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The Wait – Six Crucial Questions for Musician David Leonard

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If you didn’t know that David Leonard sings songs of Christian worship, you wouldn’t automatically connect his latest album The Wait to belief and the higher power.

The music is impressive – anthemic at times – and rivals any pop or indie album we’ve heard this year or last. Yeah, it’s that solid.

If you’re one of those folks who like a splash of religious sunshine mixed in with your music, you’re going to be charmed instantly.

And if you’re one of those people who prefer to keep religion and music at an arm’s length, we think you’ll crack a smile of surprise… and dig this one, too.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS for DAVID LEONARD

NAME: David Leonard 

BAND: David Leonard

HOMETOWN: Monticello, AR

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

I think for me, it was sitting around the piano with my grandma. She was either playing piano or playing organ. I just remember sitting and listening to her and being captured by what she could create with her hands. I loved it and always loved hearing her play. She would start to sing, and my dad would usually come around, and they would sing together. I just always remember those moments were really sweet.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

My most embarrassing musical moment probably happened in my high school band. I remember my grandmother bought me this mic stand and it was awesome. It was a straight stand, but it had that little gripper on it, and you could raise it up and down. I used it at the first show and I was dancing around on stage and I threw it forward. I went to catch it and I stepped on the base of it. The mic stand came back and clipped me right in the nose! I broke my nose and it was crazy. I had to run off stage to make sure I wasn’t bleeding all over the place. I did come back and finish the show, so that was pretty awesome. It was like a punk show (it wasn’t a punk show, but it would’ve been cooler if it was!)

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

I think the toughest thing about touring is being away from home. I have two girls and my wife, and it’s always hard being away from them for long periods of time. It’s always fun to get out there and share songs with people though. And to hear their stories and connect with people who have connected with the music. I love it.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

There are so many good ones! I think I’ve found some of my favorite records at Goodwill, honestly. I remember we were doing this one tour and I made it a mission to every day find a Goodwill in every city that we were in. I bought so many records on that tour, and some are my favorite records to this day.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

That’s pretty tough. I think it’s hard to go wrong with Wildflowers by Tom Petty. But I guess my favorite record of all-time is Bringing Down The Horse by the Wallflowers. Doesn’t matter what season of life I’m in, I can put that record on, and I am constantly taken back and I feel good!

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

I would check in with my wife. But that’s probably not a good call because she’s not going to be able to help me if I’m in Berlin. So, maybe the embassy? You choose!

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of David Leonard