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‘American Idol’ Star Leah Marlene Opens Up That New Song Is Inspired by Love

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American Idol alum Leah Marlene has discovered a love that resonates deeply within her soul. In an exclusive and heartfelt interview, Marlene bares her emotions, revealing her latest musical creation and the blissful chapter she finds herself in.


Leah Marlene’s New Song is About Her Currently Being In Love

At the age of 21, Marlene is experiencing a beautiful phase in her life. Living in a vibrant apartment in West Nashville with three roommates, she is surrounded by reminders of her musical journey, including her dad’s old tour posters and guitars adorning the walls.

However, what truly fills Marlene with joy is her newfound love. In a heartwarming revelation, she discloses that she is in a relationship—a first for her. Reflecting on her initial uncertainties and anxieties, she admits to being a “mess” before embarking on this romance. Long-distance challenges added to the complexity, but throughout it all, her girlfriend became her safe haven.

Marlene’s excitement and love shine through in her latest single, “Feel Like.” The song, co-written with Megan Redmond and Brett Truitt during the early stages of her relationship, captures the essence of infatuation and the exhilarating feeling of freedom. Its upbeat tempo and catchy melodies perfectly convey the carefree emotions that come with love.


The Indie-pop singer/songwriter shares that she was initially hesitant to write “relationship songs,” preferring to explore other topics in her music. However, her unique approach to “Feel Like” allowed her to create something special. Marlene emphasizes that the song celebrates all types of relationships that make us feel safe and free, extending beyond romantic love.

Leah Wrote “Feel Like” Early on her Relationship With Current Girlfriend

Marlene’s latest single, “Feel Like,” holds a special place in her heart as it was written early on in her relationship with her girlfriend. Collaborating with Megan Redmond and Brett Truitt, Marlene found a way to capture the essence of their blossoming romance in the song.

This safe place that her current girlfriend, Madison Hobart, created allowed Marlene to grow and learn about herself. Ultimately inspiring the creation of “Feel Like” and its celebration of the transformative power of love and connection.


Marlene’s journey of self-discovery continues to inspire her music, and her openness about her experiences resonates with listeners. Through her artistry, she beautifully expresses the complexities of relationships and also the joy that comes from finding a safe and free space with someone you love.

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