On Friday, October 19, Leah Griffith ’14 joined John Gaglione P’11,’15 for a session in the school’s newly renovated sound recording and mixing studio. Griffith covered a song by artist Kimbra and performed two original pieces with voice and acoustic guitar. We caught up with her during some of that ultra-valuable down time during exam week to chat about her talent and vision-where does she want to go, what does she want to be.
Your sound is so unique and music so expressive. How long have you been playing and singing? How long have you been performing for an audience?
I learned how to play the guitar in sixth grade, and I will never forget my first time playing and singing for an audience of my peers in seventh grade. Thank you for the compliment regarding my style; I have also had formal voice training as part of a summer experience.
What reward do you feel from making music? What motivates you?
I love when my music conveys emotion and makes someone “feel” as opposed to just “hear.” When I’m in the zone with the notes and runs, its electric and feels really good. Connecting with another person through music is magical, and I hope that my passion fosters an understanding.
What was the goal of your studio sessions?
Mr. Williams approached me and said ‘hey we’ve just finished the recording room and would love for you to try it out.’ The sound was amazing, and I think its very cool and truly unique to be able to play, record, and mix in a facility like the one we have at MVS.
Are you looking into post-secondary music programs? What colleges are at the top of your list?
I am very excited this weekend to visit the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and the Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College. But, the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University is also high on my list.
What are your life goals, and how will music play a role?
Wow! That’s an excellent question, and while a year ago I would have told you it changes daily, I’ve made a decision recently that I think will drive my future. I want to break into the industry with my music. I feel confident that I am at a place where I can take this risk, and if I don’t go for it now, I know that I would regret it later. I feel good. I enjoy my sound. And, I have friends and family who support me.
Leah Griffith ’14 Studio Sessions: