So, a bit about this girl called Letta, eh? Here's what I have to say for now.
I’m a go-getter, and even though I know that my chill-time is critical, I have a tendency of burning the candle at both ends. I think I’ll always have to work on balance, but meditation and visualization are a helpful start. It’s good stuff. Writing music has undoubtedly been my therapy too, but it never occurred to me that I could play and sing my own songs for a living until timing put me in the right place at the right time to meet Erick Taylor and Jim Robinson during my senior year of college (graduating from the University of Oklahoma with degrees in chemistry while playing variety tennis, thank you very much!) With their help and encouragement, Resolve was started in July 2011 and finished in the final days of December 2011.
Erick introduced me to my producer, Kendall Combes, and if he wasn’t one of the most flawless matches for me at the time, I don’t know who in the world could’ve been. We both put our blood, sweat, and hearts into these songs, and I’m nothing but grateful for the inspiration and character he and everyone else poured into my first effort, Resolve.
This EP was my first step towards making the one thing that consistently feels “right” into something physically tangible, and trust me, it was nothing short of tension and release…resolve. Music has always been the most natural part of me. Maybe I was too afraid to share what helped me escape, but that’s clearly not a concern anymore. Excitement about the journey and my first EP is a huge understatement. I’m ecstatic and unconditionally proud of where we are today, and of each and every person who helped along the way. I have the utmost respect for all of you brilliant, humble, beautiful people. Love you guys. Alrighty, lets get to the tunes already, huh!?!
My musical influences… I don’t really know where to start. There are so many. Growing up, my parents didn’t especially like listening to current music. In short, my siblings and I probably knew more oldies at the age of 8 than the average 40 and 50 year olds. I loved anything from Marvin Gaye, Dionne Warwick, The Jackson 5 and Earth, Wind, and Fire to The Beatles, Chicago, Whitney Houston and just about everything in between. Around the time I was about 10, I had enough of only listening to oldies though. I sat in front of the computer and listened to every new song that I could find. Genre typically didn’t matter. The song’s feel is how I related. Some of my favorite current artists include Alicia Keys, John Legend, Boyz II Men, Coldplay, Beyonce, Adele, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, Marc Broussard, and James Morrison. The soul and overall feeling that these artists convey inspires me to create music that can not only be relatable to my listeners through lyrics, but also through the whole groove of the song.
Resolve is all about the grooves, and each of these songs definitely groove in their own way. Out of the gate, “Bring On The Fire” starts upbeat with an old-new-school feel and presents the listener with an idea of lyrical tension. It expresses a desire to know the truth, saying that I’d rather take my chances of getting burned by the lessons of reality than to live a lie. As you listen through the tracks, the tension gradually transforms from inner turmoil to a peaceful certainty with the final song, “Tomorrow”. Instead of being the one who needs the consoling, I managed to ground my head and my heart at least enough to have the strength to be a consoler. I strive for self-awareness, and one thing recurs as blatantly obvious to me: Music is medicine for my soul in the highest and lowest points of my life.
I won’t go through every song’s meaning, but the fourth track holds the most special place in my heart, so I have to share. In May 2010, my sister, Claire, was in intensive care for due to a head trauma. The night she arrived, the doctor said it was a 50/50 chance that she would make it through. The only time I wasn’t freaking out inside was when I sat at the piano. All I did was play and play, and unaware of its future home, “Put It Down In Writing” became the first fully written song for Resolve. I sang it to her while I though she was sleeping on the couch in our piano room. It was then I knew music could be the healing medicine for others too, not just me.