Leslie Bowe

Leslie Bowe

 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
BandR&BSoul

PITTSBURGH, PA- Leslie is an incredible performer, singer, and award winning songwriter. He has an amazing stage presence that attracts anyone who hears his voice. His music fits in the Acoustic Soul/Pop genre with a current & hip retro flavored mix. He adds a fresh angle to current sounds.

Biography

A Pittsburgh, PA native, Leslie was drawn to the acapella gospel and '60's music his father and uncle's sang when growing up. When they realized he could handle both melody and harmony with equal ease, he became part of the group. Those Christian soulful roots shaped who he is as a person, are heard in him and influence his music today. Leslie has admired the following artists and songwriters in his musical journey: Ben Harper, Zac Brown, Seal, Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Bunny Ruggs, Billy Joel & Elton John.

As an artist, Leslie Bowe has released 4 independent CDs: "Wings of your Dreams", "Through My Eyes", "Gypsy", and the "Color of Sound". Over the years, he has opened or shared the stage with such artists as Ben Harper, Patty Griffin, Maxi Priest, Third World, The Wailers, & UB 40, just to name a few.

As a songwriter, Leslie was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2008 Tunesmith Songwriting Contest in Nashville, TN for the song, "Livin' Large in a Small Town" (co-written by Scott Sanford and Linda M.), and the Grand Prize Winner of the Stagenoise 2007 International Songwriting Contest for the song "Here I Am" (co-written by Nancy Vogl). Leslie was also the 2008 Second Place Winner in the "Song of Peace Songwriting Competition" for the Tipperary Peace Convention held in Tipperary, Ireland for the song, "If Only for Today" (co-written by Geoff Thurman & Nancy Vogl). Leslie was also a Finalist for Heineken's 2008 Red Star Soul Independent Achiever Award in Chicago, IL. In addition, while attending the University of Pittsburgh his song, "Step to the Challenge" was chosen as the official Pennsylvania state theme song for the Special Olympics his senior year.

Leslie has also performed multiple shows for the Sunday Writer's Night series at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, and has sung our National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Pirates for many years.

Leslie Bowe...Fresh. Authentic. Soulful.

Lyrics

Mr. Man

Written By: Leslie Bowe

Hey, Mr. Man what’s in your master plan
People living in the streets
No, you’re not that kind of man
The kind of man who understands

When people criticize and they vandalize
Call it the sign of the times, I don’t understand why
People kill, swallow a pill
Say it’s just a thrill, the feeling is so surreal
They don’t know, now it’s time to show
Gotta gotta let it go, gotta let God’s love show
Let it flow….

Hate is filling up my lungs
I breathe it in the air
Bombs exploding, lives corroding
Love is on the way… I pray

Hey, Mr. Man what’s in your master plan
People killing in the streets
No, you’re not that kind of man
The kind of man who understands

Hey, Mr. Man what’s in your master plan…

Gypsy

Written By: Leslie Bowe

She blows in on a whisper
Hair dancing with the wind
Her life’s a song she’s singing
With no beginning and no end

No one knows where she’s going
But you’ll always know where she’s been
She wears her scars like a flower
No matter what the mood she’s in

She’ll take the darkness like the moon from the night
And light the sky with her smile

Roll on…Gypsy
You’ll always be free
Roll on…Gypsy
Roll on…Gypsy…roll on…

I wish I had lived my life never asking why
Never with what could have been
But every dream I had that died - is alive
In that Gypsy’s eyes

She’ll take the darkness like the sun from the night
And light the sky with her smile

Roll on…Gypsy
You’ll always be free
Roll on…Gypsy
Roll on Gypsy…roll on…

Even though her body is here
Her spirit has already flown…she’s already gone

Fall

Written By: Leslie Bowe

When love lies to you again
And faith can’t be found
When friends disappear
And laughter is just a sound

You don’t have to live alone inside your fears
You don’t have to run away - afraid to feel
Just close your eyes and take one step and I’ll be there
Then everything will…

Fall
All the walls that you’ve been building crumble to the ground
They’ll disappear and…
Fall
Your insecurities will follow and crumble to the ground
No more tears will…
Fall

Then love will let you live again
And pain will have no chance to breathe

Blind Love

Written By: Leslie Bowe

When you want someone to love you
Should they love you for the things you can buy
Or when you want someone to love you
Should they love you for the beauty inside

I can’t imagine that you don’t feel what I’m feeling
When you open up your mind and your soul
And you learn to let the heart guide the whole

When you don’t judge someone
Blind love leads you on…
And you don’t see color
Blind love leads you on…
When you see somebody’s lonely
Do you run away cause you don’t understand
Or when you see somebody’s lonely
Do you reach for them and take them by the hand

When you don’t separate (isolate)
Blind love leads you on…
And you don’t see gender (with hate)
Blind love leads you on…

It's Alright

Written By: Leslie Bowe

It’s ok if you wanna cry
You’ve gotta let it out don’t hold it inside
Cause your heart won’t feel the pain
When you don’t play that game anymore

It’s ok if you can’t sing
Even in a different key, just let your voice ring
Cause your song won’t sound the same
When you don’t play that game anymore - cause...

It’s Alright
To say what you say – to feel how you feel

It’s Alright
To be who you’ll be
And set yourself free…

It’s ok if you can’t dance
Even if you’ve got two left feet, you’ve gotta take the chance
Cause your moves won’t be the same
When you don’t play that game anymore - cause...

