Up-and-coming singer LeA Robinson certainly comes from the right pedigree to make it in the music industry. You see her grandmother, Sylvia Robinson, was the lady who started Sugarhill Records with husband, Joe, in the 1970s. And, like LeA, Sylvia was also a singer and was the voice behind the unforgettable tune "Love Is Strange" (which you might remember from this Dirty Dancing moment). Now LeA is ready to step out from the shadow of that history and make it on her own... with some help from her rapper/producer cousin, Shanell "Lady Luck" Jones.
"Shanell and I have created one of the best projects I have ever heard before. My cousin is super-talented and with this project she allowed me to express myself and get even more comfortable with myself as artist and as a woman and just really diving into writing and production and all of those types of things," LeA told The Daily Dish about the album, tentatively scheduled for a mid February release. "It's a magical album."
But that doesn't mean that (much like her other family members) she also doesn't want the shot to take over Sugarhill Records and revive it into a household name once again. "I just think that Sugarhill is going to evolve into something in a label that is truly respected just like the mainstream labels of today. My dad says all the time Sugarhill wasn't really respected or acknowledged because it was founded by a woman and we're a huge label and people just need to see the history, And people need to see it's as big as a Def Jam or Capitol or one of those labels. It's definitely headed in that direction, especially with me here."
Before LeA gets her shot at being Sugarhill's newest boss lady, you should know how to spell her name correctly. "So my mom's name is Vernetta. My dad's name is Leland. So my mom got really, really creative one day and was like, 'I want to put both of our names together,'" LeA, with a capital A, recalled. "So she took the Le from my dad's name and the Netta from her name, put those two together, but was like, 'We still have to make you yourself. You have to have your own identity. So let's put the capital 'A' right there in the middle. And that's how LeAnetta came about."
Her unique identity also branches out into her wardrobe. "I just love to feel comfortable. I don't like to wear things that I can't breathe in cause I like to breathe and to able to wiggle around and dance and not feel like something's gonna pop out," she said. "I love Versace. Versace is beautiful."
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