Lady Gaga and Hazelnut Coffee

Lady Gaga ProducerYou can imagine what I thought when Lady Gaga’s producer called me and said “I love your songs, I’d like to meet!” I was sure it was a prank call. Truly. I mean, how often do you get a phone call like that? And the way I got connected to him was through a random series of events, you know…my cousins, roommate’s boyfriend’s mom, best friend’ brother…you get the picture. Bottom line was, it was not in the cards that Lady Gaga’s producer was going to call me. But he did and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Before he got to the meeting he asked me what I wanted from Starbucks. I was shocked that he would get ME a Starbucks, but instead I was already at Starbucks and asked him what HE wanted! “Iced hazelnut coffee.” What? Lady Gaga’s producer drinks hazelnut coffee??? I liked him already. We met at a studio and when he walked in the door we instantly clicked. He sat down at the piano and I’m not joking, we wrote two songs together in 20 minutes. I already had lyrics for them and a mock melody, and he sat at the keyboard and turned them into songs. It was like kismet!

But it all gets crazier because when we were first introduced, I was strictly pursuing commercial songwriting…not being an artist…you know, sorta like Carole King. And specifically I was writing only country music. But as we continued to write together and I would travel to Nashville to sing at songwriter nights, the crowds at the events started asking me why I wasn’t pursuing being an artist? To be totally honest, it hadn’t even occurred to me. After all…I had my Broadway career back in NYC and it seemed totally bizarre that someone over 35 would pursue being an artist when most pop stars are kids…literally.

But when I asked Joe about it, (he’s the one on the left) he almost sounded relieved that I had discovered this on my own. While I pondered the notion of attempting to be a recording artist, I happened to write this really cool song for one of his other artists. I cut the scratch demo with him and when I was done he said “You sounded truly amazing on that!” My answer was, “Great, I hope your artist likes it!” Still oblivious!! So he took it to the artist and while she loved it, she said she had too many choices for her album, so she didn’t take the song.

Now here is the magic. Normally getting a NO from another artist would be a big, fat bummer. But literally at the same time Joe called to tell me she had said ‘No’ to the song, we both said “But it’s better because this is your/my single!” It was so clear to both of us that this song was to be my debut single. So, in a moment’s decision I became a recording artist and my debut single was Slow Burn and it went on to hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC Chart.

It taught me this lesson…a ‘no’ can always be a blessing and turn into a big, fat ‘yes’. And, why this email involves YOU is because WITHOUT YOU the song would never have been heard. It is you, my fans and listeners who make or break a song. So thank YOU so much for downloading and listening and spreading the good word.

And always remember that a NO can be a blessing and become a YES!

Yes, I wrote Slow Burn!

Yes, I recorded Slow Burn!

Yes, Slow Burn hit #4 on the AC Billboard/Hot AC Chart.

And yes, as the song goes…it was worth the wait…

So shoot for your dreams! Because truly anything can happen!

And if you wanna hear more of my songs, you can pre-order my EP!

Thanks so much for listening…tell me what you think below!

Leslie

 

 

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