Leslie Casey

Leslie Casey

BandJazzSinger/Songwriter

This jazz songstress brings her multi range vocal abilities to the forefront by combining jazz and neo soul to create soulful and powerful performances. WWW.LESLIECASEY.COM

Biography

Soulful. Charismatic. Powerful. These are some the words that describe this pure talent that is Leslie Casey. Blending the musical styles of Sarah Vaughn, the powerful vocals of Jill Scott and the sultriness of Sade, you will find Leslie's voice just as dynamic and commanding as her predecessors.

Leslie's unique musical style is Jazz fusion a combination of Jazz and funky Neo-soul. Leslie's music gives you a baseline groove while staying in the tradition of contemporary and standard Jazz. This sassy sound should generate a whole new listening audience that will not only enjoy but also appreciate this style of music.

This artist on the rise released her very first four song EP aptly entitled "Take a Chance", in March of 2007. This showcases Leslie’s ability of singing Jazz, R & B, and Neo soul. The highly successful EP was played on internet radio in London and the Netherlands. It has also cross over by being played on radio stations in the United States. Since then Leslie and her band, Leslie Casey Company has been performing regularly in New York City and Washington, DC respectively.

Leslie was born on May 14 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Eunice Casey (deceased) and Richard Wilson. As a young girl, Leslie excelled in academics and music. She began singing at the age of four, because of her mother's genetic genes and love of music. Her mother was an avid singer in her day who also played the violin. In addition, her mother introduced her to artists such Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder and Patti LaBelle. At the same time, Leslie was drawn to the jazz sounds of Dinah Washington and Phyllis Hyman to name a few. Leslie's father who had his own acappella group is still a local blues singer. So, naturally was only a matter of time before Leslie would follow suit.

"When I realized that I could sing, I felt compelled at an early age to perform on stage. Something in my heart knew I was supposed to be doing this. It just felt right."-- Leslie

Leslie's vocal abilities landed her wins at several local talents shows, leading to local exposure as a semi-finalist for the Coors Light Super Talent Showcase. She also had a two year-run as one of the singers of Pittsburgh's famed Glorious Rebirth Performing Troupe under the direction of the renowned Birdie Nichols. After a move to Washington, DC, Leslie continued to perform at various events for Glynn Jackson Productions, Barbizon Modeling School, Bowne and Company, University of Maryland, Wal-Mart and local weddings. Finally, Leslie made the decision to make the big move to New York to pursue singing full time.

"I have such a passion for the arts; whether I'm singing or acting I'm so at home on stage and that is a wonderful feeling for me. Plus, it is nice to give joy to other people who really appreciate my performance." –- Leslie

Along with her busy schedule, Leslie has managed to earn an associate degree in Theatre from Montgomery College, a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Maryland and currently Leslie will receive a M.S. in Public Relations in May of 2008. In addition, she is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Leslie also attended the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and TVI Studios in New York City for acting.

Leslie has created her own entertainment company LC Productions and Entertainment to expand the band's exposure and create other ventures for her in the future. In 2008, she will be working on a full length CD under her own label Juni records. Currently, Leslie and her band are regulars at the River Room of Harlem and Twin Jazz in Washington, DC. Now, they will be seen in other cities by via festivals and colleges.

Her band features an internationally diverse group of musicians that gives Leslie solid and electrifying performances. So, watch out, it is only a matter of time that you see this sultry singer gracing your nearest stage.

Radio play
WPSC - The Morning Blend Show- USA
Starpoint Radio - UK
APCS Radio - Netherlands

Discography

2007 EP Take A Chance
2008 CD TBA - Juni Records

Set List

Originals songs integrated with cover songs from classic to contemporary.

Classic Jazz songs

What a Difference a Day Makes
Look of Love
Old Black Magic
Summertime
My Funny Valentine
Misty
At Last
I've Got You Under My Skin
God Bless the Child
Better than Anything
Someone to Watch Over Me
Alfie
Stormy Weather
How Glad I am

Contemporary Jazz/Neo soul songs

Feel the Need - Anita Baker
Been So Long Anita Baker
Good Love - Anita Baker
Don't Cha Know - Erykah Badu
Inseparable- Natalie Cole
Velvet - Fergie
Memorized - Faith Evans
Lucky Day - Faith Evans
Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This - Rachelle Ferrell and Will Downing
I'm Coming Back-Lalah Hathaway
Forever, For Always - Lalah Hathaway
Somethin' - Lalah Hathaway
Betcha by Golly Wow - Phyllis Hyman
What You Won't Do For Love - Phyllis Hyman
Somewhere In My Lifetime - Phyllis Hyman
If You Go - Ledisi
My Sensitivity- Ledisi
Good Lovin - Ledisi
Behind the Groove - Teena Marie
Portuguese in Love - T