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Leah Jenner is a talented musician who is currently working on a solo record entitled “Wildfire.” You can follow her on Instagram at @leah_jenner, subscribe to her YouTube channel, and follow her and her husband, Brandon, on Spotify at Brandon & Leah.
How do you know Hannah, and what is your favorite memory with her?
Hannah and I connected through our husbands, Ryan and Brandon, who grew up together in Malibu. Without a doubt, my favorite memory with her is the time we were both in Kauai with our families and she invited me (to go) surfing in the bath-like Pacific Ocean at a desolate, little break on the North Shore. It had been the first time I’d been surfing since getting pregnant and giving birth to my daughter, and I felt an overwhelming sense of freedom and connectedness to nature that I hadn’t felt in a quite a while. Hannah, thanks again for the reintroduction to something I had forgotten I’d loved so much.
Which items from The Little Market are in your home?
My favorite items are the crossbody bag by Mar Y Sol and the Girl Power candle that makes my kitchen smell like fresh-cut roses. My daughter is obsessed with her mini heart purse with the colorful pom poms.
Who are you favorite musicians?
For as long as I can remember, my love affair with music has been the centerpiece of my life. I’ve been deeply inspired by many, many artists including John Lennon, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, David Bowie (particularly his early work), Leonard Cohen, Nina Simone … the list goes on.
Are you working on any projects right now?
In 2015, Brandon and I welcomed our healthy baby girl, Eva, to the world, and I decided to take a break from music so that I could soak up all that motherhood had to offer me while writing songs here and there along the way. Eva is coming up on her 2nd birthday, and I have just begun to record a solo album which, I feel, is a direct expression of my experience of motherhood and I am, very much, looking forward to sharing it with the world.
What is your favorite song to perform?
I just performed one of my new songs entitled “Wildfire” at an open mic in Venice, California, and it was exhilarating.
Where is you favorite place to perform?
Brandon and I have had some unforgettable shows in New York, but I’d have to say my favorite place to perform is the Troubadour in LA. It’s a smaller venue, but the history is rich. It’s always a trip to stand on the same stage so many legends have stood on before me.
What music video was the most fun to make?
Brandon came up with the idea for our “Showstopper” lyric video, which was to write the lyrics all over his shirtless body. Naturally I hopped on the chance to cover my husband in eyeliner and lipstick.
Who is your dream musician to collaborate with?
My answer to this question will change by the day, but right now I am deep into Sigur Rós, and the idea of a collaboration with them would be magical.
What has motherhood taught you?
Motherhood has taught, and continues to teach me, every aspect of love. Of course, the expected heart-exploding fireworks when my toddler leans over and kisses me out of the blue but motherhood also teaches me the other aspects of love such as patience, unconditional love, and boundary setting like when she yanks a chunk of hair out of my head for the third time that day. Motherhood has taught me how much I’m capable of loving another human being.
What surprised you about becoming a mom?
What surprised me the most about becoming a mom was my newfound confidence in my body. I no longer saw the self-perceived flaws that I had been carrying around since my adolescence but rather a womanly vessel that can create life! I had no idea I would be so greatly affected by my experience of pregnancy and giving birth. Our bodies are sacred. Our wombs are the future. The population can exist because we, as women, have the choice to incubate, nurture, and birth life. What an empowering thought!
Also, after becoming a mother, I feel more connected to all women, not only mothers. I feel it’s a great honor to be in the sisterhood.
Do you have a favorite book?
Right now I am reading “The Seat of the Soul” by Gary Zukav, and it’s blowing my mind.
Do you have a favorite song?
My favorite song is “Across the Universe” by The Beatles. Every night just before bedtime, I hold my daughter in my arms and sway back and forth to that song.
Where do you want to travel next?
It is almost that time of year when the wildflowers run wild all over the Californian hills. That’s where I’ll be traveling to next.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
“The only thing that matters in this life is love.”
Do you have a favorite quote?
This quote is written on an index card which lives on my nightstand:
“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” – Rumi
Do you have any favorite women-led brands?
The Little Market, of course! Also, I am a huge fan of Christy Dawn’s dresses … oh, and Lily Ashwell too!
What matters most to you when you shop?
A friend of mine recently opened my eyes up to the reality that there is a direct connection between treating things you buy as disposable and treating the people who make those things as disposable. She made me conscious of buying clothing that I know will last a long time and making sure that the people who make those clothes are being paid livable wages.
Which causes are you most passionate about and why?
An organization I recently discovered called Save The Children is one that protects the world’s most vulnerable children, including those separated from their families because of war, natural disasters, extreme poverty, and exploitation. They are helping many, many children in dire need around the world. If you go to their website www.savethechildren.org, you can sponsor a child in the U.S. or around the world for less than $1 a day. Please join me in doing so.