Underwear’ that I have yet to release- and it is about the objectification women have gone through as a whole.
7. Could you describe your creative processes? How do usually start, and go about shaping ideas into a completed song? Do you usually start with a tune, a beat, or a narrative in your head?
This process is different for each song I do. I think that’s what makes it so much fun for me – sometimes it starts with just a melody, other times it’s just a lyric or it could even be a video or picture that I see that inspires ideas and different moods for a song.
8. What has been the most difficult thing you’ve had to endure in your life or music career so far?
CHRISTA LEE: The most difficult thing has probably been unlearning my limiting beliefs about myself and my capabilities. I never believed I could do this on my own, and it took a whole year for me to finally unlearn these beliefs, and behaviors that kept me in the same negative cycle. I finally overcame these beliefs and I am so excited to continue impressing myself.
9. With social media having a heavy impact on our lives and the music business in general, how do you handle criticism, haters, and/or naysayers in general? Is it something you pay attention to, or simply ignore?
CHRISTA LEE: When it comes to haters, I am lucky to have such a support system with my family and friends that I am able to laugh it off, and make fun of it. When I got my first hater on snapchat, I took a screenshot of it and posted it on my story saying “Guys I got my first hater!” I was able to take the power back and laugh it off instead of letting it get to me!
10. Do you think is it important for fans of your music to understand the real story and message driving each of your songs, or do you think everyone should be free to interpret your songs in their own personal way?
CHRISTA LEE: I believe that part of what makes art so amazing is that everyone can connect to it in a different way, on different levels. I think it is so special when people tell me different lyrics that remind them of certain people, places and experiences, when I didn’t even intend for that. It feels like once I put a song out there, it has a mind of its own and carries its own meaning to each person who listens.
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