VIBE Vixen: What inspired the name change?
Leigh Bush: Leigh is my middle name, Bush is my last, and Sammie is my first. Tapping into some new sound sonically with content and decided to also leave the Sammie brand but expand on it. I don’t want people to think I’m just putting it to rest like that. I just thought it was all good for the change. Me and my team decided like a year ago to do it and it was just a matter of time of setting everything up and deciding exactly who Leigh Bush was going to be?
And who is Leigh Bush?
I feel like R&B is lacking substance, vulnerability, and passion and I wanted to bring that element back to R&B so that’s him.
How are you going to do that?
The music speaks for itself. I didn’t create music specifically for the DJ’s and the radio when I made this EP, I went in like a free spirit. Just getting back to if a record is 6 or 7 minutes long, let it rock, you don’t have to do it for 3 and a half just for radio, DJs, or airplay. No rules, really being vulnerable and honest. I always say the most vulnerable person we have is Drake and that’s in the hip-hop genre. People call him “emotional” but it cultivates to record sales. He creates relatable music, things that most men won’t say.
Like your track “Free Falling”?
Exactly. My manager Delonte Murphy was telling me about a relationship he was trying to get into and he felt he was on a different plateau like he was falling first and I told him, “jump and she’ll catch you.” I thought it was refreshing because in our generation men don’t fall in love first.
Men run off pride, women run off emotions so if you love you love all the way. As to where if we want to love we start to analyze everything like “it’s too soon” or whatever excuse we trick our self out of. That’s why “Free Falling” connects to the women because they never heard a man say that.
Very true, I know you have your EP but are you expanding into an album?
Of course, its been a great plan thus far. The last Sammie project was Insomnia, my mixtape, which had over 500k downloads. I hope it will segway into the Leigh Bush Project which is currently on iTunes and the Leigh Bush Project Pt2 in March and then the album, which will hopefully be released by the third quarter of 2014.
How vulnerable are you going to get?
I’m just living life. With these records on this EP, like “Ms. Bartender” is about a man who has a problem staying faithful in a relationship–I’ve made mistakes of course with infidelity so I’m giving my life. Everything is like a real life situation from “Dancer” to “Passionately” to even “Free Falling”; and learning from somebody else’s experience. So really just being honest. It’s good to keep mystique as a celebrity but more than ever now people appreciate transparency.
How different is this project and these upcoming projects going to be compared to when you first came out?
I have more freedom than I ever had as far as the creative control goes. When you’re signed to a major of course there’s a command that you have to abide by either A&R, VP, or the label. Now that I just had time to grow, mature, and live life also as an artist and songwriter, I’m able to be me and I think that’s something that the fans haven’t had. I could give you some of Sammie but I had to do what the label wanted me to do also. I’m my own boss and I’ve surrounded myself with a great team, I’m able to really give them my vision and go 110% strong with it.
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