Leon Timbo
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Leon Timbo

Atlanta, GA | Established. Jan 01, 2002 | INDIE

Atlanta, GA | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2002
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"If You Want the Girl, Leon Timbo Is Your Guy!"

Sometimes you don’t want to turn up. Sometimes you just want to relax and listen to music that will wash away the day’s anxieties. If you’re in that kind of mood, then Leon Timbo is your guy.
The Florida native scored the dream of a lifetime opening for singer/actor Tyrese at the Dallas House of Blues. From there, he’s been able to work with music industry elite such as Quincy Jones, R. Kelly and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, or in Leon’s case, his friend Kenny. -


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When Leon Timbo went to perform at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ The Potter’s Church in 2008, he hoped to change people’s lives with his uplifting music. But it was the Jacksonville, Florida, native’s life that was about to change. 

After delivering a rousing set that focused on Timbo’s signature emotionally-rich, love-centric tunes, the singer-songwriter-musician was met backstage by Tyrese. “He walked in the back after I was done and said, ‘Dude. I don’t know what just happened, but whatever just happened I want to happen tonight at my show,’” Timbo recalls today.

That night, Timbo opened for Tyrese at the House of Blues in Dallas, setting the foundation for a friendship and brotherhood that has enabled Timbo to hone his skills and perform and create music in the studio with some of the biggest names in music history, from Quincy Jones and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds to R. Kelly and Diddy. 

Timbo spent several months in the studio with Babyface, in particular, as he developed his sound, his voice and his songwriting abilities. While working with many of music’s elite artists, Timbo met Riverphlo Entertainment’s Luther “Mano” Hanes. The two formed a quick bond that culminated in Timbo’s signing to Riverphlo.

There’s a reason Timbo’s music covers more than the superficial aspects of relationships. “I see love in the world,” he says. “I find the core to living finding that love, dealing with that love, processing that love and I believe that’s in every aspect of our lives, from our favorite team to our favorite candidate for President. It stems from a connection, a passion, that concept. I like to talk about the distractions of that concept, the freedoms and the pains of that concept. That’s the lens that I look at everything through.”

Growing up with parents who were both pastors, Timbo’s lens did not initially include music. Even though he hung around musicians and didn’t think he had any inherent musical talent, Timbo became increasingly frustrated by his lack of musical acumen. 

Timbo then consulted his two fathers: his heavenly Father and his biological father. After locking himself in the bathroom, he said a prayer. Timbo’s biological father also provided significant insight to his son. “My dad told me, ‘Be you, because you can only be No. 1 at being you. You can only be No. 2 at being anything else.’”

But Jacksonville wasn’t Timbo’s place. When his parents divorced in 2005, Timbo was devastated by the dissolution and decided to make significant changes in his own life. “That drove me to find me,” he says. “Sometimes people don’t get that crisis is an indication of a change needing to take place. I did. Artistically, that’s why I’m so passionate about what is and what isn’t love being expressed. That’s why that’s the story of my life. The thing that you feel like you didn’t understand is the thing that you’re passionately after.” 

Timbo moved to Atlanta without any leads or any promise of success. He just went to find himself. Soon thereafter, he ended up on the road performing. Those travels took him to Dallas and, later, to his status as a BET Music Matters artist and acclaim in XXL, among other accomplishments.

In addition to his Introducing Leon Timbo EP, Timbo looks forward to the Spring 2015 release of his new project "What Loves All About" on Riverphlo Entertainment.

Thankful for the opportunity to create music that stirs the soul and may help change lives with its uplifting themes and messages, the man with the guitar plans to keep making music that matters. 

“I feel like the emptiness in musical expression stems from us being afraid to be transparent, to not be perfect, to not do it right, to not just say ‘I’m sorry,’ but to actually be transparent enough to say why,” Timbo says. “Without that, I think we’re missing a huge piece of what our music is. Being that that’s who I am, I feel like I’m special – and that my message is special – for this moment.”

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