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Music is more than sound for local singer-songwriter Austin Leach

Music is more than sound for local singer-songwriter Austin Leach

Austin Leach plays some tunes near the Denton Square. January 18, 2018.

Music is more than sound for local singer-songwriter Austin Leach
February 14
22:40 2018

Local singer-songwriter Austin Leach looks down at his coffee as he recalls his earliest memory of his desire for music as a young boy, the process of making his music come to life and his long-term goals mixed with what he does on a day-to-day basis.

“I remember being 7 or 8 years-old and finding a passion for how music was written in the classical sense,” Leach said. “Which later led to the best gift at 10 years-old — a drum set, which then led to everything else.”

The 24-year-old Fort Worth native has come a long way since, as he now finds himself making a breakthrough with local listeners.

“I knew he had talent, especially after second grade when he sang ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ and all the parents were on their feet singing along with him,” Austin’s mother Susan Leach said.

Talent at a young age wasn’t always easy to navigate for Leach when he looks back on his musical process bringing him to where he is now.

“Through trial and error, doing a lot of things terribly and then moderately OK and building up,” Leach said. “You have to give people something to care about.”

Upon his most recent releases from mid-2017, “Mama,” “Wished It Was You” and “Looking,” the local songwriter noticed a popular audience gravitation toward his lead single “Mama.”

DFW singer-songwriter Austin Leach looking over Ed Sheeran’s ‘Divide’ album at Recycled Books in Denton, Texas. Ashley Gallegos

“The song actually came about as I was house-sitting for a friend.” Leach said. “It wasn’t a story, but there was a progression and the line ‘I should have listened to my mama’ streamed out [of me] and I actually really liked it.”

In what seemed like a moment of musical magic, Leach uncovered the cultivation of his accidental new song and soon found a collaboration in the right studio team in January 2017.

“We are both songwriters and aspiring artists, so we would bounce ideas off the other for advice and perspective,” vocal coach Amanda Visser said. “Eventually that led to Austin asking for help with vocals.”

The first time Leach heard the song for himself, he was on the way to Tulsa, Oklahoma, from Dallas, Texas, to visit his grandma.

“My favorite part of performing is finding the connection piece with the audience to take my personal experiences in hopes that someone else will relate,” Leach said. “But it’s still nerve-racking.”

Drawing inspiration from Ed Sheehan and Coldplay, Leach manages to find ways to bring songs to life with catchy rhythms and easily relatable lyrics.

While keeping strong values from childhood, Leach maintains his faith is what keeps him going day-to-day in finding the courage to go out and express his story and life through music.

“I think the most inspiring thing about Austin chasing his dreams is his outlook on life, people and how he can help others be a better people,” Susan said. “His music has never been about him, it’s always how his lyrics will impact another.”

Though he has many long-term goals in the music realm, the singer hopes to continue showing off his music and collaborating with other artists.

“[I strive] to constantly be around people who are challenging me and who are life-giving,” Leach said.

In the music world, creating something out of nothing can be a whirlwind of anxiety, pushing the limit of the creativity within an artist, but that doesn’t intimidate Leach. In fact, the one-man band has upcoming shows taking place in California and Chicago later this year.

“[You have to] be okay with not being your best right off the bat, and to enjoy the process,” Leach said. “Be vulnerable to the process to learn through it all.”

Featured Image: Austin Leach plays his guitar near the downtown square in Denton, Texas. Ashley Gallegos

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  1. Ed cox
    Ed cox February 16, 13:27

    Nice article! Keep at it Austin. You have many people behind you, supporting you.

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