The multi-talented MÃ½a Harrison has accomplished a great deal in over two decades in the music industry.
She amassed Top 10 singles, won a Grammy, and went platinum on several occasions. One thing she didn’t do: make Christmas music.
Well she filled that void with her latest movie, My favorite Christmas melody. When approached to star in the film, she was drawn to the challenge.
âI was very excited about it, especially since it was geared towards Christmas because it was new to me,â said Harrison, who bears the singular stage name MÃ½a. leGrio. “I actually never made a Christmas album or released any Christmas singles, so that was a big draw.”
My favorite Christmas melody tells the story of aspiring singer / songwriter, Abby, who rediscovers her urge to create music after a traumatic episode that altered her career path. Abby, played by MÃ½a, becomes a successful commercial jingle writer after one of her original songs is plagiarized. He needs to help his mother, a high school principal, and work with Travis, the school’s music teacher, and his students to get his songwriting mojo back.
The new holiday movie, which premiered on Lifetime Sunday night, was not only an outlet for the “Lady Marmalade” singer to deliver some Christmas cheer, but also showcase the ups and downs of the music industry. and the process of songwriting, collaboration and inspiration. MÃ½a, who has spent the last decade as a freelance artist, understands all of these nuances and brings them to the TV screen.
She spoke with leGrio about his new movie, as well as what fans should expect from new music.
“I felt very, very comfortable telling the story with, of course, the theme of the vacation loop: coming home, finding your place and your roots, and being more connected to your family and your friends. friends, âMÃ½a said. “And then also rekindle your spirit and your love for your gift of music.”
Abby having her song stolen was a big part of the movie, and MÃ½a saw her fair share of such infamous behaviors in order to be able to play as Abby and relate to her situation.
“I’ve been in the music business for over 23 years now so there have been all kinds of leaks, all kinds of lyric titles, someone leaked a full album that I worked on for two years. , just devastation, âMÃ½a explained. âWell, you know, you move on. You learn that life comes with knocks and that you cannot accept the sun without a little rain.
MÃ½a talks about her character, Abby, who finds inspiration to write again after getting close to Travis, a teacher at her mother’s school. Together, as she reluctantly begins to collaborate with him, she gets the momentum she needs. She said that Abby was “very uncomfortable” working with Travis, but “you walk in faith and hope for the best and do your best. But there was a little hesitation on her side to because of what she had just experienced.
Walking in faith and hope is something MÃ½a has firsthand knowledge of in her career. She left the world of majors behind. She released her last four albums on her own label, Planet 9, and she could no longer be at peace: making music on her own terms and her own timeline.
“I’m a freelance artist on my own label, so now I have this freedom, for the last 13-14 years, to do things out of love and out of need, the need to get rid of something, therapy,” said MÃ½a said. . âWhether it’s just for me and private or whether it’s actually born out as something I want to share on stage or on wax, you know, vinyl, CD, now streaming. But this freedom, this artistic freedom without pressure, without deadline can allow beauty to flow and magic to flow because it is for the right reasons.
Now his fans can get ready for some new music. Her most recent single, âWorth It,â finds MÃ½a singing and rapping about how she wins from her decision to become independent, to own her masters, while also releasing and keeping herself healthy and young.
âIt was just organic,â MÃ½a said. “Because it’s the truth about independent travel and the payoff in the end that we don’t always see when we start something new or enter territory, or don’t conform to a box or to defining the success of others. But really, follow your gut and follow your heart and let that lead the way and it saved my mind, my physique, my mind and I feel like I’ve come to the truest of me.
MÃ½a said maybe her best job was just around the corner. Last year, she released the video and single for “Space and Time,” in conjunction with the Grammy-nominated production duo. Louis York. She said that the three of them had done a full project and that this will be her next full deal.
The song “is part of a big upcoming job that we’re so proud of and we’ve recorded most of the music in Nashville, Tennessee over the course of seven years,” she said. “So excited to share this with the world because it’s my best job ever.”
Whether it’s working with York or playing a singer / songwriter who finds inspiration in a Christmas movie, MÃ½a said collaboration is key to her success.
âThere is nothing like collaboration, and my career is full of collaborations,â she said. âIt’s always amazing to work with people who are not like you. You know, whether it’s a different kind of music, a different style, or a different performance. And I find some of the most amazing arts to happen when you step out of your comfort zone and also work with another person’s energy, the feedback you get from working together. There is a synergy happening.
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