I know, I know: an actress venturing into the music realm is eye-roll inducing at best. 99 times out of 100, that eye roll is entirely warranted, however every once in a while someone actually pulls it off. Leighton Meester is a prime example: while her music may not be everyone’s taste, you can’t deny her surprising talent.
Her upcoming album Heartstrings is available October 28th, and I would highly recommend giving it a listen. It’s clearly influenced by dreamy 90s alt-pop, namely Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette, but adding to it a flair that is a bit more feminine than these rock goddesses. The album was written by Meester herself, and produced by Jeff Trott (who also produces Sheryl Crow), and is a definite vehicle for her talent.”I wrote Heartstrings as a process of relief, and working with Jeff allowed the songs themselves to grow as much as they could, which was considerable,” says Leighton. “Our approach was to flesh out the atmosphere around the feeling of each song with preproduction and then added the spontaneity of a live room for recording.”
Despite her Gossip Girl fame, listening to Heartstrings allows me to compartmentalize Leighton the actress and Leighton the musician – a feat that is nearly impossible for most actor/singers. Aside from the fact that she is ultra adorable and relatable, I can appreciate her musical abilities, and strongly urge you to give a listen so you can do the same.
Gather your girlfriends, and some wine, and pick up Leighton’s debut album October 28th.