We were fortunate enough to talk ish with R&B Singer…Leigh Bush!!! Over the past few years, we all have grown to love and know Leigh Bush as Sammie who has made hits such as Crazy Things I Do, I Like It, Hardball, You Should Be My Girl, Come With Me, and that’s only just to name a few. Leigh Bush is currently working on his next project, The Leigh Bush Project 2. Lets catch up with Leigh Bush…
3 Voices: You have been singing for quite some time now. What inspired you to become a singer?
Leigh Bush: I developed the gift of song or I realized that I had the gift of song, I should say… when I was 4 years young. I grew up in a church, of course and my mother, she would sing [as well as] my father, my uncles, my aunties, and my grandparents. Just watching the reaction to the crowd and joy that they did and gave off of… it kind of ignited me to give it a try. I got my very first standing ovation when I was 4 years young in church. Every since then, I never wanted to let that feeling go. And at the age of 8, I knew that this was something that I wanted to pursue as a professional.
3 Voices: Who are some artists that have influenced your music career?
Leigh Bush: My father put me on Stevie wonder as a youngin’ and I’m very appreciative of that. I think he’s easily the greatest of all time as far as songwriting ability, his instrumentation, the substance and the content that he touches on, I think is amazing. I think that he’s one of the most gifted people to walk this earth. I grew up watching Usher, grow from a boy to a man; R. Kelly is undoubtedly still the King of R&B to me, and then Marvin Gaye. And in no chronological order but those are like my biggest musical influences.
You have to appreciate longevity. I think in our generation we don’t realize how remarkable that is, but R. Kelly has been in the game 20 plus years and is still relevant in my eyes; I want to say his last LP is almost Gold. I think the ability to innovate is something to praise and give glory to.
3 Voices: We all knew as Sammie for a while now but you recently introduced the world to Leigh Bush. Tell us about Leigh Bush? Is there a difference between Leigh Bush and Sammie?
Leigh Bush: Yeah, I think when you think Sammie, you think “I Like It”, you think ‘Crazy Things I Do For Love’, ‘Hardball’, ‘You Should Be My Girl’ ‘Come With Me’, ‘Kiss Me Through The Phone’. Those are like my big youth commercial records that touched the masses of all over the world, so I’m very appreciative of the things I’ve accomplished and the love & support from my fans. Leigh Bush is just me becoming a man; I’m 27 now, so the things that I talk about aren’t things that Sammie can relate to per se. Again as an artist it’s our job to innovate. I don’t care who you are, any time you come out it’s a new you. You have to keep the attention of the fans that you already grabbed and at the same time, you have to captivate the attention of an entirely new audience. So that’s what Leigh Bush is about. For those who been on the Sammie wave they are familiar with me and of course now there’s a whole new generation underneath me that this is probably their first time ever hearing of me. So Leigh Bush is just that man who stands up for passion, substance, and in a sense of vulnerability as far as R&B music is concerned because I feel like that’s lacking in today’s music.
It’s been 15 years of doing music, traveling the world, and just being able to grow and see new things and meet new people. So, as I was saying with R. Kelly, longevity is very important for myself as well.
3 Voices: Out of all the things you managed to accomplish throughout you’re career and places you have been, what has been your most memorable experience so far?
Leigh Bush: The older you get, I think you start to appreciate the beginning a little more. Looking back on all the things I’ve accomplished, I guess when I was 12, 13 and 14 years young, from being number one at the age of 12 on Billboard for 4 weeks. Sometimes when I look at my plaques and I’m like above Jay Z and Mariah Carey, these living icons that’s like something to be proud of, looking back at it. So I would say the beginning because you’ll never get that again as far as just the freshness of it. Once you grow up and become a veteran in the game, it’s about sustaining and being at an elite level for as long as possible. Once you get to the top, it’s kind of like nowhere but the bottom. I hate to say that, but that’s just how it is. So reflecting on the accomplishments that I achieved my first time around and I guess make plaques and making blueprints for executives to go out and seek young talent. After me came Bow Wow, B2K and the amazing Chris Brown. I think I influenced a lot of executives to start going to seek other young talent, I guess this generation takes a stand for the early 2000s. It’s just cool to look back and see all I’ve accomplished and how far I’ve come and all the barricades I’ve overcame as well.
