Rising Pop-country artist Leah Marie Mason is feeling nostalgic in her new song, “Miss Us Then.” The single follows her breakout successes with “Far Boy,” “I Wish” and the reimagined his-and-hers duet version featuring Austin Burke as well as her duet with Big Machine-signed Country rapper Kidd G on “Love Isn’t Real,” and her most recent smash single “Hannah”.
"Miss Us Then", simplistic guitars bring us into days past as Mason relives the trials of an ex-love, ‘Thrill of the chase ’til the chase ain’t new.” She doesn’t have rose-colored glasses on and she doesn’t shy away from examining the problems of this past love. The song slowly builds into the chorus. She is the harbinger of the biting lyric “I don’t miss us now, but I miss us then.” These reminiscent lyrics are deliciously juxtaposed with the upbeat pop beat drop that happens immediately after.
Mason is faced with the fact that she only wants him when he is gone. She wants the chase, the struggle, and the deep ache for another person, but once she has it, it is no longer so appealing. This song is a wonderful character study on longing. A song that could easily be a sad ballad is brilliantly balanced with Mason offering substance that is often missing in mainstream music.
By the age of eleven, Leah started performing in a Classic Rock band with her older brother, belting out Heart and Pat Benatar covers. After a year at Berklee College of Music, she transferred to Belmont University in Nashville. Inspired by everything from the classic songwriting of George Strait, Bluegrass of The Steeldrivers, and 21st century vibes of Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa, she spent countless hours writing and honed a sharp signature style, resulting in her debut single “Far Boy.”
Taking the reins of her career, Leah watched YouTube tutorials about uploading media to Spotify, outsourced cover art, and finally decided to launch a TikTok page to promote “Far Boy.” The song played over a video captioned, “I called my ex to hang out so he could listen to this song I wrote about him,” and it organically exploded with 13 million views. Amassing tens of millions of views on TikTok and cracking 1 million streams across DSPs independently, she continues to connect on a series of 2021 singles.
Mason has been keeping herself busy since the viral status she achieved with her debut single “Far Boy” on TikTok and she shows no signs of slowing down. Leah Marie Mason never tries to be perfect. Instead, the North Carolina born and now Nashville based singer, songwriter, and artist allows her edges to frame an intimate and infectious brand of Country music that could resonate from a small town to the top of a big city. By doing so, she energizes the genre with universal Pop appeal.