This evening I had the opportunity to speak with Shayne Leighton. She is a multi-talented, down to earth inspiration. When you think you have a lot going on in your life and meet someone like Shayne you realize you can always do more!
Shayne didn’t start singing until she was 13 yrs old. When she was younger she tried and felt she wasn’t good at it. She had friends on Broadway at 7 years old. One day she discovered the Broadway musical Chicago she found herself replaying it over and over basically coaching herself, then one day her mom was in amazement when hearing her. She then started working with a vocal coach to fine tune.
Shayne a true Floridian born and raised in Boynton, West Palm area where she attended different art schools such as A.W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts majoring in theatre.
Her family is very supportive of her and assist in many ways. Shayne’s mother a former clothing wardrobe stylist ensures she is looking sharp for her events. Her husband originally from Czech Republic an established photographer and videographer is always making sure she rehearses, listens to tracks and also motivates her to run to stay performance ready. Her and her husband met auditioning for an independent film, they played romantic opposites.
Musical talent runs in her family. Her uncle was signed to RCA Records, Shayne described his music as Rocker Folk.
Shayne’s musical inspirations are Stevie Nicks, Pat Benatar and Heart. She would love to open for Pat Benatar she said, “that would be the dream of her life”. If she could dabble in another genre of music, it would it be Pop because it’s fun and light.
Shayne has many talents she is a published author of a vampire romance novel series, Of Light and Darkness, bestselling titles on Amazon, the first installment (The Vampire’s Daughter) having reached the Amazon Top 100. She recently discovered she could draw, one day she just sat down with a sketchbook and another talent was born. Eventually, she would like to create a graphic novel to go with her novel series
What can we expect from her in the future? Her new album debuts, April 7th, 2015, she is signed with Bobby Collins at Spectra Music Group. She’s looking to resurrect rock and roll and make it mainstream again.
Shayne will be attending Fierce Entertainment Mangement’s “Fashion Edge” Designer Competition and Fashion show this Saturday, March 7th, in Orlando. Be sure to come out and show support and say hello to her. Also, follow her at http://shayneleighton.com, www.facebook.com/shayneleightonfans, twitter.com/shayneleighton