American Idol’s Leah Marlene Played Philly Thanksgiving Parade
“Fun times at the @dunkin @6abcactionnews Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philly on Thursday!!” Leah Marlene wrote alongside a video and photos of her at the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The American Idol season 20 second runner-up performed “Jingle Bell Rock” in front of the famed Philly Library as dancers and costumed Santa Clauses danced around her. The singer also posted photos of herself with ABC channel 6 personality Karen Rogers, on a Dunkin’ Donuts float, which sponsored her performance and a clip out on the streets with fans. “Happy Thanksgiving!” Leah shouts.
Check out the clips and photos below.
Earlier in November, Leah posted that she was “Debuting a bunch of new originals TOMORROW at the @bcpa_artsblooming in Bloomington, IL! Cannot wait to share these songs with you all!” The singer-songwriter performed at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts in Bloomington, Illinois near her hometown on November 18.
After the American Idol finale in May, Leah moved to Los Angeles for a few short weeks, and then to Nashville where she lives now. And on November 3, Leah played a concert at The Basement East for YEP Nashville. Check out the clips and professional portraits.
Leah started a Patreon page after American Idol didn’t sign her
Late last summer, Leah started a Patreon page where she regularly shares music and updates with her fans for a monthly fee. The singer realized she had take her music career in her own hands after American Idol’s record label, 19 Recordings signed fellow contestants winner and runner-up Noah Thompson and HunterGirl, in addition to her pal Fritz Hager who finished in 4th place.
“I feel like I’ve been maintaining this perception of ‘I’m living in the dream, man!’ And that’s what American Idol wants you to think: This is the big break and everything changes here,” Leah shared with the Pentagraph. “The public perception is that people that do well on the show, they got it made now … It’s all figured out and whatever.”
“That’s simply not the case, and I knew that going into it … I always saw the show for what it was, I never expected it to be a golden ticket to anything. Nothing can prepare you…and nothing can prepare you for coming off the show. It’s something that I’m just learning how to navigate right now.”