In an exclusive Q+A feature for the LA CANVAS digi-sphere with photography by Taj TPK and styling by Mara Stusser, we see just how confident this music maven is in front of a lens. Her response to a few staple questions we tossed her way — what's her LA hustle like, words of wisdom and her favorite moments in a recording studio — were as amplified and vibrant as her vocals. Damn, those vocals...

LA CANVAS: What's the inspiration behind "Loner"? MARZ LEON: Trying so hard to make other people that I've loved in my life happier than I've ever had for myself. I learned to let go of the lack of acknowledgement from selfish souls to embrace my lonesome and happiness first.

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LAC: What's the journey been like in LA as a young emerging music artist? ML: It's a struggle but what isn't? 2014 has actually been a lot more relaxed and natural for my music to come together and grow organically. LA is what you make of it—it's all about who you surround yourself with and connect to without losing yourself. People get blinded by the flashing lights and idea of fame and forget what their real purpose is in life.

LAC: What's your most cherished time in the recording studio? ML: Being able to set my mind free and erase anything and everything that happened before I walked in there.

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LAC: What's your current playlist? ML: Music from the past to myself & Frank Ocean.

LAC: Words to live by? ML: Always do what makes you happy & feel alive. Never focus on the distractions that try and bring an end to your path.

Follow this songstress on Instagram @marzxleon

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