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Tortured by lyrics, I jumped a plane to Nashville, and, with incomparable collaborators, wrote an album. 

I endeavor to share it.
Tortured by lyrics, I jumped a plane to Nashville, and, with incomparable collaborators, wrote an album. I endeavor to share it.
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Hi, there. I'm Leslie Spencer.

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You may recognize me as one of Brian Setzer's Vixens or as the female Witness in Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses

Here's a little backstory on how I got there.

You may also know me as the Christian Girl with the "Guide to Divorce". 

I'm a singer and a writer. It wasn't until recently that I put two and two together.

Last fall my long-term, very promising relationship abruptly ended. I felt blindsided. A few weeks later, I headed out on the road for my 10th year of touring with Brian Setzer. But I couldn't sleep. I tossed and turned in stale hotel rooms, night after night, tortured by the lyrics in my head.

So I wrote them down. I hummed random melodies while running. I heard bass lines in the shower (weird, I know).

I approached fellow bandmates and friends Kevin McKendree and Noah Levy for some guidance. On our day off in New York City, we all sat around the digital piano in my apartment and collaborated on a random hook I had written two nights before.

Travesty
You never let your heart be free

In less than two hours, a song was born. I was ecstatic. I wrote a song! And it was good.

But I couldn't stop at just one. I suddenly had a newfound confidence in my ability as a writer and singer; as an artist.

At the beginning of this year, Kevin invited me to his studio in Nashville to continue the process. Kevin is an impeccable Grammy-award-winning musician, as well as a producer and songwriter, himself. We worked for ten days. In that time, I was more than fortunate to have also collaborated with Johnny Few, Mark Winchester and my childhood friend, Matt Mangano.

I may not be able to accurately describe how cathartic and freeing it was to write music; to throw out a melody or a hook or even a piano arrangement and have it be validated by some of the best in the business. For some reason songwriting is deeply vulnerable for me. And I daresay I wasn't ready until now to share myself in this way.

"You're just a songwriter in denial," Kevin smiled.

This is the part where you -- old or new friend -- come in. I need financial help to record this album. I have a set amount of days to get the entire thing funded -- or I get nothing at all.

Any amount helps. Seriously. Anything. The goal is to get to the goal!

As always, I write from my heart. I invite you to join me in bringing a huge dream of mine to fruition. 


Check out some of the rewards you can get by donating! 

Take me with you!
Take me with you!

 

For your $50 donation, you'll receive a digital download of the album, a signed copy when it is released and this fun tote bag with my face on it!

Where you go, I will, too! I can carry your favorite books, wine, tools, groceries; I'll even hold your secrets.

 For your $75 donation, you will receive all of the above, plus a T-shirt!

 

Check out the other rewards for even greater donations! And THANK YOU for your support!

More fun merch:

Because everyone likes a good song lyric on their underpants.
Because everyone likes a good song lyric on their underpants.

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

To me, there might not be anything more vulnerable than creating -- and sharing -- music. There is never any guarantee an album will be wildly successful. But the risk is absolutely worth the taking.

I sat with fellow collaborator Matt Mangano (John Mayer, Zac Brown Band) in Arnold's Country Kitchen in Nashville.

"I don't know why I waited so long to do this," I said.

He smiled, knowingly.

"Because you weren't ready."

And that is true. But I'm ready now. And I'm so excited to share it!

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