'AOL RISE' Rising Artist: Jeff LeBlanc
A native New Yorker, 29-year-old Jeff LeBlanc's new album, Vision, looks to distinguish him from a crowded field of singer/songwriters. Somewhat R&B and somewhat soulful, the record elevates his signature blend of smooth pop to a higher level –- all the while tackling sounds and topics he has yet to explore in his previous efforts.
"I really challenged myself on this project," said LeBlanc, who, since releasing his first EP "Signals" in 2009, has epitomized success as an independent artist by netting two top ten albums on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart (2011's Worth Holding On To & 2013's My Own Way There) and scoring dozens of television placements.
"I went into the studio each and every day, focused to create something deeper than I ever had before."
The core of the record was tracked in Nashville's legendary Sound Emporium studios and the results are evident. There is a distinct energy to Vision –- with its timeless warmth and unique clarity that is instantly refreshing.
Listening to this album feels like catching up with an old friend over a cup of coffee. In the track "Stumbled", Jeff shares the blunders of re-entering the dating scene and the heartbreak of falling for someone too fast –- all set to a lighthearted infectious groove.
"Say Anything You Want", is a response to all those in your life who criticize or doubt you, with a boastful almost arrogant tone, the song drives home the message that no one has the right to put you down. "Why Do I Worry" is one of LeBlanc's most lyrically personal songs to date. "Sometimes I waste my days just thinking," he says. "We all worry about the things that we can't control."
Vision is the work of an artist who, through self-evaluation, has given us a snapshot into his soul. The songs have a mature perspective on many issues that young adults face, as well as those who have a few more years in their pocket. "I hope that the listeners can see themselves in my experiences," LeBlanc said, "yet find their own interpretation on how the words relate to them."
LeBlanc's trajectory will only continue to rise. He's the kind of guy you root for. His natural musical skills coupled with his genuine likability makes him a success in the eyes of his fans and those that get to meet him.
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