"Music is my world. I want to be able to connect with everyone through my songs; they portray
the good, the bad, the love and the lost." Mia LeBlon explains of her passion.
The singer-songwriter-pianist began her musical journey at the young age of four, when, as a
classically trained pianist, she was already performing works of the greats, including Chopin, Mozart and Gershwin.
By age ten, the Chicago native of Chinese-Brazilian descent, began to express herself through
storytelling. "It's hard to imagine what a ten year-old could possibly write about, but I actually
had a lot on my mind. I poured all of my thoughts onto paper while sitting at the piano." She
It wasn't until LeBlon started attending open mic nights that she started sharing her powerful
voice with an audience, and it didn't take long before people started showing up just to see her
Projecting vocal sophistication with pipes powerful beyond her years, it's no surprise some of
LeBlon's early influences include many of the world's great legends: Aretha Franklin, Donny
Hathaway, Sam Cooke, Etta James. But it doesn't stop there. LeBlon also lists Fleetwood Mac, The Beach Boys, Teenage Fanclub, Sloan and Camera Obscura amongst many others as inspiration, reflecting the vast range in her style. "Listening to all different types of music helps me experience different feelings and emotions at different times. These figures in the music world are my inspiration." She explains.
It is LeBlon's undeniable talent, which has undoubtedly helped her be recognized as one of
Chicago's most talented singer-songwriters and garner quite the audience – her adoring fan
base includes Q101’s Chris Payne and JBTV’s Ryan Manno. LeBlon has already secured shows
with bands such as The Bravery and Hedley, packed audiences at venues such as Lincoln Hall, Schubas and The Beat Kitchen and appeared at famed festivals, including SXSW and Summerfest.
Aptly titled Looking Glass, LeBlon's debut EP, reflects on the insecurities we all have within
ourselves, but gives us hope of getting past them and finding the true beauty we all have within
ourselves. Produced by Dan Monahan and Augie Schmidt of Audio Is King (Plain White T’s,
Flatfoot 56), the album is available on iTunes & Amazon across the world.
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Liner shots of Mia LeBlon
hanging a red stiletto out of
her car, standing in front of a mirror with her bra exposed, and
generally looking nubile don’t intend to portray the local
singer/songwriter as a Lolita, but completely vulnerable. The six-song Looking Glass
first would like you to think its hero is strong and self-assured
(“Woman,” “Sha Na Na”), but assuredly unravels its delicate mental state
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