NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A local artist hopes to empower women through music.

Roberta Lea calls Norfolk home. The country singer and songwriter made the CMT Next Women of Country class of 2023.

Her song Too Much of a Woman’ encourages anyone in a toxic relationship to ‘step aside.’

If I’m too much of a woman
You can kindly step aside
A true king can handle me
He’s got what it takes inside

She produced the song at her home in Norfolk with all women musicians from across the country.

“My hope for this song is that, when women or anyone listens to it, they will hear the song and find the courage to look at the situation that is not serving them and say ‘no, I’m done’!”

When Lea was trying to create the concept for the music video, she reached out to Neisha Himes. The two met through spoken word events in Hampton Roads.

Himes is a domestic violence survivor. She founded the G.R.O.W. (Girls Recognizing Our Worth) Foundation Inc. Himes left an abusive relationship and started her healing journey through writing and boxing.

“We’ve always been connected,” Lea said. “Her story in itself just demonstrates the power and the intent behind the song.”

Himes is now the star character in the music video. She calls the song ‘a survivors anthem.’

“The song is very encouraging and inspiring. It makes you feel you feel unstoppable,” Himes said.

The duo made a quick trip to New York City to watch the CMT video debut in Times Square last weekend.

“To see our music video that was homegrown right here in the 757, a collaborative effort between three creatives in this area, to see it on a platform like Times Square, it was just a really proud moment,” Lea said. “It just reassured me like, ‘Yeah, you can do it. You can do it on your own terms.'”

Himes, a New Jersey native, was surprised by her family for the moment she’ll never forget.

“To stand in Times Square … I felt like … this fight, it wasn’t in vain,” Himes said. “I didn’t deserve what I went through, but I was supposed to go through what I went through, so I could be standing there.”

Fans are encouraged to vote for ‘Too Much of a Woman’ on the CMT Music 12 Pack Countdown.

Lea wants to connect with women’s shelters and women empowerment conferences.

On Aug. 26, you can watch Lea perform in the MatchBout boxing ring during the annual G.R.O.W. Square up event.

If you or you know someone who may be a victim of domestic violence or child abuse, click here for a list of local and national resources.

Avalon Center in Williamsburg

Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence

  • Hotline number: 757-787-1329
  • Offers: emergency shelter, 24-hour crisis hotline, individual counseling, safety planning, children’s services, legal advocacy, accompaniment during hospital visits and court appearances and support groups to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Website:

Samaritan House Inc. in Virginia Beach

  • Phone: 757-631-0710
  • Offers counseling, emergency shelter placement, and safety planning.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline 757-430-2120

H.E.R. Shelter in Portsmouth

The Genieve Shelter in Suffolk

  • Phone: 757-925-4365
  • Offers emergency shelter and crisis services.
  • Crisis Hotline 757-705-2025 or 757-353-1439
  • Contáctanos para ayuda inmediata 1-800-969-4673
  • Website:

Transitions Family Violence Services in Hampton

  • Phone: 757-722-2261
  • Offers emergency shelter, crisis services, court advocacy, and counseling.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline (757) 723-7774
  • Website:

YWCA South Hampton Roads in Norfolk

  • Phone: 757-625-4248
  • Offers emergency shelter and crisis services.
  • 24-hour Crisis Hotline 757-251-0144
  • Website:

National Human Trafficking Task Force Hotline: 1-888-3737-888.  

Hampton Roads Human Trafficking Task Force: 757-430-2120

Blue Campaign to bring an end to Human Trafficking

Prevent Child Abuse America – Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others.

Child abuse and neglect are serious problems that can have lasting harmful effects on its victims. For more information on preventing child abuse and neglect check out resources from the CDC or call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453 for help.