Interview: Leddra Chapman

By on Monday, 5th July 2010 at 9:00 am

If you’re of the mindset that singers and songwriters are continuing to get younger and younger (or maybe it’s you just growing older than you’d like), then well, here’s another to add to the list: Leddra Chapman. She’s a British singer/songwriter who’s mesmerizing the global circuit with her charming tunes and voice. Late last year, she put out a highly praised album, Telling Tales, and now has a single appropriately dubbed, “Summer Song.” Discover more about her here:

First off, for those who may not yet know of you, what can you tell people about your music? And what inspired you to start writing at the young age of 12 in the first place? How old are you now?

I am 20 years old, and I like to describe my music as chilled out folk pop. I started to learn how to play guitar when I was 12, and shortly afterwards I suppose I got bored of playing other peoples songs and wanted to come up with my own ideas! My inspiration came from my experiences at school and from friends and family.

What was the name of your first song and what was it about?

My early songs were mainly written about my experiences at school; like many at that age, I was having a tough time there, and writing music was my way of expressing my feelings and getting through those times. The first song I wrote that I was truly proud of was called ‘That Kiss’. I wrote this song when was 14 and it was about my first kiss! Hehe.

You’ve been compared to the likes of folk heroes Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. How does such a high compliment like that feel? Are they influences in your music?

I always say what an honour it is to be mentioned in the same sentence as artists such as Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, let alone being compared to them! Joni Mitchell especially has been such a huge inspiration to me for years.

What was it like recording demos in your home studio that your Dad built? Were you overwhelmed at the process or excited by the opportunity? Or a little of both?

It was a really lovely time, there was no pressure there it was more about having some fun with my Dad and getting my songs down on record so I would never forget them! I found the whole process very interesting and exciting! However we never imagined that once on the internet the recordings would have given me quite so many amazing opportunities!

What’s it like to attend the London College of Music? Did this come as a surprise or something you always wished to do?

Its a brilliant college and the teachers and students are all ridiculously cool there… I’m having a great time! I always wanted to do a degree and I thought why wait? So whenever I’m free from touring or recording, I’m studying! Even if its in the car or on the train!

6. Apart from knocking out some great tunes, you’re also a European brand ambassador for clothing company Quiksilver. What’s that like?

Being a brand ambassador for Quiksilver Women is such an honour, They have shown tremendous support for my music and obviously its great for a girl to be given clothes, especially this collection…its all gorgeous! Its great fun traveling with Quiksilver, so far I’ve have been with them to Belgium, Prague, Switzerland, San Sebastian and France. I cant wait to do more with them over the summer! I’m very proud to be a Quiksilver Woman. 🙂

What are your plans for the next six months? Gigs, world promotion/domination, taking a rest or all of the above?

All of the above! Haha! I’m so looking forward to touring this year, I’m gigging all over the UK, and doing some really cool European dates too! I am also going to be staying in the Quiksilver house in France to chill out and do some writing in August! I can’t wait to get back in the studio and throw some new ideas around 🙂

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