WELCOME TO SMART COOKIES WITH JENNI TOOLEY - DALLAS EDITION!
In our premiere episode of Smart Cookies, host Jenni Tooley speaks with electro-pop artist Holly Peyton better known as LEV at Deep Ellum Art Co., about everything from her rise in the Dallas music scene to her struggles with self-image in the industry to how she lives a balanced life as an artist.
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ABOUT SMART COOKIES: Smart Cookies with Jenni Tooley is a new interview series supported by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs featuring some of our city's most dynamic female talent. From established local icons like Vicki Meek and Marianne Gargour to multi-talent wonders like Stormi Demerson, Anastasia Munoz and Holly"LEV" Peyton to up-and-comers like Karissa F Leicht, host Jenni Tooley explores how artists balance their personal, business and professional lives while creating an impact. We'll also showcase Dallas locations like the Deep Ellum Art Company, South Dallas Cultural Center, Continental Gin Building, Arts Mission Oak Cliff, Grand Park and Wilson Building.
HOST BIO: JENNI TOOLEY
Jenni Tooley is a filmmaker, actor, producer, and writer. She is perhaps best known for her work as Annie, Ethan Hawke’s second wife, in Richard Linklater’s award-winning Boyhood. Additional film and television credits include Walker Texas Ranger, Wishbone, Arlington Road, and Wes Anderson’s first feature, Bottle Rocket. In 2007, she wrote, directed, produced and edited a short film called The Safety of Others which she shot in Dallas.
Jenni’s most recent project is STUCK, an independent feature film. She is currently developing a web-based interview series in which she interviews Dallas’ great women artists in various locations around the city.
ARTIST BIO: HOLLY “LEV” PEYTON
Holly "LEV" Peyton is a self-taught songwriter and guitarist. After making noise in the music scene with her debut EP, "Fear No Evil" in May 2015 on Vintage Lion Records, electro-pop artist LEV caught the attention of international record label and music agency DEFDISCO, ultimately signing with the British label in May 2016. The fourth artist to sign with DEFDISCO for label representation in the U.S., LEV’s infectious lyrics alongside dreamy synths and booming beats serve as a nod to ‘70s disco and ‘80s synth-pop.
ABOUT THE SPACE:
Deep Ellum Art Co. is a place where you can experience live music, local art, huge drink selections, and delicious street food. Founded by entrepreneur and creative advocate John LaRue, Deep Ellum Art Co. is Dedicated to the Creative and Native. LaRue, who also owns So-Cal Tacos in Grapevine, is using this multi-use location to preserve the artistic value that makes Deep Ellum unique and bringing the creative community together. The mixed-use creative facility is combining an art gallery with 27 taps and seven cocktails, food trucks, indoor and outdoor event/performance spaces, and an ambitious outdoor street art gallery to complement the more than 20 artists featured all over the building. The space is located at 3200 Commerce St., Dallas, Texas 75226.
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