Spotlight on songwriter and rap artist LeAnne Underwood

| December 4, 2015
Jeanie Summerville

Jeanie Summerville

By Jeanie Summerville

What’s up, babies?

This week, on our journey of love as we get to know one another better, have we got a treat for you. We all know that rap music is here to stay, just like rock-n-roll but this particular rapper isn’t putting it out there the dirty language way—she’s doing it clean.  She writes her own material, telling stories of life that she feels need to be told because people can relate to it.  And, as you read her story, you’ll learn how GOD played a major role.  So at this time all we’d like for you to do is just sit back, relax and enjoy.  Or stand and jump and shout if you want to!  You can do that because Frost Illustrated is going to take you there:

LeAnne "Lele" Underwood

LeAnne “Lele” Underwood

“Hello, Frost Illustrated readers.  My name is LeAnne ‘Lele’ Underwood and I’m an independent female rap artist and songwriter that was born and raised in Fort Wayne, Ind.  I’ve been working on my music really hard and several days ago, there was a guy out of New York that emailed me and we ended up talking on the telephone about a record deal.  I told him, I’ll have to think about it because that’s the first offer I’ve received thus far and I don’t want to put myself in something and then something better comes along, which he understand on his end. Plus, I have to do some more research and check him out.  

“I speak positive rap and I speak rap for different ages and I want to show them out here that you don’t have to speak that nonsense to make your voice heard.  I don’t use vulgar language but I may say a couple of words that are not a big deal. It’s just out of determination to get a point across.  But, I tell a story in my music so someone can follow me and I know that a lot of people in this world can relate to the stories that I tell.

“I’ve only been rapping, for not even a year and I get so much recognition.  People notice my talent through my music and I’ve brought people to tears from it.  I’ve had people extend their arms and say, ‘See these chills on my body?’  I bring it out of people with my music because I speak from my heart.  A person asked me one day, ‘How do you remember all of your songs?’  I said, if you speak something from the heart, how can you not remember it.  

“I’ve even had a couple of bands approach me, when I performed for a festival at McMillen Park this past summer.  They wanted to work with me but since I’m just started I told them, I’d get back with them once I start doing shows.  But in the meantime, I’ve been doing all of this work independently along with my great producer Tom Temple.  I definitely have to give him credit because his quality is what motivates me more and when I first recorded my song with him, the first thing he told me was, ‘I love your work because you tell a story in your songs.’  This came from someone I had never met before in my life and I’ve been working with him every since.  So I spend a lot of time in the recording studio and writing.

“When I’m doing this, it makes my soul happy and I’ve never been happier before in my life.  God showed me my purpose and what would make me happy.

“How it all started, I was employed by a factory making RVs and semi trucks, so I had a good job that paid good money.  But on March 21, 2014, I was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a very bad accident, we were t-boned.  I lost that job and became disable a little bit and fell into a depression state.  I got behind on my bills because I picked up so many big responsibilities from when I was working and everything started hitting the fan for me.  And, I wasn’t able to handle all of that pressure, so it took into depression and at one point, I wanted to take my life because I felt I couldn’t deal with it.  I also felt I didn’t have support on my team and I asked God to please forgive me for that thought.  Then I got down on my knees and prayed, ‘My Heavenly Father, will you please take this spirit away from me and I apologized for those selfish thoughts that crossed my mind and I asked Him, mold me into the women He wants me to be.  

“Two days later, I was writing my first song entitled ‘I Apologize for My Sins.’  After that, I got a hit on Sound Cloud with my song ‘Real Life’ and got over 5,000 views within 24 hours. The beauty behind it is, I never wrote a song before in my life and I never rapped either and that’s how I know, it’s from God.

“Ever since I was little, I’ve always been a people person and very out spoken and people always came to me for advice all the time.  That continued throughout all of my life, even to this day and people that don’t even know me, confess to me about their personal problems in life.  So, they feel comfortable with me and I kind of, figured my purpose on earth but I never had a chance to do it because I was constantly working in a factory.  Which basically took my life away because I spent my life there and so I wasn’t able to sit back and really focus on my purpose until the car accident and I believe God wants me out here.

“From that point on, I set goals for myself.  I want to make a couple of hits for my work here and then, sit back and write for different artist.  But, one thing I will not do is sell my soul and write violence. I will never do that and I’ll let them know up front.  I also want to own a record label, produce and manage young boys and girls that want to be in that lifestyle in music because I want to direct them in the right direction.  To give you a prime example, some young boys ran up to me at a gas station and said, ‘I know you I’ve seen you rapping and I want to rap with you.’  I said, ‘Let me hear what you can do, young man.’  Then he started talking that violence and I said, ‘Stop right there.  You don’t have to speak like that to get your voice heard.’  He said, ‘I’ll do whatever you want me to do and you can write my song and I’ll do it.’  I have changed about 10 young men lives in Fort Wayne and now they speak differently on their rap by watching me and how I do it and seeing all the attention I’m getting in such a short time.

“I have so many people on Facebook that in-boxed me, that I don’t even know saying, ‘Real recognize real music, I love your style, you’re very talented,’ and etc.  I hear those things all the time since I’ve been writing and if you’d like to hear a sample of my music just YouTube, Lele love on Sound Cloud, my twitter account @lele love or contact me at (260) 206-1233 or my email underwood1975.lu@gmail.com.  I have a big project coming up that I know everyone will love and I want everyone to support me and give me the opportunity to bring good music out here in this world because my voice will definitely be heard sooner or later around the whole world, I promise.                                                                                                

“The advice I have for young aspiring artist is, keep pushing it.  You definitely have potential because if you didn’t, you wouldn’t be doing it and you don’t have to sale your soul to make their voice heard.  Because one day, we all have to pass away and you want to leave good memories behind not bad ones.  With so much violence today, I think that rap music is causing much violence in the world because these young boys are growing up and looking up to rappers and how they’re talking and I got to help change that.”

Now in closing I say, great job, LeAnne, keep up the great work and I hope all of your dreams and aspirations becomes your reality.  So until next week, you’ve been Up Close with Jeanie.  Bye, bye, babies.

P.S.  If you would like The Spotlight shined upon you or someone that you know, all in the name of love,  just send me an e-mail to upclosewithjeanie@yahoo. com.  I’d love to hear from you.

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