It’s Alright
To say what you say – to feel how you feel

It’s Alright
To be who you’ll be
And set yourself free…

Long hair – two holes in my ear
No one can tell me what I’m gonna wear
If I wanna pray for peace when enough is enough
I’m gonna love, who I wanna love

Home To Heaven

Written By: Leslie Bowe and Nancy Vogl

Verse I:
If religion was something that money could buy
The rich would live and the poor would die
But I know that it ain’t so
Because the rich as well as the poor must go

Chorus:
We’re going home, going home
Oh, yes I know…
We’re going home
Yes we are… Home to Heaven

Verse II:
Every morning, I know the sun’s gonna rise
Over the whole world, it ain’t gonna choose sides
It don’t matter ‘bout any fight
We’re all God’s children, gotta do what’s right

Chorus

Bridge:
Well, the past is past, tomorrow just a thought
Live in the now, every moment to be bought
Giving thanks is our earthly rent Before we know it, all our days have been spent

Verse III:
Ain’t no use comparin’, world’s got plenty to share We’ve all got some love to spare
What is the point of livin’ When a dying heart forgets about the givin’

Chorus to end

© 2007 Leslie Bowe & Nancy Vogl

Color of Sound

Written By: Leslie Bowe, Geoff Thurman & Nancy Vogl

Verse I:
I see a major shift in the masses
More folks wearing rose colored glasses
Whine about the raising of taxes
Choose to be consumed over what the price of gas is

I want to look at real life
Where people die livin under street light
Nothing left to do but shout
Beating on each other till the red blood runs out

Chorus:
This is how I feel
I’m bleeding from the bottom of my heart
Something real
You cannot conceal...the Color of Sound

Verse II:
Using red and blue to break a nation
What we need is better education
Boys and girls can build a bright tomorrow
Be the light after all the sorrow

Peace inside, souls collide, hate dies
Give up the fight living as it is ain't right
Know we can though the winds blow cold
Got to feed the hope before it slips away black as coal

Chorus:
This is how I feel
I’m crying from the bottom of my heart
Something real
You cannot conceal...the Color of Sound

Bridge:
A matrix of truth - A new reality - Got to see
Old to the young - Make a priority - Set them free
Yellow to grey - Night to the day - All I can say
Find us a way - For making it all OK

Chorus:
This is how I feel
I’m pleading from the bottom of my heart
Something real
Let your soul reveal...the Color of Sound

© 2007 Leslie Bowe, Geoff Thurman & Nancy Vogl

Hallelujah

Written By: © 2008 Leslie Bowe & Geoff Thurman

I was dedicated to you baby
I gave my heart and my soul
What I thought was love has turned my heart to stone
When you took my wings and I gave up control

You locked me up inside your prison
It felt like life without parole
I wanna feel the blades of grass beneath my feet
So, I gotta pack my bags and hit the road

Hallelujah
Cause I finally see
Hallelujah
You were smothering a brother till I set my body free

Call it therapy in motion
When I made up my mind
I’d rather be alone than caught up in your stuff
No more singing that caged bird song

Now a brighter day has broken up the haze
Cause you’re not standing in my way
Now that you are gone I can finally move on
The morning sun is shining me home

Hallelujah
Cause I finally see
Hallelujah
You were smothering a brother till I set my body free

© 2008 LEB Music (BMI) & JuWanFryzWiDat? Music (ASCAP)

Take Me There

Written By: © 2008 Leslie Bowe & Geoff Thurman

Living in a concrete world
Makes me crazy
Running inside the lines
I can’t take no more

If I could just break away
From all the madness
I’d walk through my momma’s door
And hear her say

Go on and play in the yard
Climb that old oak tree
Where times were not so hard
Put the records on
And go back in your mind
To the place where you are free
Through love and time
Take me there

I can smell apple pie
In the kitchen
Singing those harmonies
From days gone by

Touching my grandpa’s hand
When he still remembered
And holding his head up high
I’d hear him say

Now and then I need to hide
In shelter where I can be just like a child
Re-living the memories I hold deep inside
In a place called home – Oh, I wanna…

Go on and play in the yard
Climb that old oak tree
Where times were not so hard
Put the records on
And go back in my mind
To the place where I am free
Through love and time
Take me there

© 2008 LEB Music (BMI) & JuWanFryzWiDat? Music (ASCAP)

This Time

Written By: Leslie Bowe

Verse 1:

I know what you’ll say, I know how you’ll think of me this time
Cause you’ve heard it all before, every time I close an open door

I don’t know my name, cause I don’t see myself the same
When you’re almost on the ground, there’s nowhere left but down

Chorus:

This Time
I’m gonna make it on my own
I’m gonna battle, I’m gonna show you who this man can be

This Time
Will my skeletons keep haunting me
I’m gonna learn from my mistakes and hold the hands of faith

Verse 2:

It’s been three hundred days and six hours since I went away
And you still don’t think I’ll change, cause you control this crazy game
But you don’t know my heart, cause I know I’ll make a brand new start
They call you destiny
But you don’t know what’s inside me
(No, you don’t know me destiny…)

Chorus:

This Time
I’m gonna make it on my own
I’m gonna battle, I’m gonna show you who this man can be

This Time
Will my skeletons keep haunting me
I’m gonna learn from my mistakes and hold the hands of faith
This Time

© 2005 LEB Music Publishing

Discography

Songs can be streamed from lesliebowe.com -
myspace.com/lesliebowe
CDBaby.com/all/lesliebowe or digstation.com/lesliebowe

Set List

Two 60-90 minute sets of original music