Today we’d like to introduce you to Key LeBlanc.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
As a child, I was always creative. I danced in school, played violin and trumpet and always sang whenever my parents would put on little talent shows for my siblings and I. When I was 18 a friend of mine bought me a guitar for my birthday. He taught me four chords and I wrote my 1st song that day. Playing guitar and writing songs quickly became my favorite thing to do! In 2010, I left home for college and continued writing music, worship, and inspirational songs mostly. I had fallen in love with my new creative outlet. One day my little brother asked me if I ever thought about writing any love songs. The thought hadn’t crossed my mind, so I decided to start writing some even though I had never been in love (I laugh now when I look back at some of those songs) I had no idea that creating music for fun as a young adult would serve and heal me as I got older.
After graduating from Texas Tech University, I left my parents home in Dallas and headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. This was a complete shock to my parents because I had received my Bachelor of Science degree with Cum Laude Honors, on track to becoming their doctor daughter. It took so much of me to finally stand up to them and deny a “safe career” for the life of an artist.
L.A started off rocky for me. I was a Southern girl living in a big cutthroat city. I landed a few entertainment jobs, but nothing substantial. When year two in LaLa Land came around, I started to feel the pressure of becoming an adult, so I took on a full-time job, working for a Fortune 100 company. Although this made my mother happy, I was depressed and could not find real joy in the work I was doing. My 3rd year in Los Angeles was the most amazing and traumatic year of my life. I fell in love and got engaged, but life got tough and the relationship became toxic and emotionally abusive. As much as it pained me, I walked away from the person who I believed to be my soulmate. I decided to choose my light and love myself enough to call it quits. Little did I know everything I was facing was helping me grow.
The day after my breakup, I found my old songbook. I started reading through it and the words made me smile. I couldn’t believe it had been so long since I played guitar or wrote any songs. I strummed it once and it’s like a fire was sparked inside. As the days passed and I continued to heal, I started singing around the house, in the car, at parks basically where ever and whenever words and melodies flooded my mind. I hadn’t realized the whole time I was in L.A I had not done the one thing that always made me happy. I guess I lost myself while trying to find myself out there.
In 2018 I took a spontaneous solo trip to Europe. While there an old friend that I hadn’t spoken to in a year reached out to me. He just so happened to be on tour in London the exact same days I was there! He invited me to his sold-out show and when I watched him perform, I was in awe. I couldn’t believe I was witnessing someone that I knew personally, a friend doing what he loved for a living. This was eye-opening for me. I thought wow! He looks so happy up there! He’s doing what he loves. He’s doing what I love!! I can do that too.
After Europe, I moved back to Dallas to regroup. I began writing and creating new songs and poems more than ever. I came back with a new belief in myself. Knowing that I can create the life I truly wanted. I wrote and published my book “The Evolution of Modern-Day Love” which paints pictures of falling in love, heartbreak and ultimately finding love within myself. At the same time, I also developed my 1st EP, which I titled “33” based of my life-path number. According to numerology, those with life-path number 33 were created to uplift the loving energy of mankind, to inspire and encourage. That’s what this album does. All my songs encourage listeners to love themselves, find themselves, chase their dreams and to never give up hope.
Since I’ve been back in Texas, I’ve booked two big shows! My 1st show was March 19th at the Dallas House of Blues. My next one is a big charity event in May. I am honestly shocked that I’ve already been given the opportunity to share my music and share my heart with others. I look back on all that’s happened and I feel so much gratitude. I’m reminded that all things work together for my good. Creating music and writing is my safety. It’s my peace. It’s my purpose. I’m excited to see where the music takes me. I have high hopes that my songs will bring healing to others because they have been completely healing to me.
Great, 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?
My 1st roommate in L.A was a true nightmare, I worked a job that stressed me out and made me depressed, I fell in love and got my heart broken, I worked for an apartment complex that was a mess. From building fires to a shooting. I feel like the last few years were so hectic yet at the same time a blur. Everything ultimately lead me back to music and writing.
Please tell us about Key LeBlanc.
I am most proud of the fact that I am finally doing what I love. I love myself, I believe in myself. And that took some time. Now I hope I can encourage others to do the same.
I believe what sets me apart is my desire to do good. I write songs that make me feel powerful or make me happy. I don’t do it for money or fame or attention. I do it for all the little girls out there who haven’t discovered who they are yet. All the people who have lost someone or who’ve been let down by life.
Although I label myself as an artist, I also enjoy philanthropy and non-profit work. I am currently in the process of developing my own organization, L.E.E.P which stands for Love.Encourage.Empower.Persevere. The goal of L.E.E.P is to do exactly what it stands for. Inspire young girls to love themselves and to empower them to chase their dreams without fear. To encourage them to persevere even when things don’t go as planned.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite childhood memory was the 1st time I left the country. We went on a family vacation to Mexico. It was so much fun! I loved traveling after that and have since been to over ten countries.
- My book “The Evolution of Modern-Day Love” is on sale through Barnes and Noble online $15.99
- Website: www.keyleblanc.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keyleblancmusic
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/keyleblancmusic
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/keyleblanc
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