LEAH TURNER TAKES THE KEYS

LEAH TURNER TAKES THE KEYS
Leah Turner meets with fans before her performance at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

Leah Turner meets with fans before her performance at the Bud Light Stage at Bridgestone Arena Plaza on Saturday, June 7 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: Kayla Schoen/CMA

According to Leah Turner, she’s got “Tabasco in her veins” and a strong spirit in her soul.

Turner’s voice boomed all the way from the Bud Light Stage near Bridgestone Arena down to the corner of Fifth Avenue South and Demonbreun Street during her performance on Saturday afternoon. Kick-starting her show with “Take the Keys,” it was clear that she would command the stage from here on out.

People crowded around the area when she belted out her song, “Bless My Heart,” while clutching a miniature American flag and waving all around for fans to see. Then she introduced her latest single, “Pull Me Back,” exposing a softer side beneath her tough exterior.

“This one is about when the better choice seems like to hug the end of the bed rather than the one next to you,” she explained.

Shifting back into high gear, Turner covered the Dixie Chicks song, “Cowboy Take Me Away.” She said it was “always a favorite” of hers and how “there ain’t nothing like cowboys.”

Lea Staverosky, 29, of Long Island, New York, liked Turner’s music after listening to her on Spotify, but fell in love with her sound even more so after Turner played the cover.

“I loved the fact that she played the Dixie Chicks,” said Staverosky. “And she has the same name as me!”

After telling the crowd about her summer tour with Brad Paisley and thanking them all for coming out to support her, Turner put on her best feisty attitude for “My Finger.” She flipped her ring finger in the air toward the fans during the chorus and the rawness in her voice captured the gutsy grit in her act.

Midway through the song, Turner switched to a cover of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It),” while mimicking the classic hand flips from the original music video. Her little dance move mixed with her Country confidence proved one thing, for sure.

No one is going to pull her back.