Upcoming single by Leona Berlin: WRONG LANE feat. SNOOP DOGG
New single by Sync Floyd: #WATERISAHUMANRIGHT feat. Craig G & Leona Berlin
Leona Berlin is an artist, who has something to say. She doesn’t just want to make music, but to give people inspiration and food for thought. With her atmospheric Urban Soul she provides the listener with a deep insight into her own cosmos. Her open and direct nature is as real as her last name and makes every live show a unique exciting experience.
Leona attaches great importance to her own, authentic expression, both musically and in terms of content. Leona: “My top priority is to be authentic without having to fit in a box. I would like to give an example of how authenticity is needed and demanded, especially in today’s media superficiality.“ She writes and produces her songs herself, inspired and influenced by her greatest role models as well as close musicians and producers from her team.
After collaborating with internationally known musicians such as Ray Angry (The Roots), Casey Benjamin and Burniss Earl Travis (Robert Glasper Experiment) for her debut album („Leona Berlin“, Warner Music 2018), Leona is currently working on her second album, which will be released in late summer this year. Her first single “Monkeys” was released in June 2019 and further singles will follow, including the single “Wrong Lane”, which features hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg.
To date, Leona has been seen live on various stages and festivals (including TEDx Hamburg, Women of the World Festival, Peppermint Club LA), as well as a support act for, among others, Al Jarreau, PJ Morton, Seinabo Sey and Lisa Stansfield.
DEUTSCHE VERSION Leona Berlin ist eine Künstlerin, die etwas zu sagen hat. Die Wahl-Berlinerin möchte nicht nur Musik machen, sondern Menschen inspirieren und zum Nachdenken anstoßen. Mit ihrem atmosphärisch-dichten Urban Soul eröffnet sie dem Hörer einen tiefen Einblick in ihren eigenen Kosmos. Ihre offene, direkte Art ist so echt wie ihr Nachname und macht jede Live Show zu einem neuen, ganz eigenen mitreißenden Erlebnis.
Besonders großen Wert legt Leona auf ihren eigenen, authentischen Ausdruck, sowohl musikalisch als auch inhaltlich. Leona: „Meine größte Priorität ist, authentisch zu sein, ohne in eine Schublade passen zu müssen. Ich möchte ein Beispiel dafür geben, dass gerade in der heutigen Zeit von medialer Oberflächlichkeit Authentizität gebraucht wird und gefragt ist.“ Ihre Songs schreibt und produziert sie selbst, inspiriert und beeinflusst von ihren größten Vorbildern sowie Musikern und Produzenten aus ihrem nahen Umfeld.
Nachdem Leona für ihr Debüt Album („Leona Berlin“, Warner Music 2018) mit New Yorker Größen wie Ray Angry (The Roots), Casey Benjamin und Burniss Earl Travis (Robert Glasper Experiment) zusammen gearbeitet hat, produziert sie momentan ihr zweites Album. Die erste Single „Monkeys“ ist bereits erschienen und weitere Single-Auskopplungen folgen, unter anderem die Single „Wrong Lane“, auf der Hip Hop Ikone Snoop Dogg gefeatured ist.
Live war Leona bis heute auf verschiedenen Bühnen und Festivals (u.a. TEDx Hamburg, Women of the World Festival, Peppermint Club LA), sowie als Support-Act für u.a. Al Jarreau, PJ Morton, Seinabo Sey und Lisa Stansfield zu sehen.
1/30/20 HELLO Hey guys! This is my blog. Here I want to share some insights and lessons I learn on my journey as a musician. Other than social media posts I want to be more personal here. As I move and develop as an artist, striving towards my dreams, getting closer and closer to them, I also get closer to myself. It’s like my career and my personal growth are intimately entangled: When I look at a business challenge, it’s like looking at myself through a magnifying class, only to realize that it was me the whole time. Just a matter of perspective and interpretation. In a nutshell, to me this journey is about enhancing my awareness and understanding of reality. And myself. And how I AM reality. And the fact that all answers lie within, as they aptly say. Because who can you rely on?? In the end, nobody can know what the answers to your individual questions are. Only you can. #thursdaythoughts
2/13/20 PUSHING vs LETTING GO Currently I’m writing, producing and recording my second album. It’s so exciting! Many ideas and drafts have been sitting on my computer and phone for years, and now finally the time has come for them to be realized and put on an album! It’s also a challenge though. Sometimes creativity is flowing, that’s the dopest thing. Sometimes it’s not. When it doesn’t flow, I have a choice: I can push through anyways -sitting with the lyrics until the next word comes, sometimes for hours- OR I can let it go and do something else instead. Pushing through feels like sailing without wind. You just sit and wait. Can’t do anything about it. It’s annoying. But when the wind finally comes, it’s great and so rewarding! You are so happy that you didn’t quit! Other times though it’s better to just do something completely different and clear the mind, so fresh ideas can arise at all. The thing is, you never know when to push vs to relax. This is a theme that applies to many other areas in life as well. It boiles down to the question of “when do I genuinely need a break vs when is it my resistence of fear or stepping out of my comfort-zone, that makes me not want to do something. To me there’s a very subtle difference. It’s that when I let go, or I should say “give up” because of my resistence, it feels good only short-term. It’s like “wohoo, I’ve avoided it!” But the resistence is still there, giving me a subtle bad conscious because in the back of my mind I know it doesn’t serve me and my purpose. When I let go because I really need it, it just feels good whithout that bad feeling. It’s very subtle and difficult to distinguish, that’s the tricky part of it. Well, I will keep on practicing… #thursdaythoughts