Peyton Lescher - Sharing Her Thoughts Through Music...

By Dave Kosciolek

2018 has been quite the year for Peyton Lescher. Start school at Flagler College? Check. Vote in your first election? Check. Participate in the Sing Out Loud Festival, a month-long celebration of original music in Saint Augustine, with headline acts including Jason Isbell and The Decemberists? Check. Perform your original music at high-profile stages like the Jacksonville Landing, Colonial Oak Music Park, and the Saint Augustine Amphitheatre? Check. Wait, the Amphitheatre? Yes. As the winner of the Sing Out Loud “What's Hot" contest, Lescher recently headlined her own show at the Amphitheatre, complete with her name in huge letters and lights on the big marquee along A1A. And, the year isn’t even over yet.

One might think all of this might be overwhelming, but being part of a military family and having lived in the Chicago suburbs and Virginia Beach before landing in Florida, Lescher is just enjoying the ride. She tells me that her dream since she was a little kid singing her first song (“Travelin’ Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks) was “to share my thoughts through music.” She’s up to 5 original songs that she has written, and is working on more as we speak, with hopes to begin recording toward her first album in the next few months.

So, let's learn a little more about this rapidly rising local talent. Lescher mentions Sia and Ariana Grande as two of her influences, citing their “pop music” as the best genre to categorize her music as well. Among the current artists she listens to regularly are the aforementioned Grande, English, indie-folk, sister trio The Staves, and English indie-pop singer-songwriter Rex Orange County. When asked what 5 people she would invite to a dinner party that night, she chose Barack Obama, Ariana Grande, English novelist Jane Austen, writer and director Stephen Chbosky (perhaps best known for writing the novel, “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and directing the movie of the same name), and her mom, “so that she could experience it with her.”

While we wait for Peyton to release some new music, there will be at least two chances to hear her live this month, on back to back nights! On Tuesday, Dec. 11, Lescher will be the featured artist at the Night Market at St. Augustine Amphitheatre, which runs 6 to 9pm. Then, Wednesday night Dec. 12, Lescher will be the featured artist downtown among the Night of Lights at Colonial Oak Music Park, performing from 9 to 10pm.

See and hear Peyton Lescher live at Colonial Oak Music Park, Downtown St. Aug, Dec. 12 from 9 to 10pm

dave kosciolek