Lindsey Harper has proven her talent as a musician time and time again with performances on Jimmy Fallon, Ellen DeGeneres, Good Morning America, and The People’s Choice Awards to name a few. She co-wrote and sang the title track of the indie film Loving Annabelle and is said to be one of the most talented students to graduate from Los Angeles’s prestigious Musician Institute.
Lindsey has even sung alongside Selena Gomez at Madison Square Garden, a venue most songwriters can only dream of performing at. But while hot on the track to success, Lindsey Harper made a bold move to leave the glitz and glamour of the industry and dedicate her life to her artistry, beginning with the release of her second album All Of Me later this year.
In our exclusive interview with Lindsey, the electric and powerful vocalist talks growing up with music, her inspirations, and how life has changed since the release of her debut album five years ago.
POPULOVE: Hey Lindsey! How are you today?
Lindsey Harper: Hey Corey, I am doing great! Excited to be sharing with you!
P: You sang backup for Selena Gomez. What was that like?
LH: When I first landed the gig, I actually couldn’t believe it. A good friend of mine, Ethan, was her guitar player and he hired me for a handful of Jingle Ball shows, and they decided to keep me! It was by far one of the coolest experiences I have had.
P: What was it like to be on the We Own The Night tour? Was that your first time touring?
LH: It was my first major tour and will always hold a special place in my heart. It was a really special tour because everybody genuinely got along. So you were basically traveling the world making music with your friends. I personally can’t imagine a better life. Selena has the best fans, and every night we would walk out on stage to so much love and support. It’s honestly the best feeling in the world. I had so much fun. Hopefully one day I will be able to do a tour like that with my own music.
P: Speaking of your own music, how did you first get started in singing and songwriting?
LH: My dad is actually a musician, and my little sister and I were always singing around the house. I would practice in front of the oven because I could see my full reflection and have enough room to dance (laughs). I started doing community theater when I was six and singing in school choirs starting around 4th grade. Songwriting came later when I was in collage. I realized that being a singer wasn’t going to be enough if I wanted to be an artist. I had to share my voice and be the voice for others as well.
P: Your style has been compared to Sara Bereilles, Adele, and Ingrid Michaelson. Are there any artists who have had an impact on your sound?
LH: Those are all amazing artists who I respect very much. I have also been influenced by an artist named Eva Cassidy who has a truly amazing story. You should look her up. Also, I wish I could write songs like James Taylor and play like Billy Joel. I would be set!
P: You’re currently working on your second album, All Of Me. What can we expect from this album?
LH: It’s going to be raw, stripped down, and the most honest I have ever been, but a bit more fun at the same time. A little more soulful, R&B flare.
P: Your debut album Living dropped in 2009. How has your artistry changed since then?
LH: I have evolved and lived a lot of life in the past five years. I am digging deeper, and I want to connect with others and hope they can relate more because I am more open.
Lindsey Harper is an artist we can’t un-hear. Her music has the vulnerability and earthiness of a country singer with the instrumental richness of some of music’s greatest icons and vocals powerful enough to fill an arena. Listen for yourself on iTunes here or by visiting the music section of LindseyHarper.com here. All Of Me is expected to drop in July. You can also find Lindsey’s covers of other artists’ songs at her YouTube here. Leave a comment of support for Lindsey at the bottom of this page if you’re excited for the upcoming album All Of Me!