Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Alright, so my real name is Joshua Standridge. I was born in Georgia. If I were to give an area I would say Metro Atlanta or Lawrenceville was where I was born. I migrated throughout the metro area in my life span. When I was younger I basically moved around a lot though because my parents were always in and out of jobs, so we were in and out of homes. My home was definitely not the best situation a kid could have grown up in. I grew up in a home of domestic and substance abuse until I was about 18 or 19, so most of my life. Both parents at some point using drugs, and my dad being a drinker, physically abusive, and in and out of jail. Don’t get me wrong though in the end no matter what we have been through they are my parents, and I love them. Everything with my parents and myself connection wise is a lot better now, but I don’t want to get too deep into that really right now . It definitely made me who I am though, and has pushed me to be the better person I am today. I played sports up until 9th grade when my parents split and we couldn’t afford it anymore. I was very into rollerskating and dancing at the time as well and most of the money from them to me went into that, because it was much more affordable for us and a lot cheaper than baseball and football. I hadn’t quite gotten into recording music or anything yet until about my 9th grade year.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills. 

So, in regards of my name, I go by J. Leigh. It is my first initial and Leigh is my middle name. My music background is not solely hip hop/R&B by any means. Growing up I was around a bit of everything in reality. My friends and older cousins always played rap, and my grandmother and her brothers ran a gospel band. They played at their church, other churches, and local christian events. With being around that, I always wanted to try and be like them and sing. Singing was originally what I wanted to do before hip hop music. I was very shy and I contained a lot stage fright for a while so most of the time was spent practicing in my room. Eventually I slowly broke out of my shell. I started writing songs around 14 for fun with my brother joey. We would get on the webcam on YouTube and post videos of us free-styling. It wasn’t anything I ever had considered serious at the time at all. Most of the songs I wrote here and there were either in my school notebooks or recorded on my voice memo on whatever phone I had at the time. I never actually posted them anywhere besides the webcam videos we posted from time to time. As time went on through high school it was just something I really liked in the back of my mind, but I was so into rollerskating and dancing I never really considered it anything until about 12th grade. There was this guy I was friends with at school that rapped named Willie (Ill Whisper), He was a big Eminem’s fan. I knew he had recording equipment, but I was still a tad shy about presenting the thought to anyone that I wanted to put out some music. Eventually, one day I brought it up to him that I wanted to try and record a song on a beat. It was the first song I had actually sat down and wrote all the way through. From there on I have just been working, finding my own lane, and growing from there. That was the real start of how I began branching out into my own artist.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song. 

My genre I guess is a mix of Hip Hop and R&B. Some songs will just spit full and through, and some will have tosses of vocals and rap throughout the whole record. It really depends what I feel at the time on whether I lean more toward the other. I have not released many music videos, but typically I shoot for either a video concept that matches the concept/story of the song or strictly just a concept in the editing effects etc.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business. 

Everything about me as a musician? Hm. Well, I am the kind of artist that definitely likes to be in the room working alone. If I’m correct I have ADD and I cant keep my thought process focused long enough to write if there are people talking around me loudly or if there is a lot going on in the room; something about it just throws off my vibe. I have  gone through periods when I just couldn’t write nor distance my self a few days or up to a week to do what I needed to do to get myself together. I have manic depression, and sometimes that hinders my work, but more recently I’ve been finding ways around the pain to keep working in some way instead of it just affecting me as a whole. I think the ups and downs I have faced though are people taking me serious. I’m from Metro Atlanta and Atlanta alone as many know is music everywhere. Everyone wants to rap/sing etc. Along with that everyone wants to “make it”. People here are so used to having music thrown at them, it’s hard for them to take what you’re saying serious and actually go look you up to listen. Now , that’s not in all cases, but it is definitely a “down” that you have to fight for to make it an “up”. It’s the entertainment industry though, so I mean in reality that’s something almost everyone faces and it’s just part of the process. An up feeling for sure is once you put them onto the music, and they come back for more because they rock with it.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot. 

Well I for the most part work by myself. I typically find producers online, because it’s the internet and you can access so much. So besides buying beats, I mix all of my own music and record with all of my own stuff. You could say I have a team, even though it’s really like a family. I would definitely have to say Free Minds. A collective of hard working artists and people that make music working for their dreams, and we’re here for each other along the way. We all push each other, and help each other in the best ways we can while still allowing all of us to be free.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal. 

I started releasing content legitimately in early/mid 2015. I just passed the 2 year mark. I guess that would be put me at 2 years in the industry. The experience has been stressful and will always be stressful, but more than anything I enjoy it and am having fun. Stress is just another trait of hard work. It’s all excess from following passion. My future goal is to tell my stories and experiences with and through my music. People will relate and I want to touch those people while creating a stable life for me and my future family.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing. 

Discovering good music and relatable music is always a good inspiration. I think the hard times that I go through and have been put through are what continuously inspire me with the thought of making my music a career is also a very inspiring factor. I definitely pull from genuine and raw places.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song. 

Personally, of course I don’t have a hit song, but I feel like there are so many things that contribute into it. When it comes to a hit it is obviously going to have to have replay value. When I first started making music that was a concept I never thought about. The value of your music being replayed plays into it a lot. Now when writing, that is something I always think about especially when writing a hook. A hit has to be catchy, with a good hook, and contain replay value. Marketing has its own little play in there as well. If it’s a well executed song and it connects, it can be a hit.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there. 

My message is like this. If you have a passion go for it. Don’t let the fear of other’s opinions hinder your love for your passion. If you want anything in this life you’re going to have to work for it no matter what. People are going to hate on you no matter what you do good or bad, because the world is full of evil. Along with that evil, it is full of love. You just have to weed through the hate to find it.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist. 

The advice I could give to an upcoming artist is to never give up, and believe in yourself 100 % all the way. You must be a fan of yourself music before any one else really is.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

An album to elaborate on would be my first project I dropped. It was dropped in April of 2017 and was called “Self Worth”. It was about situations that I had been through in the span of making it that helped me realize my self worth, and that you or I should always love ourselves. And any time someone shares my music and platforms are open to sharing is an accolade in my book. Tours and other accolades are definitely things I feel will be great to add to my resumé as things progress.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform. 

There’s not really any stations that have played me, and I am 100 percent okay with that it doesn’t bother me. Would it be cool to have a song played on the radio? Of course because it has always been a big thing. Is it something I am shooting for? Not at all really, like I will live haha. Many people I know don’t really listen to the radio anymore. Just streaming platforms. My first priority is making sure I make music that people can connect with so if any of you stations out there have something you want to get behind in the process, I’m grateful.

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio. 

I write my lyrics in an odd way, at-least it’s odd in my perspective. It could possibly be a normal thing, haha. First I always listen to the beat full and through to see what mood it puts me in. When I get that mood and area tapped in, I find situations I’ve been through or things that have happened that tap that same mood/area. Once that is done I get the hook down. With hooks it’s a hit or miss. Sometimes I write them out full on, and sometimes I freestyle it. If I freestyle it then I usually just touch it up and change a thing here or there. Then the verses I almost always freestyle the first line or two to give me my direction on the rest of the verse. That is mostly the repetitive process. I don’t technically record in a studio though. I’ve always been out of recording at my moms, and friends houses when they’re open for me to… wherever I can get work, I just want to make music.

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Name five biggest artists that you like. 

Five big artists I like are Logic, Mac Miller, Nyck Caution, Post Malone and 6LACK.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so. 

Artists I’ve collaborated with are Chase, CIA, Devmaccc and Della Kinetic. Artists that I want to record with in the future is a long list, but some off top are Cantrell, Mac Miller, Jaden smith, Raury, 6lack, logic, Just Juice, Joey Bada$$ and the list goes on ha ha.

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network. 

Instagram:

Artist Page – instagram.com/jleighatl

Personal page – instagram.com/itsactuallyjosh_

Twitter: twitter.com/jleighatl

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music. 

You can follow me on

Apple Music at: J. Leigh

and Spotify as well at:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5hsgeuB7RyYMnnfxrJWAWr

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day. 

My happiest days are when I’m feeling good mentally, and I’m with people I care about. My darkest days are when my stress and depression are eating me up and it’s the only thing I think about. We don’t like to ponder on those, because brighter days bring better luck and enlighten change.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

A million? Man…..I would get my own place with a studio, and a nice little car for sure. I would pay off my family’s house and make sure we’re all straight. Besides that though there’s not much more I would want to do. I know I would buy enough clothes to the point where I wouldn’t need any for a while, because I barely have any now besides a few outfits. Then rest I would either save or invest. I would keep part of it for the family in case of emergency and future purposes. I can’t say 100 percent what I would do because it hasn’t happened yet. lol


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