RYL: tell us about your new album “Invincible” ; are you happy about the work you have done so far? What it does mean for you lyrically speaking?
Shayne Leighton: “Invincible” and its release has meant a couple of things for me. It is both my coming out party and at the same time, it’s me, reinventing myself.
For the listeners who are already familiar with my work, this is a horse of a whole new color. I’ve released a lot of pop tracks for fun, but I think they’ll find “Invincible” has a serious new direction and message.
I hope they’ll all be excited about it. For those new listeners, I think “Invincible” will help them discover a whole new side to female-fronted rock. My collective goal is to pass on an empowering message to everyone.
Lyrically speaking, I think (and hope) the album does the job.
RYL: What do the lyrics of “Invincible” means for you?
Shayne Leighton: Each song in “Invincible” has an incredibly powerful and driven message, whether it’s directed at life (in general), romance, aspirations, or whatever – I think the lyrics of each song can be inspiring in some way to someone.
For me, the album is a message to the world about who I am right now at this point in my life. It’s a message of how I’ve matured and what my next steps are.
The EP is incredibly personal, but at the same time, I hope a lot of listeners can relate to it.
RYL: Is there a common meaning/theme between all the songs of the album?
Shayne Leighton: There is definitely a common denominator, which is self-confidence. I think each song expresses maintaining your confidence, whether it’s in a romance relationship or dealing with a next phase of life.
RYL: Do you remember how have you written your first song?
Shayne Leighton: I wrote my first song on a keyboard my mom got for me one year as a gift. I was about sixteen.
It was a really silly pop song, but it was the beginning of a greater awareness in my musical direction.
RYL: how do you, usually, write the lyrics and music of your songs?
Shayne Leighton: For this project, I have to be honest and say I did not write the lyrics. I have Mark Vogel, Mike and Daniel George, and Rachel Golding for that. They are very talented, and I could not express this message through this music without them!
RYL: Which is the most important thing for you while doing music?
Shayne Leighton: I think the most important thing is reaching people. I love it when I get feedback, good or critiquing, as I just love the nature of music in general. It’s the easiest way we can express our emotions.
My favorite part about the process is definitely performing live, because it gives me direct access to meeting the listeners and it’s so much fun!
RYL: Which is the best verse you ever wrote?
Shayne Leighton: Well, my favorite verse on the EP is from “Wolf At My Door” and it’s:
Batten down the hatches
When the moon’s full and bright
Checking all your locks and latches
There’s a wolf loose tonight…
RYL: Which is the last song you wrote (not published yet)?
Shayne Leighton: Haven’t got any yet, but I have a concept for my debut LP (full-length album), and I definitely want to start writing those songs as soon as possible!
RYL: Tell us about your projects of touring this summer…
Shayne Leighton: I’ve just completed the first two stops on my debut tour, Rock It Like a Redhead. They were to Austin and Nashville. I travel next to Seattle, Chicago, and New York! I’m very excited about New York!