Dennis LeupoldLeToya Luckett‘s visuals for her songs “Back 2 Life” and “Used To” are a significant departure from the singer’s previously released music videos.
But LeToya tells ABC Radio that you can blame a certain dearly departed music icon for inspiring her to stretch beyond her artistic limitations.
She explains, “You know the way you felt when you knew a Michael Jackson video was coming out? It was gonna be something exciting and amazing and different and groundbreaking and I just love the way that made me feel as a kid and I wanted to do something kind of close to that.”
“I wanted to just kinda step outside of the box,” she adds. “I had never done anything like this before.”
LeToya admits she struggled with whether or not she was being politically correct or a little too honest in her new videos, but she says her mom had faith in her daughter’s new career direction.
LeToya adds, “She was like, “Girl they need to see you! They need to see the Toya I know. They’ll love you. They’ll love that you’re being authentic.'” Because you don’t get that a lot in this industry. Or people are trying to go far left just to get attention.”
Now, with her upcoming album, LeToya hopes that fans will appreciate seeing a whole new side of her.
“I really, really, really wanted to kind of stretch myself, which I felt that I did this entire album,” she says. “I wasn’t afraid to wear my heart on my sleeve and be open.”
The third and final installment to LeToya’s Back 2 Life video series is scheduled to be released soon. Her new album Back 2 Life arrives everywhere May 12.
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