For her new video, “Not Anymore,” the first single from her upcoming sophomore debut, “Lady Love,” LeToya plays Dorothy “Dot” Campbell, a doe-eyed sizzling singer from the sixties who is jilted by her two-timing lover, Spider (Lance Gross). She discovers he is creeping with her background singer, Josephine.
“Bryan Barber made us go there,” says LeToya. “It was so much fun because we were all so into our characters.”
Sixties singing sensation Dorothy “Dot” Campbell (LeToya) spends a lot of time on the road touring with other fellow musicians and sixties groups.
“Back in the days all the singing groups toured together on one bus,” says LeToya. “The individual artist didn’t get any special treatment with their own bus.”
“In this scene, my so-called man, Spider, is in the back of the bus openly flirting with my background singer, Josephine,” says LeToya. “I’m annoyed; he thinks I don’t see him, but I’m on to him.”
Although LeToya says she’s never been in a drama-filled triangle in her real love life she has been in some “difficult” relationships.
“In this scene, I’m singing my heart out that I’m not gonna stand for public humiliation,” says LeToya. “We can’t control the heart and how it loves, and sometimes it’s hard to let go, but you have to love yourself more and turn that no-good man loose.”
“Director Bryan Barber was great. He told us to create character names for ourselves and just go for it,” says LeToya with a laugh. “I go in on Spider (Lance Gross) and tell him he has to get to steppin’.”
“I kick him and Josephine off the bus and my manager let’s him know he can’t be upsetting his leading act—me.”
Dorothy “Dot” Campbell (LeToya) serves Spider (Gross) his walking papers and warns her backstabbing background singer to watch her back.
“I better not catch you in the street Josephine!” says Dot. But the real-life LeToya says she’s not throwing blows for any man. “I can’t fight for no man because that means I’m fighting for your uncertainty about me and our relationship, so what kind of sense does that make?,” says the singer. “Honey, there are too many men in this world, and there’s bound to be one who’s truly checking for me.”
“The entire time we were arguing we had our own soundtrack,” says LeToya, laughing. “He played a sad tune to set the mood. Whenever I deal with heartbreak, my therapy is to listen to all the love songs I can to purge my system—and I change my phone number so I won’t be tempted to call or keep expecting him to call back.”
“Dot is on top of the charts, but still a bit [melancholy] over Spider, and her girls are trying to take her out of her storm and lift her spirits,” explains LeToya. “Again, if I’m dealing with a heartbreak, I rely on heavy prayer, a good cry, some good love songs and a phone-number change.”
“That no-good Spider is begging my manager to give his new [quartet] a chance, but he isn’t trying to hear it,” says Dot (LeToya).
Success is always the sweetest revenge.
“it’s showtime,” says LeToya. “I’m over him and doing my thing.”
“Dot gets her shine on,” says the singer. “She’s living her life.”
LeToya, who recently opened up the second location of her Lady Elle boutique in Houston, brightens up the red carpet with a million dollar smile.
The former Destiny’s Child member makes her own legacy, following up the success of her debut with her sophomore effort, “Lady Love.”
“This album is going to show another side of me,” says LeToya, laughing. “I hope y’all like it.”
The Houston native is poised for stardom and will make her acting debut this September in the Warner Bros. film, “Preacher’s Kid.”