Featured Rock the Vote Artist
|1. November Skies (11-11-11)||Lea Sunshine||Single||Pop||4:19|
|2. Star Spangled Banner||Lea Sunshine||National Anthem||Pop||1:36|
Tell us about your first concert experience:
My first concert experience was Boys II Men back in 1996. I went with my mother and sister and had such a great time. I was such a huge fan of Boys II Men, so seeing them live definitely told me that this was my dream!
If you couldn’t be a musician, what would you be doing instead?
I would probably be doing something that has to do with fitness. Fitness is a huge part of my life! Opening a fitness studio is definitely in my long-term plans.
If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Although it is not really in my genre, it would be a dream to collaborate with Jack White. I think he is a musical GENIUS!
If you became President, what is the first action you would take?
I think the first action that I would take is education. Education is so important and continues to be a challenge for the US. We need to continue to invest in the future leaders of our country.
What social cause is closest to your heart?
The fight against AIDS is one that is most definitely closest to my heart. I lost two uncles to AIDS and have made it my duty to bring awareness and education to the growing epidemic. I’ve joined the Latino Commission on AIDS as its first-ever Youth Ambassador, working closely with city youth to educate them on the importance of awareness, prevention and testing.
What does the right to vote mean to you?
To me, voting is freedom. It is the right to be a part of a significant change in the world that we all live in. Voting gives us the opportunity to be the change that we want to see.
What bands or artists did you listen to when you were in high school? And which bands or artists influenced your style the most?
I listened to a lot of R&B and Hip Hop growing up. I’ve always been a major Mariah Carey fan, so her style definitely influenced me and still does to this day. I LOVE her falsetto and tried imitating it growing up and have adapted my own style since! Mary J Blige is also a big influence.
What activity or group were you involved with in high school that might surprise people today?
A lot of people will be surprised to know that I used to be a gymnast. I was involved in gymnastics in high school and can still do a pretty mean handstand!
What's the biggest obstacle that you had to overcome in high school? (could be personal or academic)
Most of my friends were starting to cut school and miss out a lot on classes. I was probably the only one that wasn’t cutting school. It was tempting, since I’d always hear all of the funny stories about the parties and beach trips that my friends were making. But I knew that the trouble I would get in at school and home was definitely not worth it!
Do you do any volunteer or community work when you're not on tour?
My commitment to the Latino Commission on AIDS stands as my number one priority when I am not recording or performing.
What change would you like to see in our society in the next year?
I would like to see people become more involved with what is going on in the world. Although reality TV is a guilty pleasure for us all, I think balance is very important. We should start cutting back on the amount of reality TV that we watch and start watching more world news. Knowing not only what is happening in our country, but around the world as well – and consequently, how it affects us all. Becoming involved with causes! We have to lead by example. Don’t complain – be the change!