It takes a lot of courage as an Indie artist to get out there and make your mark. For many, it takes a bit to get noticed in the industry but for Leandra McNair, that doesn’t seem possible because she shines brighter than most. She was born with star power, which is evident on her EP Lucky, released back in December.
With idols like Janelle Monae, Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill, how could McNair lose? She’s been described as alternative soul with a bit of a hip hop influence and a distinct jazz background. Not only that but McNair has vocals and she’s not afraid to use them. Her songwriting chops aren’t too bad either, which proves to be true on her latest release.
Lucky kicks off with single “U I Wanna C”, which was a smart decision. It’s a timeless anthem that will relate to many of all ages and genders. It’s an organic sound, displaying McNair’s strong vocal ability. Following “U I Wanna C” is the title track and her latest single “Lucky”. It’s a track, much like “U I Wanna C” where many can relate to. It’s a joyful sound with an infectious beat that will make anyone’s day. Her vocals display strength during the electronic instrumentation, which will make anyone feel lucky in love.
“Little Boy Blue” and “Alcohol and Misery” are probably the highlight reel. Not only are the lyrics exceptionally profound but McNair’s ability to draw the listener into the story is a rare talent that can’t go unnoticed. “Little Boy Blue” is a bluesy, yet sexy track showcasing a different side to McNair that we haven’t seen yet on the EP. “I feel like I know you from another life / but I’ve never even seen you before / not that I recognize your face but I recognize your soul / your soul / and you love me for who I am,” she sings in the pre-chorus inviting her listeners in. “Alcohol and Misery” is another raw track, wearing her heart on her sleeve with an infectious pop beat and lyrics you can’t ignore.
The soulful “I Bet” draws you in almost immediately. It’s a sultry jazz number, which allows McNair’s vocals shine as a rising powerhouse. The track tells a story about the songstress being moved by her gentlemen. “It was you I was waiting on / And darling, I bet it was you,” she sings to her love. It’s powerful, and worthy of being on the radio.
If there is any artist you need to watch this year, it is Leandra McNair. She’s a hidden gem in the industry today and one that deserves to perform on large stages in front of a million adoring fans. Her time will come and when it does, she’ll shine brighter than she is right now.
You can stream Lucky now on Apple Music