#ASCAPProud: Leland

Leland is a hit singer-songwriter who has worked with artists such as including Troye Sivan, Daya, Selena Gomez, Andy Grammer & Kelsea Ballerini. He also writes music for RuPaul's Drag Race. 

Q. Where or when do you feel most authentically yourself? 
A. I feel most myself when I’m surrounded by people who accept me for exactly who I am. I’ve realized that the acceptance of others starts with self-acceptance and finding your community. I also feel most myself when I’m onstage and giving the best possible performance I can.

Q. How does creating music fit into your identity?
A. Creating music has become such an essential part to what truly makes me happy. I’ve found that it’s not just writing pop or country, but venturing into other areas and challenging myself in genres like comedy or musical theater. I’ve found that creating music is an extension of my personality. Whether it’s writing a more sexually explicit song like “Bloom,” or a comedy song for RuPaul’s Drag Race, these are all facets of my identity.

Q. What would be the elements of your fantasy pride parade/celebration? The sky is the limit, NO RULES. 
A. The elements of my fantasy pride parade would be all my friends in wigs as we march through West Hollywood to Cheesecake Factory at The Grove. I don’t need much, haha.

Q. What is your wish for the next generation of queer creators?
A. My wish for the next generation of queer creators is that while continuing to break new ground and be unapologetically themselves, that they remember who came before and paved the way. I am incredibly excited and inspired by the up-and-coming queer talent I’ve seen.

Q. What’s been your proudest moment so far?
A. I would say my proudest moment so far has been being nominated with one of my best friends, Troye Sivan, for a Golden Globe for a song that is very important to me. Conversion therapy is still happening in the United States and around the world and I’m happy to have contributed musically to a song that shed light on this archaic and inhumane practice. 

Instagram: @leland
Twitter: @lelandofficial

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