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Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

LP: Great music. Great performers. Great movies. I am inspired by the art around me. It’s easy to become consumed by electronics, so it’s important to separate myself from technology during my personal time. Yoga helps me control my mind enough to be present. I feel most alive when I am conscious of the environment, living in the moment and appreciating the world around me.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

LP: Sharing my music for the first time. It’s scary putting out a record, because you don’t know if people will be receptive. My music is as personal as it gets; I am essentially sharing my most intense emotions with the world.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

LP: “Take care of this planet. Be kind. Love yourself.”

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

LP: Music. Yoga. Writing. Unfortunately, sometimes through vices.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

LP: I practice yoga four to five times a week or take walks. Usually getting in touch with nature helps. I try to get quiet time in the morning. I will avoid electronics for a little while. I will never bring my phone or have a TV in my bedroom. The only electronic in
my room is an alarm clock.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

LP: Letting things go. I’ve learned that it is better not to force things to happen or others to think a certain way. You cannot force yourself to be something you don’t want to be. You cannot interrupt the natural flow.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

LP: Kindness isn’t always an immediate reaction, but the more love you put out into the universe, the more you’ll get back.

MP: What influence has your yoga practice had on your life?

LP: After I went on my first yoga retreat, I experienced stillness and was able to be present, which was a revolution.

My yoga practice is a huge influence in my life. I wanted something that kept me fit but kept me fulfilled mentally and spiritually. I started practicing the same year I signed with my first major record label. Throughout the years, the inner strength yoga has provided has given me the power to overcome the toughest obstacles, like losing loved ones, bad breakups, and everything in between. It has helped me keep balance in my life, control my mind, raise my confidence. Yoga has a meditative quality I have yet to find elsewhere. Yoga helps bring me back to my strongest mental self. Yoga enables me to sync with the universe.

MP: What is love for you?

LP: When you’re in love with someone, they bring out the little kid in you, the purest form of yourself. When you feel that version of yourself come out, that little kid, that’s when you know you’re feeling love. You can tackle any obstacle as long as you have love. Whether it is family, friendship, or romantic love, the little kid in you comes out. Everyone is looking for a safe haven. You don’t want to be worried about what others think. You cannot fully love without loving yourself. Whomever you love must enhance your life and make you a better person. Love is selfless, comforting, accepting, and freeing.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

LP: I am always working on music. Music is a constant in my life. My debut album, Forever for Now, is my latest project. This has been a very interesting project because it was unexpected. I didn’t expect to be an artist at this level. This album represents my transformation from a songwriter to a singer and songwriter. Forever for Now showed me I had a lot more inside me to share as an artist.

I have found that yoga, meditation, self-expression through music all help me to sync with the universe. This record is a product of that influence. A lot of the songs, during the making of the record, helped me express my feelings and truly live in the now.

MP: Why are these important to you?

LP: When you store things inside, it is like a splinter in your soul. Getting a record out is like getting the debris out.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

LP: Nothing else is more important than taking care of the planet.

LP’s debut album, Forever for Now, was produced by Grammy-winning producer Rob Cavallo.

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