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Stephen MacMillan Moser talks to Austin songstress Hedda Layne

Austin Chronicle: What were some of the early indications that made you know you wanted to be a performer?

Hedda Layne: My mother took me to see the movie New York, New York starring Liza Minelli. It ... well ... changed my life. I had already been a songstress and performer in my own home with my mother being my biggest fan shouting "project!" I then won first prize in a talent show in the 5th grade and then realized, "Ahhhh, this is want I want to do for the rest of my life, entertain!"

A.C.: What (or who) are your fashion influences?

H.L.: Again, Liza in New York, New York (Forties era) had everything to do with my beginning vintage influences. I've since, always been into vintage. I like to combine vintage couture and vintage pieces with current couture. I simple adore Galliano, Dior, Chanel, and Gautier.

A.C.: In your dreams, what venue are you playing, and what is the big event?

H.L.: Simple. Carnegie Hall. Hmm, I don't know ... Hedda Layne at Carnegie Hall?

A.C.: Husband/producer: Is that a hard one to juggle?

H.L.: It can be very difficult at times. But, you know, I can't imagine performing or being with anyone else, besides Troy Lee. I do have to separate career from home life, but I am so very lucky that I have someone like Troy, that I love, adore, and respect. Remember, he also has to put up with me!

A.C.: What are you working on now?

H.L.: We are making arrangements for national and European tours, as well as our new CD.

Hedda Layne plays Pride Austin í05 Downtown Block Party, Fourth and Guadalupe, Saturday, June 4, midnight and every Sunday at Rain, 217-B W. Fourth, 5:30pm, then at AIDS Services of Austinís Viva Las Vegas! at the Austin Music Hall, Saturday, June 25, 11pm.

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