Victoria Abraham defines one up and coming artist each week so you can impress your friends with your musical brilliance. This week, she tackles Ivy Levan, a sultry pop songstress from Los Angeles.
Ivy Levan is not your run of the mill pretty pop singer. The powerful, deep and soulful voice that emanates from her is made all the more unexpected and wonderful by her Old Hollywood Barbie doll appearance, and the fact that she had to fight to keep her distinct sound. In fact, Levan had given up on music, booking modeling gigs and working as a club promotor instead. Thankfully, she decided to give music another shot and her debut EP Introducing the Dame is delicious ear candy.
Origins: Los Angeles, California
Full name: Ivy Levan
Known for: Ivy Levan is known for her distinct southern vibe and gritty, deep voice.
Used in a sentence: She is edgy, sultry and full of attitude.
File next to: Pink, Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse
Download now: “Hot Damn”
Five fun facts:
1. She is originally from a small town in Arkansas
2. Two weeks before she was supposed to graduate from high school, 16 year old Levan moved to L.A. to launch her singing career
3. Levan has done modeling and acting
4. Stevie Nicks is one of her main inspirations
5. She scored her first recording contract with a major label when she was 18, but left shortly after because they wanted to change her
2011 Levan met producer/songwriter Lucas Banker who reignited her passion for music
2013 She released her debut EP Introducing the Dame
I’ve got that real good good and you know it don’t come cheap/A pretty penny, a pretty penny, a pretty penny, you like what you see/You wanted real bad bad but you still, you still want more (you still want more)/Looking at me, looking at me and baby knocking down my door/Ooh ooh/Hot damn/These fools try to stick me for my paper/Damn these fools won’t leave me alone/Hot damn/These fools try to stick me for my paper/Damn these fools won’t leave me alone/From New York to LA/And every single day I said hot damn/These fools try to stick me for my paper/Damn these fools won’t leave me, leave me alone.