Having received the Emirates Woman Of The Year Award (young talent category) not-so-long-ago, Leah Depala's music has leaped a milestone earning her space in the musicá-locale but remains true to her character: a curious amalgam of the traditional and the modern echoed by her outlandish fashion sense. Part of the reason for her laid-back lifestyle, not weary of the pressures of the standards — or pressures — set by the auteurs of the music industry. Nostalgic but looks forward to what's ahead of her budding music endeavors, Leah recalls the emotions of an indelible experience.
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“The first song I ever wrote, was written at 13 and was titled 'Cold,' and it touched on a hypothetical failed relationship.
"To be completely honest I went into the ceremony preparing myself for the worst, as I was going up against some talented and huge names from numerous industries, so to hear my name called up to the front was probably the most surreal thing I have ever experienced." Counting her blessings, she forever cherishes those few moments: eternally grateful for everyone who believed and voted for her.
My name is Leah Depala, I'm a 15-year-old singer/songwriter from London, based in Dubai. Growing up, I was always surrounded by music, especially as my dad is a very talented singer, so a lot of my inspiration came from him.
Artists that I'm inspired by include Lorde, as she became very successful at such a young age, as well as The Weeknd, Brent Faiyaz, and The Neighborhood.
My songs tend to revolve around romantic situations [where] I picture myself, in order to accurately write relatable lyrics for my listeners.
A line from a famous song that I love, although there are so many, would be "I had all and then most of you / Some and now none of you," from 'The Night We Met' by Lord Huron, as that song will always hold a special place in my heart.
I'm inspired by...
Apart from music, something else that gives me an escape from the busyness of life would be my friends and family, the amount of support and love I receive from them in times of hardship is so heartwarming and I will forever be grateful for them all.
The first thing that comes to mind when I'm asked about what makes me smile, is when I unexpectedly see my friends and family listening and singing along to my songs. Knowing I have their full support is so fulfilling and nothing makes me smile more.
is this what I want to share with the world
In my opinion, what distinguishes an unfinished and finished song in the songwriting process, is probably this very distinct feeling of satisfaction I get. I ask myself, is this what I want to share with the world, and will this song have the desired effect on the audience that I had initially intended, and this is usually a helpful method I use to be sure that the final product is what I wanted it to be.
"My dream would be to work with artists like Lana Del Rey, Khalid, A$AP Rocky or The Weeknd, as I feel their music styles complement mine and our voices would work nicely together."Follow Leah Depala: