An Interview With Marga Lane | Artist Spotlight

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 “SAFE TO SAY I’M ALL YOURS” – Thinking about you

Thinking about you’ is the breathtakingly stunning single from LA based Soulful-Pop Singer Songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist Marga Lane. Lane has performed at some incredibly notable venues across the US and recently caught the attention of Lance Bass who featured her on his Dirty Pop show on SiriusXM. Being a fellow N’sync fangirl I squealed with excitement when I heard. (🙌🏽 Paws up if N’ Sync was your life back in the day!) It’s definitely one to see and you can watch it by clicking the link here.

A rhythmic beauty; ‘Thinking about you’ is the opening track to Marga Lane’s forthcoming album ‘Undressed’. I don’t use this word lightly but believe me when I say that this upbeat yet seamlessly chilled acoustic song is pure ‘Perfection’. It’s the perfect blend of layered harmonies, a catchy melody, ad libs and silk like vocals. It’s the kind of song that will put a pep in your step and one you’ll want to have looped on repeat all day long. Easy listening Gold for sure. ‘Forgiven’ is the follow-up single to Thinking about you and Marga’s ability to tug at your heart-strings in the most sincere and mesmerising way doesn’t falter. Her artistry is second to none. With a distinctive voice and always authentic at the heart, her light radiates through her heartfelt, honest and relatable lyrics. Singing songs about love and loss in a very raw and real way makes Lane’s music easy to identify with, with each song acting as a reassuring reminder that there is someone out there that knows what you’re going through or has been there before. I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Marga Lane. I double dare you not to fall in love with her and her music by the end of this article. Marga Lane is truly an amazing artist.

HH: Tell us a little bit about yourself – What’s your background and how did you get started in music?

ML: I started playing piano at 6 and from there I fell in love with music and performing. A few years after piano, I started taking voice lessons and going to musical theater summer camps. Honestly, I have my parents to thank for putting me in all of these activities. My mom played the piano so I think it was only natural for her to get me started at such a young age. I also played the flute in band for 8 years and picked up playing guitar and drums in high school. It’s strange because I don’t really remember being drawn to anything else as a kid. I used to figure skate, but other than that music and dance were 24/7 for me.

HH: What is your earliest music memory?

ML: Music was always on in my house growing up. As far as early memory for myself, I’d have to say playing the piano at my 4th grade graduation ceremony.

HH: What are you listening to right now?

ML: A lot of Sam Hunt, Beyoncé, and Chris Brown.

HH: I love Sam Hunt’s Music! Do you have a guilty pleasure song or a song that you lose it to every time it comes on the radio?

ML: Oh my, that would be like every song for me. Whenever I listen to music on the radio or anywhere out with my friends, I always end up saying “this is my song” and it ends up being that by the end of the night every song is my song. haha I will say though, that any Michael Jackson song puts me in a great mood.

HH: Do you remember the 1st song you wrote and the inspiration behind it?

ML: I do actually. I was a junior in high school. It was called Illusions of You. haha I think the title explains it all. I had a crush but he didn’t like me back. Looking back on it now, it’s hilarious. I was handed a track from a guy who was in a band and he asked if I ever wrote to music and of course I lied and said yes. That’s when I fell in love with songwriting.

HH: Who are your key influences when it comes to creating Music? Is there anyone’s work you admire?

ML: I’m a huge fan of Ed Sheeran. As far as influences when creating my own music, I don’t really think about it. I guess I kind of draw from every artist I listen to because my musical palate is very broad. I’ll listen to country music but then go and listen to someone like Kendrick Lamar. I’ll listen to Beyonce but then in the same playlist there will be Sara Barrielles.

HH: I absolutely love your cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Give me Love’ – So powerful! I also really enjoyed your Debut E.P ‘Expressions’- a 5 track story of Love and Loss. You’re currently working on your forthcoming EP ‘Undressed’ which is due to be released in December. How did the creative process differ between the two projects? What can we expect from the new EP?

ML: The creative process for Undressed was completely different than Expressions. Expressions was produced with the pop/urban genre in mind. Undressed is more soulful singer/songwriter, country-ish. – which is more true to who I am. Undressed is probably my favorite body of work. You can pretty much expect the same love and loss theme but you will definitely hear more love and the growth behind my voice and songwriting.

“When you kiss me, I get weak in my knees like SWV. You know it’s like Marvin and Tammi. You’re all that I need”

HH: One thing I absolutely love about the opening track ‘Thinking About You’ is that it showcases your incredible soulful voice and it’s stripped back, perfect for easy listening. In the song you make references to Marvin Gaye and SWV, which tells me you have great taste in music! Have you recently discovered any new artists or bands who you feel are under the radar and deserve more recognition that you’d like to share with us?

ML: Thank you so much! Of course, I had to mention the greats! 🙂 Right now, I’m really diggin’ these two artists, James Arthur and Parson James. I also think Wrabel is one to watch for. I’ve known him for a while and he’s a great talent.

HH: Writing can be very therapeutic, especially when going through a hard time. You write and sing a lot about love and lessons learned. Do you have any advice for anyone who is going through a heart-break?

ML: It may feel like it, but It’s not the end of the world. Find a creative outlet to help you through it. Whether it be music or art or even dance. I take a lot of dance classes and it’s just a great way to get lost in the music and have fun. I will also say let yourself feel your emotions, don’t bury them deep inside. Feeling deeply is good and sometimes we are taught to just suck it up and move on when we’re not ready and that’s when problems occur. Growth (in any situation) takes time. Embrace the struggle and you will eventually heal yourself.

HH: I read you attended Berklee College of Music in Boston. I’m a huge John Mayer fan (who also attended Berklee) and I’ve always been impressed by the extensive standout Alumni list that the college has. What was it like to grace the same halls that so many iconic music figures once walked through? Can you tell me about your fondest memory of your time there?

ML: I loved Berklee. It was such a great place, everyone was there for the same reason. Their love of music and meeting like-minded individuals. It’s so funny, because when I was there I didn’t really think about the famous people that have walked those hallways. Sometimes they would come back and have panels and that was when I would realize how cool it was to be at such a prestigious school. I guess I would have to say my fondest memory is playing with my band and meeting friends who I still stay in touch with.

HH: What was the last risk you took that paid off?

ML: Hiring my PR person. She has  been such a huge support and help with my project thus far.

HH: Proudest moment of your career so far?

ML: Interviewing with Lance Bass for his SiriusXM radio show, “Dirty Pop”. Nsync was pretty much my childhood, so it was pretty cool that Lance was a fan of my music.

HH: What is one thing you learnt this year that you wish you knew earlier?

ML: I can’t really think of anything. I’m learning something new every day but that just comes with growth. Musically, I guess I learned that having the right people around to help you with your vision is key. Before, I surrounded myself with everyone, but having a tight knit couple of people by your side accomplishes way more.

HH: If you could collaborate with anyone dead or alive, who would it be?

ML: Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake.

HH: Lastly, I’d like to “open up the floor” so to speak and ask you if you have any questions for me. Starting with ‘Hello Henrietta’ ask me absolutely anything. It could be a random question, one I’ve asked you, asking for advice or even a riddle, joke or the worst pick up line you’ve ever heard.

ML: Hello Henrietta, Do you play any instruments or sing? If so, which ones and if not, what instrument(s) do you wish you could play?

HH: I play a little Guitar, Piano and the Cornet/Trumpet. A little like yourself, my Mum (who comes from a family of brass players) got me into trumpet lessons when I was 8 years old. I took lessons, did a few grades and was in both the orchestra and a brass band throughout primary and secondary school. I’m so grateful I had those lessons because that is where I learnt how to read music. It’s very random now I think about it, but I was also part of the Steel Pan Band in primary school. I played the Double Tenor and have great memories from that but I wouldn’t have a clue on how to play it now! Haha! I recently got gifted a Ukulele so I’d love to master that as my next instrument. As for singing, I’m not much of a singer but I love a good karaoke session and I’ve been told I have a nice voice. Thanks for your question!

“I know I broke his heart a million different ways,
he always chose to stay”

Marga Lane is truly an inspiring and limitless talent. I can’t wait for the world to hear her music so I can proudly say I was a fan 1st! Be sure to keep up to date with her music journey at www.margalane.com Undressed is set to be released 2nd December on all outlets.

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