Storytelling is Singer-Songwriter Savanna Leigh’s Superpower

Storytelling Singer-Songwriter Savanna Leigh’s Superpower

Rising pop singer-songwriter Savanna Leigh grew up around seasoned entertainers soaking up the industry at a young age and experiencing the industry from behind the scenes. She knows how to pull her audience in and take them inside her mind with ease.

Telling stories is Savanna’s superpower, as her fans use her music to express the emotions and feelings they cannot share themselves. With songs that feel like vulnerable confessions, Savanna is able to authentically connect through unapologetic lyricism.

The 23-year-old has known she’s been born to make music since a young age. Her profound appreciation for the industry began while growing up in Florida where she was raised within a family of seasoned entertainers that opened her up to everything from production to touring.

Now Nashville-based Savanna is taking everything she has learned and sharing her wisdom with her audience in a personable way.

The transparency in her music leaves listeners feeling less alone as they navigate their own experiences, relating to the high of falling in love and the loneliness from heartbreak. Her words are carried further with her voice that is both strong and soft even during the most power-packed moments.

Savanna’s music has garnered over 4M+ streams across all platforms, and most recently was featured on POP Rising, Next Gen Singer-Songwriter, Fresh Finds, and Fresh Finds: POP. She has released multiple singles and an ep that has captured fans who share the same vulnerabilities as her while they navigate their early twenties. Savanna just completed her first fall tour where she sold out all 4 dates.

Can you start by introducing yourself and telling us in your words, about your story? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.

Hi! My name is Savanna Leigh and I am a pop singer-songwriter based in Nashville, TN. Music was my first love honestly, I have been doing it for as long as I can remember. I actually grew up in Brandon, FL, and lived there most of my life. I come from a super musical household, and so many of my family members were either pursuing music/art as a career or were creatives in a different way (acting, dancing, etc). I think because of that I always felt encouraged to pursue my dream, and I luckily was in an environment where being creative and chasing a “non-traditional” career path was encouraged. I spent most of my life learning how to play guitar and piano, entering every singing competition I could, writing songs, etc.

I always knew I wanted to end up moving to Nashville eventually, I went back and forth a lot growing up because of my dad and his music career, so I finished high school in Florida and applied to study music at a college in Nashville and then made the move at 18. I spent the first few years in Nashville in a duo with my sister, pursuing music full-time. When we decided to eventually go our separate ways professionally, COVID hit, life kinda hit pause, and I ended up going back home to Florida for that year. I spent a lot of that time figuring out who I was as a solo artist, writing songs that felt like me, building a presence on social media, and waiting for the world to open back up. I decided to drop out of college that year as well and focus on my music full-time. It was a really hard decision at the time, but one that changed my life for the better in so many ways. I have been going full force ahead ever since, and I’m so grateful for the team around me, and all of the amazing things we’ve been able to accomplish in the last couple of years. I’m so excited to see what the future holds.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Don’t let your fear of being bad at something stop you from trying. For years when I was younger I stopped writing songs out of fear that I wouldn’t be good enough, that I didn’t know where to start, and so I convinced myself I had nothing to say, I hid behind my sister in our duo and focused on what I was already good at. If I hadn’t begun writing songs again when I began my solo career, I have no idea what I’d be doing right now, but I know my career wouldn’t be the same at all. Writing songs is like therapy for me, and now I can’t imagine not doing it every day. Take risks and don’t let your fears stop y

If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out in music, what would it be?

Find your “why”… I think artists sometimes jump into this career without having their “why” and then when shit hits the fan or when they don’t have instant success, they get really discouraged and give up before they even get started. The music industry isn’t easy whatsoever, choosing a creative path that doesn’t have a road map for success comes with a lot of highs and lows, so having your “why” will keep you going in the good and bad moments.

Have you always been a musician, and at what point did you decide to pursue it as a career?

Yeah, I have been a musician since I can remember. I knew since I was a little kid that I wanted to pursue it as a career, but when I turned 16 is when I officially began doing that.

Is there an artist you most admire?

This question is always a tough one for me because there are so many artists that I admire. But as of lately, Gracie Abrams is someone I really admire. Her songwriting is incredible, she tells a story in every song she releases, and her ability to connect with her audience in such a genuine and authentic way is really inspiring.

What do you think is the single most important quality in an aspiring musician?

Work ethic for sure. There are so many incredibly talented people in this world, and the industry is over-saturated. What sets you apart is your work ethic, your ability to persevere through the tough moments, to not give up, and to never stop working on your craft.

What’s the best book on music/the music industry that you’ve ever read?

A book by the artist Russ called “IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD.” As an independent artist, I really appreciate Russ’s mindset on the industry and the way he has built his career from the ground up. It’s a great read.

How do you use social media, and what social media platform is the best for growth as an artist?

I use social media as a way to help my music reach the most people possible, to build a community, and engage with people who really connect to my music. Certain platforms work differently for different artists. I think it really just depends. I have found Instagram and TikTok to be really helpful in growing me as an artist.

The music business is very much a business, how do you stay creative while also running yourself as a business? i.e. social media posts, booking shows, creating merch?

I think that is something I struggle with often.. staying creative, especially as an independent artist can be really tough when creating the music isn’t your only role. Nowadays artists wear so many hats such as coming up with creative ideas, creating and editing content, doing social media, finding the right partners and people to help build your business in the best way possible, etc. I think for me whenever I feel my creative energy is being sacrificed I try to communicate that to my team, take some time away from socials and the “business side” of my brain, and try and spend some time in my hometown in FL by the water. That is where I feel most at peace and most inspired

Can you share some of the most important lessons you’ve learned from your successes and failures in music?

I think it is important to view failure as redirection, as growth. I think the more you fail the more you can learn. It’s important to accept that you will 100% fail at times in any career, that is a part of it, we’re human. Don’t beat yourself up over it, learn from it and move forward.

What does your songwriting process look like?

It looks different all the time. It has changed a lot over the years… but the one thing that remains the same is I try to consistently show up for my craft every day. Whether that is journaling ideas down in my notes app, recording melody ideas on a voice memo, or sitting down in my room to fully write. I usually start with a melody and then write lyrics after. But I think it’s important to write even when you aren’t feeling inspired, don’t force something, but show up for yourself… Some of my best songs have come from me pushing through writer’s block or a moment where I felt uninspired.

Do you have a favorite quote or motto that inspires you?

“Work hard and be nice to people” that’s a motto I saw on the wall in my hotel room this week and I think it’s dope.

Tell us about your new music; the acoustic versions of “i miss you (i still do)” and “hanging on a dream” and the live and acoustic versions of “locked in july”.

I begin writing most of my songs in my bedroom on my guitar.. and so releasing acoustic/stripped versions of my songs has always been something that is important to me. I want to bring fans into that intimate space with me, and for them to be able to hear how the song was originally started.
I also think for me, as a fan of a lot of different genres, whenever an artist I love releases an acoustic song or live performance/alt version it allows me to connect to the music in an entirely different way.

So yeah that’s why I released the acoustic versions for “hanging on a dream” and “i miss you”. And why I wanted a live performance released for “locked in july”. That song is so special to me.. and playing it live is one of my favorite things, so I really hope it helps connect my fans to the songs in a genuine and new way.

What can you tell our readers about what’s next for yourself and your music?

I am honestly blessed. I’ve got a lot of amazing people on my team and we are gearing up for 2024.. so many cool things are in the works but hopefully a lot more shows and new music…this new wave of music might be my favorite yet… It feels different than anything I’ve done before and I’m really excited to finally share this side of me with the world. I can’t wait for what comes next.

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