Pharrell knew she was a star when he saw her on YouTube, and Jermaine Dupri wanted in when he heard her sing. Now with the two hitmakers in her corner, Leah LaBelle is readying her i am OTHER/So So Def/Epic Records debut. The Seattle songstress brought some sunshine to our Hollywood studio for a stripped-down set.
In the latest installment of Rap-Up Sessions, the 26-year-old chanteuse worked her charm with an acoustic version of her Pharrell-produced single “Lolita.” Backed by a guitarist, she also performed her new song “Mr. Scissors” for the first time, while her friend JoJo sat in for the live taping.
Leah’s upcoming album was produced by Pharrell and J.D. “The album is just a really good, feel-good album,” said the “American Idol” alum. “It makes you happy, it makes you want to dance. It’s gonna remind you of the good times.”
Watch Leah go unplugged and look for a special cover from her later in the week.