3 Voices: We’ve noticed that you have been posting samples on social media of yourself singing new songs you have been recording. When can the people expect The Leigh Bush Project Part 2?
Leigh Bush: This Fall. I was just talking to a friend of mine, a songwriter of mine and it seems to me that’s when my music connects with the people the most. I did a mixtape titled Insomnia back in 2012, over a year’s time it has touched over 500,000 people so that was pretty dope. I just come with that music that real night time, mellow when you want to wind down, I got that kind of vibe when I create in the studio, so this Fall we’ll definitely be releasing The Leigh Bush Part 2. I’m very excited about it because it’s such a sexy project and so much love in it. I think the fans are really going to appreciate and get insight on the passionate and sexual side of me.
3 Voices: Will there be any features on the album or EP?
Leigh Bush: Yeah, possibly Teyanna Taylor is in the works. I have something that’s on the album with Trey Songz already that I’m just holding in my music library. I reached out to my little homie, August Alsina also so a few features but I always try to keep them down though because when I do music, I try to give the people more so me. I personally don’t like too many features because then it sounds like a compilation album. I just think that R&B should try to minimize that as much as possible. I only pull those favors when I feel like the record genuinely calls for that person. I’m never going to be one of those artists that just reach out for a plethora of features just to get by. I don’t really appreciate that too much.
3 Voices: Can we expect to see Mr. Leigh Bush on the movie screen?
Leigh Bush: I just had a business meeting pertaining to music but with my personality, I’m 85-95% silly and goofy. The guy asked me have I tried out acting. That’s I definitely something I want to dabble into especially as I’m aging. But I have such a respect for that craft, I would want to take acting classes and courses to make sure I can be the best when I hit the big screen. I see so many artists get these gigs and certain scripts because they’re them but they don’t really fit that character. I never want to come off that way, as I develop and grow in that craft, I would definitely love to take my talent to the big screen one day.
3 Voices: What would be you ideal role to play in any movie?
Leigh Bush: I would go the more humorous route first because naturally like I said that’s where I’m comfortable at. As I grow in the craft, I would like to be able to do a plethora of different roles. I don’t really like to put myself in a cubicle so we’ll see where that takes me, we’re going to take that one step at a time.
3 Voices: What’s the next for Leigh Bush? Are there any exclusives you can share with us?
Leigh Bush: We’re still doing shows all over the nation, in the U.S., as well as overseas, so I’m staying on the road staying in front of the people. As I said the Leigh Bush Project 2 will be out this Fall. I’m working on my book also, it’s entitled Good To Know. I just think some male that’s experienced with women needs to speak for our generation because I think dating is so different from how our parents were raised because we have social media. I think there’s going to be a day when you ask how I met your wife and somebody can say Twitter or Facebook or Instagram and I think those things need to be tackled. I don’t think women should think like men, I don’t think men should think like women. I think we should all take time just to understand how different we are and how we can co-exist in a peaceful, respectful manner. So I’m writing a book called “Good To Know”, just giving the incite on the mentality of a man in our generation. So I can’t wait to complete that and doing the album. That’s really my passion, the music, so it goes right back to that.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Leigh Bush on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and etc.?
Leigh Bush: My Instagram as well as my Twitter is @MrLeighBush. Do follow; I’m on there every day, I’m active. And then my website is leighbush.com, you can check out my latest blogs there as well as download the latest music via Google play or iTunes. But Mr. Leigh Bush is where you can find me.
And there you have it! You heard it all from Leigh Bush himself! Be sure to follow him on all social media sites and check out his official website www.leighbush.com for all the latest news and music pertaining Leigh Bush. Much more success to you Leigh Bush, be sure to keep in touch.
Here’s Leigh Bush’s single, Free Falling: