Leila Lopez is a known, loved name in Tucson, Arizona. The prolific artist has been making and performing music in her hometown for much of her life, and is no stranger on the local circuit. Out this week, her latest album Our Animal Skin sees Leila pull back the layers of her recent history, exploring the ebbs and flows that have made her her current self. She talks to Sarah about what drives her to create, why Tucson’s so special, and some of her favourite artists and venues in the desert town.
From performing ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’ in hotel bars in Japan to sharing the bill with the likes of Paul Weller and Simply Red – and keeping it all oiled with regular gigs moonlighting as a wedding singer – Lisa Crawley’s mastered her own musical destiny from day dot. Having just completed a residency at the renowned Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, she’s about to open, and star in, the stageshow Elizabeth, which she co-wrote with acclaimed Kiwi playwright Rochelle Bright. Sarah checked in with Lisa about being a lady striking out alone, the Melbourne music scene, and her latest single ‘Wedding Band’.