German pop starlet Leony has released her new music video for her latest single, ‘Boots’. The video – which premiered exclusively worldwide on Girlfriend Australia yesterday – was shot in Australia across locations in the Gold Coast & Byron by ARIA award winning director Matt Sharp. Written by Leony alongside David Björk, Andreas Moe (Tiesto, Hardwell, Avicii), & Elina Stridh (Maroon 5], the song’s anthemic hooks and jubilant, explosive lyrics convey empowerment and sticking to one’s beliefs.
Leony explains, “Shooting my first official music video was an incredible experience, and I’m beyond excited to share it with everyone! I feel such a strong connection to Australia and to the people here, and I am so grateful to premiere my music video with Girlfriend! I hope you all love the video as much as I do!”
Of the single’s meaning, Leony explains, “I grew up in a very small town where being a musician is rather unusual. It was always a dream of mine to perform and become an artist, but I never actually thought it was possible to get discovered in a small town.”
“Some people doubted me, not because I had a lack of talent, but because they’d never seen anyone from our town succeed in the music industry, and they thought I couldn’t get there either.”
Sometimes it feels like people don’t want you to succeed. They don’t see how much hard work you put in and how much discipline it takes to be a musician. It costs a lot to stand up to convention, but on the other hand… you have to believe in yourself and do your thing.”
In fact, Leony’s journey has been a testament to hard work and determination. Hailing from a country town in Germany populated by just 2,000 people, farming was more likely than fame for this 21-year-old songwriter & multi-instrumentalist. Leony got her first taste of success at the tender age of 17, handily beating out the competition on Germany’s national TV talent show Rising Star. From there, the talented songstress spent several years in America, the U.K., and Australia – song-writing and recording with The Kennel (The Chainsmokers and The Veronicas), Billy Steinberg (Madonna’s ‘Like A Virgin,’ Demi Lovato’s ‘Give Your Heart A Break’), and Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera) – before securing a record deal – and second home – with Sony Music Australia.
‘Boots’ follows Leony’s successful debut offering ‘Surrender’, which has surpassed 1.5 Million streams worldwide and was chosen as the theme song for the launch of German TV presenter Sylvie Meis’ lingerie range, which launched with a bang in 32 countries across Europe and UK. U.S. blog IDOLATOR called ‘Surrender’ “one of the best debut singles of the year.”
Whatever ‘it’ is, Leony has it. At first glance she is striking, there is no question you are meeting a bona fide superstar in the making. Her humble beginnings, charisma and catchy hooks and relatable lyrics have attracted the attention of all who meet her.
There’s much more to come from Leony this year… for now though, crank the volume and sing along to ‘BOOTS’ now!