They say there is no such thing as a coincidence. I believe it. I have been a big fan of LP for years, as I have watched her explode on the LA music scene. Her ability to command a room through her powerful performance and incredibly beautiful voice will leave you speechless. I have always wanted to interview her, especially when I found out she is a big fan of yoga. With her new album, Forever For Now, coming out June 3 on Warner Brothers Records, now felt like the perfect time. I spoke with her manager, who is a close friend, to see if there was anyway I could spend a few minutes with her, or maybe share a yoga class. Since we both have crazy schedules, I figured it would be next to impossible to set something up…and then two days later a “coincidence” happened. As I was about to begin my morning yoga class with one of my favorite teachers, Joan Hyman, I turned around and guess who was literally right next to me in class? You guessed it, LP!! We quickly laughed about the crazy twist of fate that had us side-by-side on our mats that morning. You learn a lot about someone through their yoga practice. What I learned about LP that day was that she is incredibly strong with a powerful, yet peaceful, presence. I was definitely impressed and inspired by her practice, just as I am by her music. With her powerful and unique voice, she has been described as a cross between Jeff Buckley, Florence & the Machine, and Janis Joplin with a style and sound all her own. She is equally gifted as a songwriter and has written songs for artists like: Christina Aguilera and Rihanna (including the song “Cheers, “which I worked at Island Def Jam Music Group. It was a big hit!).
When it comes to her health and fitness routine, we have a lot in common. Our favorite exercise activities are yoga and hiking. Depending on her schedule, LP tries to practice yoga three to six days a week and hike at least twice. When she is traveling, she takes her yoga mat on the road and streams the class from her favorite teachers…or hits local studios. The yoga pose she enjoys the most is triangle (same as me) because it doesn’t take a lot of effort and you feel the benefits throughout your body. It’s also good for working tight hamstrings. In addition, we have similar eating habits which are basically vegan with occasional fish, eggs, and cheese (as I like to call it a “veg-aquarium”). Her daily dietary supplement is Green Vibrance which she calls her “back up nutrition,” ensuring sure she gets all the greens and probiotics she needs. According to LP, “If you are on this earth you have to take care of yourself; you want your life to be the best it can possibly be.” We all benefit when someone with this much talent operates at the top of her game. Be sure to pick up her latest single, “Night Like This”, my favorite LP song, “Into the Wild” (which you will recognize from the Citibank commercial) and her new album, Forever For Now, ASAP! You will see what I mean about her mind-blowing talent.
Her favorite vegan recipe:
one large onion
2 cloves garlic
2 heaping teaspoons turmeric
2-3 teaspoons ginger, grated or finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
one whole green chili, grated, or cayenne pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste
3 bay leaves
2 cups lentils
1 teaspoon coriander powder
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, chopped
3-4 handfuls baby spinach
Soak in the lentils in spring water for at least 30 minutes (soaking decreases cooking time).
Cook onion and garlic in 2-3 TBSP coconut oil over med heat until soft.
Turn down heat and spices and cook for five minutes.
Add lentils with enough water to cover them, and heat to a boil, then simmer until soft.
Add spinach and fresh cilantro if desired.
Stir every ten minutes until done. Usually takes about 30 minutes to cook.
Serve hot and top with fresh coriander if desired.
Find LP at: IAMLP.com