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Meet LEV in Oak Lawn Area

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lev.

Lev, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I found a love for music and singing at a very early age. I loved fashion and acting in my own scenarios. So naturally, being an entertainer was at my core! 🙂 I would dress up in a stage outfit that I would get at Thrift Stores, make my family sit in our living room and watch me sing, dance and perform. I grew up in a small town so there wasn’t much going on, so I started piano lessons. I did that for 3/4 years. I started singing at church and in high school, was singing in church choirs, girls groups, duets, and singing at school. Fast forward, I wrote and recorded my first EP when I was 22 and eventually started doing some stuff in Nashville for a short time. That all ended once I made the decision I was not a pop-country singer. That’s the road I was headed down for the contacts I had. While completely grateful for the opportunities from that time in my life, it just wasn’t the genre my heart was in. So, coming back from that I was really sad and down because I didn’t know where to go from there. At that time I married my husband and we moved to Dallas. It was a time in my life where I was searching for who I was and wanted to be. The problem was I continued for a few years to be what I thought “other people” wanted me to be. Which eventually led me into my own identity as an artist. Electro Pop music is what I was always drawn to singing and loved. So, I had no idea how my album would get recorded or how I would even start. My husband gave me the best advice, he said ” don’t look at the how, just start doing. Nothing can ever happen if you don’t try.” So, I took that advice and started by picking up my guitar and just writing.

Honestly, from where the stars aligned and the people were sent to help me on that path to getting into the music scene and releasing my first pop EP. And after a few setbacks and struggles that the music biz can throw at you, I can say I’ve learned more than ever and it’s made me stronger from it. I had the feeling that time was running out for me to make a successful go at my music career was going to come to an end in my thirties. I wanted to want to quit pursuing my dreams because I felt that for ages society has told us what you have to be like and look like to make it as a woman artist, especially in the pop world. So, all the struggles that the past few years have thrown at me in the biz, has not kept me from going for my dreams. I’m 33 years old and I’m strong, healthy and have a lot of life left in me. Music and dreams are in my blood and I’ve come to know age is just a number and life in your thirties isn’t over for artist. If I were to describe myself inside, I’d say, I was a 13-year-old annoying boy, who laughed and immature stuff and was always goofing around. So, I am excited about this year because I am in a good place and releasing several singles this year. I’m grateful for my journey.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not a smooth road I’d have to say. The record label I had gotten signed to went south and kept pushing my album release. The label was part of a money scandal. During all of that time, all of my gear was stolen for live shows, and people on my team also left. So, I had to learn really quick to take the reigns and at the time was unsure of what that looked like. During that time, I struggled with depression really bad in that year and really took a lot of work and help to get through it. I don’t feel like life is ever really a smooth road, no matter which road you’re on, there’s always going to be road bumps and stop signs. Without them, you wouldn’t learn or be able to navigate to the next road that lies ahead. I feel that bumpy roads are necessary for life, its what guides you.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about LEV – what should we know?
I am a singer/songwriter and performer. I’d say I’m known for being funny. I also have an online vintage clothing store, Drifters Vintage, I own with my best friend, Hannah Francis. I am a jack of all trades, I like to do a ton of things from performing, fashion/styling, and plant-based nutrition advice.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
My husband, Eric, most definitely. Since he’s known me, he’s been in support of my music career and has encouraged me in my darkest times to want to give up. He’s always been such an advocate for me. My brother in law, Chad E. who helped me with investment in my career, without him I wouldn’t have gotten as far as I have without his help. My friend Kyle and Warren who helped me when my gear got stolen. By throwing a fundraiser to help replace it all. To every person involved with that, I’m forever grateful, and people helping me like that actually changed my life forever. I have had so many people encourage and help along the way, some that may think I’ve forgotten. But I will never ever forget what they’ve all done for me. Oh and I definitely want to give credit to my therapist, God bless her soul 🙂 Haha!

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Larry Gee, Nicollette Mollet, Rico DeLeon, CrateDiggers and Said Abusaud

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