In our interview, Leslie shared her influences, gave us a sneak peek into her upcoming album, and offered some advice for aspiring artists. Keep reading to learn more about Leslie's work and where you can catch her upcoming performances. Enjoy!
Artist Interview with leslie Vincent
Leslie: This Sunday afternoon Women’s History Month concert series is a celebration of music made famous by women. I split it into three categories, “Women in Love,” “Women Who Folk” and “Women on the Edge,” to capture three different emotional states.
I’m super excited that for the final Sunday in March, my pals Gracie Anderson, Colleen Somerville, and Nicole Wilder will be joining me. I look up to all three of these artists and we’re gonna have a ton of fun together!
And then every concert will have piano from Ted Godbout, who I’ve been playing with for years now!
As a lover of jazz, who are some of your biggest musical influences and inspirations?
Leslie: I take inspiration from artists across genres. When it comes to jazz, of course, Ella [Fitzgerald] and Billie [Holliday], but also Sarah Vaughn, Nancy Wilson, Antia O’Day, Peggy Lee, and Julie London.
When it comes to contemporary artists, I am obsessed with the work of Caity Gyorgy, out of Canada, whose swing style is incredible. And I’m a huge fan of Samara Joy.
When I’m not listening to jazz, I’ve been turning to Nathaniel Ratliff for his gorgeous voice and vulnerable lyrics.
Leslie: I don’t want to say too much, but it’s jazzy with some musical theatre essences sprinkled in. It’s my love letter to dark times and how we get through them. It’s joy and heartache and everything in between.
How has your music evolved over the years and what changes can listeners expect to hear in your new album?
Leslie: Oh, I’ve grown so much since I released my debut album [in 2020]. I went into this recording process with the goal to arrange each song specifically. The result is cool.
What message do you hope your music conveys to your listeners, and how do you hope it impacts them?
Leslie: Every single time I perform, I do it with the intention of inviting people in. I want them to enjoy themselves, have a laugh, and soak up beautiful music. Life is hard—we deserve time to appreciate any art and music around us whenever we get the chance. That’s what I try to provide with my limited time on Earth.
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians or performers who are just starting out in their careers?
Leslie: Do the scary thing. If you want to play for people, write an original song, or learn to do a handstand. The best thing to do is do it. Don’t worry if it’s any good—that can come later. Just do the thing.
I also always recommend “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron. It’s a 12-week guide for artists. My wife and I did it last year and it changed our perspective on art so much that we’ve bought copies for multiple friends.
Can you share with us any upcoming performances or events that you have planned in the near future, and where can listeners go to find more information about them and support your work?Leslie: Oh, I’m always up to something. The next big show with the full band is April 13th at MetroNOME Brewery. I keep my show calendar updated on my website www.lesliedellavincent.com.
I’m also a big fan of social, so you can find me on Instagram @leslie_della_vincent and on TikTok @leslievincentsings.
UPCOMING EVENT INFORMATION:
Leslie Vincent and Ted Godbout bring you Sunday afternoons full of women-inspired music from 1pm to 330 pm.
March 12th - Women in Love: jazz-inspired songs about being in and out of love, featuring songs from the Great American Songbook.
March 19th - Women Who Folk featuring the warm vibes of Carole King, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Linda Rondstadt, Patsy Cline.
March 26th - Women on the Edge featuring the songs of Amy Winehouse, Adele, Alanis Morisette, Meredith Brooks, Natalie Imbruglia, and The Indigo Girls.