Because I love all things Dave Matthews Band related, I had to check out a link that was sent via twitter that had the attention of DMB fans. I was pleasantly surprised by the lovely voice of Laurie Lehner. The video is a parody titled Tweet which is from the song Sweet by the DMB that can be found on Away From The World due out in September. I shared the link and became curious about the person singing. Who was she and what made her decide to put herself out there on youtube? I contacted Laurie and asked her a few questions.
lovelyleslie41: Tell me about your background in music.
LL: My first love was musical theatre. I was in plays and musicals in middle school and high school. I did community and regional theatre and I also went to college at a musical theatre conservatory in New York City. After feeling that the lifestyle of a “professional auditioner” wasn’t for me, I turned to rock and roll. This is where I found my voice literally and figuratively. This is where and when I came alive. I felt the freedom to express myself as opposed to trying to fit into the mold of an “actress”.
lovelyleslie41: What influences you musically?
LL: When I write lyrics my influences are mostly from relationships and experiences with men. It is my emotional outlet and it gives me control back over something that I feel that could easily control me.
Musically, the Dave Matthews Band started it all for me. In 2007, I met Dave on the street in New York City after seeing him and Tim Reynolds in concert at Radio City. This caused me to want to learn to play guitar. I had to ‘touch whatever it was that touches him’ when he plays. I picked up my guitar that was collecting dust in the corner and started to learn some chords. Teaching myself became easier because of my past lessons in piano, vocal, and music theory lessons from school. I learned the transference of emotion through music by studying Dave Matthews’ songwriting. I began playing guitar while I was discovering the entire catalog. Other artists that influence me are Phish, Foo Fighters, Amos Lee, Ani DiFranco, and Jack White. I also feel very strongly connected to the hippie rock era of the 60’s.
lovelyleslie41: What are your aspirations in the world of music?
LL: I’d love to be the lead of a rock and roll band. I want to be able to sing and play on both guitar and piano in this band. I also want to put the mic down and just dance while they play and really get to enjoy the musicians that surround me doing what they do best. If I’m lucky enough in the future, I would love to return to my first love and star in a musical on Broadway.
Thank you to Laurie for taking the time to share with me. If you want to check out Laurie’s music go to: