Musician: Finlay Leslie

Finlay Leslie makes up for what she lacks in height with a big voice and a markedly vast range of song writing inspiration. Drawing experience from break-ups, trust, love, and revealing what she would say to her twelve year old self, this gifted self-taught storryteller already has a wealth of experience at her songwriting  disposal.
 
At only 22, Finlay’s talents were discovered when quickly racking up an impressive 60,000 YouTube plays, providing an early indication of her raw songwriting abilities with distinctive versos and arrangements of well known covers before posting incredibly well received live versions of her original compositions.
 
Between 2016-2017, Finlay went on the road to support big names such as The Sons of Pitches (BBC’s The Naked Choir Winners), Lucy Spraggan, and Heather Peace, who personally asked Finlay to play on her stage at Manchester Pride that year.

 

Preferred pronoun: She/Her

1. What is your artist name?

Finlay Leslie

2. How long have you being performing/working?

I played my first pub gig at 13 and advent stopped since!

3. What has been the highlight of your career to date?

The highlight of my career so far has to be opening for Lucy Spraggan, which had been my dream ever since I first saw her live in 2013. I can’t describe the feeling I got when I opened her DM on Twitter asking me to play at her show in Deal, Kent. Have you worked/performed for/with anyone famous?

4. If you could perform/work with any other lesbian or bisexual musician, who would it be?

I have had the absolute privilege of supporting The Sons of Pitches for 8 of their shows, 3 with Heather Peace (including Manchester Pride), and the show with Lucy Spraggan. 

5. What type of gigs do you like to do, and how important is it to engage with your fans at gigs?

I would love to work/perform with Lucy Spraggan. For the past 6 years she has inspired me, and still continues to do so.

6. Tell us one secret about yourself.

I’m 4 ft 9”, which isn’t really a secret to anyone who has met me!

7. How and why did you get into this profession?

Music has always been the biggest part of me. I’ve been singing since I could walk, playing guitar since I was 10, and writing songs for 10 years now. It’s a passion I’ve always had and I hope I never lose that!

8. When you’re not working what do you like to do to chill out?

On top of music, I have 2 other jobs so I don’t have a lot of time to chill out! When I do, I like to spend time with my friends and my girlfriend. One of my favourite things to do is go to the cinema by myself. It’s a great way to escape for a few hours and get lost in other worlds.

9. Who are three other lesbian/bisexual musicians that you recommend?

Lucy Spraggan – It’s not like I’ve mentioned her much or anything…

Pale Waves

Heather Peace

10. What is the best thing about being part of the LBQ community?

I personally feel like I make stronger connections to artists and their music in the LBQ community as, although everyone’s story is different, we all have that one thing in common.

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