Leslie Clemmons

Leslie Clemmons

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Sounds like Alanis Morrisette backed by Dave Matthews on half the record with a combo of Bonnie Raitt, Norah Jones and Peggy Lee on the flip side!

Biography


Leslie Clemmons Bio

A desire to use her voice like an instrument, embracing the styles of Jazz, Blues, Pop and Classical, is what has led New Orleans born Leslie Clemmons to a versatile and successful music career.

Leslie has carved out her own niche from youth to adulthood, and she did it on her terms. Using rich experiences from singing in High School and church choirs in New Orleans, LA, to traveling and performing in North America and Europe with various regional theater companies, to doing a national tour of the Broadway production of Les Miserables, she has taken all of this and put it into her God given craft of song writing and recording.

Releasing “Stop The World” her debut CD in 2004, Leslie began a schedule of nightclub performances in New York City and eventually around the country, supported by a national commercial and noncommercial radio campaign. During her tour she continued to write songs, and after a life threatening kidney disease in January 2005 brought her dangerously close to quitting for good, she decided to keep fighting for her life and her career.

It was then, during her seven months of recovery, that she decided to embrace non-conventional treatment for her disease and her music. She was working on her sophomore CD, “Waiting for My Conviction”, and before she new it her sound was becoming more and more Noncommercial (in a radio format sense). Having already decided that Major labels were not for her (“Stop The World” was put out by her husband’s Indie Label, Verdict Records) she wrote and sang completely from the heart. The result was brilliance.

As more tragedy ensued, with her family part of the now infamous Hurricane Katrina evacuation, and now rebuilding of New Orleans, “Waiting for My Conviction” is a cathartic walk through the pain and tragedy of life and the human will to survive and cling to the good and the hope of a better future. Musically, Leslie and her producer/co-writer/husband got back to her New Orleans roots and realized just how much her youth in New Orleans had influenced her life and her music.

Leslie Clemmons’ Sophomore CD “Waiting for My Conviction” is set to be released on March 28th, 2006.

Lyrics

Perfect Imperfection

Written By: Leslie Clemmons

Perfect Imperfection
Music & Lyrics by Leslie Clemmons
Music & Arrangement by Rod Clemmons
©2005
 
I tried to buy a pair of jeans today that were designed to fit a mannequin.
“Do you have any blues that could fit, say, Marilyn Monroe?”
A girl with a boyish figure glared, “Ma’am, try Macy’s ‘cause I don’t know.”
I don’t know!
 
Chorus:
I hate it when blue skies are covered behind rose-colored glasses,
Because imperfect perfection is what I crave today
I don’t need rose-colored glasses to tell me I live in heaven because it comes down to earth when I am in your arms.
… Perfect Imperfection
 
On the cover of a magazine it says “Swimming Suit Solutions”…
“Hide your imperfections by choosing the right choices for your body type”.
Inside…blemish-free boys and girls and I can hardly tell the difference in their perfect world…What a perfect World?!
 
Chorus:
I hate it when blue skies are covered behind rose-colored glasses,
Because imperfect perfection is what I crave today
I don’t need rose-colored glasses to tell me I live in heaven because it comes down to earth when I am in your arms.
(… Perfect Imperfection)
 
Musical Bridge
 
Everybody’s lookin’ for that Nip/Tuck
Even all those desperate housewives
But what goes up must come down, even if supported by silicone.
Leave my breasts alone!
 
Chorus:
I hate it when blue skies are covered behind rose-colored glasses,
Because imperfect perfection is what I crave today
I don’t need rose-colored glasses to tell me I live in heaven because it comes down to earth when I am in your arms.
I hate it when blue skies are covered behind rose-colored glasses,
Because imperfect perfection is what I crave today
I don’t need rose-colored glasses to tell me I live in heaven because it comes down to earth when I am in your arms…
 

Know One Thing

Written By: Leslie Clemmons

Know One Thing
Lyrics by Leslie Clemmons
Music by Leslie & Rod Clemmons
© 2006

Life is painful, life is a song
Sometimes I think I’m right when I’m wrong,
But I know one thing, I got you babe.
I just know one thing
I got you babe.

Life is bad and life is good, but
I wouldn’t change it if I could
‘Cause of just one thing: I got you babe.
I know just one thing
I got you babe.

I don’t have the perfect job, and
Sometimes I’d rather be feeding the hogs
But I know one thing
I got you babe
Only know one thing
I got you babe

I got you and you got me, and
We’re as happy as we can be, and
We may only have the Christmas tree, but
I got you and, sugar, you got me babe
I got you babe.

Sometimes I feel I just can’t go on.
Certain I can’t sing one more song
There is just one thing that keeps me rehearsin’
I know just one thing
You make it worth it.

Life is bad and life is good, but
I wouldn’t change it if I could
‘Cause of just one thing: I got you babe.
I know just one thing
I got you babe.

52nd Street

Written By: Leslie Clemmons

52nd Street
Lyrics by Leslie Clemmons
Music by Leslie & Rod Clemmons
© 2006

Walkin’ down one street in town
At work, at home, at play
Bitterness comes home to roost,
Injustice shoots my faith,
Standin’ on the corner waiting for the light to change.
Looking for a detour sign,
Gotta’ leave this place

Always on 52nd Street,
Never on Broadway.
Always on 52nd Street,
Never in L.A.
Don’t look back.
It’s why she turned to salt.
Don’t look back.
You’ll be stuck right where you walk.
Don’t look back
Or you’ll always be on 52nd Street.

Walkin’ down one street in town
Day after day after day.
Mistakes haunting my every move
And I long to fade away.
Lying in my bed at night Corporate salt in every wound.
Looking for a new physician.
Gotta’ find a cure.

Always on 52nd Street,
Never on Broadway.
Always on 52nd Street,
Never in L.A.
Don’t look back.
It’s why she turned to salt.
Don’t look back.
You’ll be stuck right where you walk.
Don’t look back
Or you’ll always be on 52nd Street.

Repeat Chorus and ride out

Discography

Stop The World, CD, 2003
Waiting for My Conviction CD 2006
Latest Radio Single "Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans" was very successful on AAA Radio (2005)
Lie In Your Arms, radio single can be heard on national radio stations and on Live365.com.
CD Available thru CDbaby.com, Tower Records retail stores nationally and online at TowerRecords.com. Also sold at www.leslieclemmonsmusic.com

Currently on AAA Non-Commercial Radio:

KUMD, FM 103.3 , Duluth, MN (First AAA Station to add me to their playlist!) 1-800-566-KUMD
WNTI-FM 91.9 request line : 908-852-4545 Hackettstown, New Jersey "Centenary College Radio"
WMFO-FM 91.5 Phone: 617-625-0800 Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts "Freeform Radio"
WUWM-FM 89.7 Phone: 414-227-3355 University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee "Milwaukee Public Radio"
WRUW-FM 91.1 Studio Phone Line: (216) 368-2208 Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio "More Music Fewer Hits"
WYOU 100.9 FM Williamsburg/Virginia Beach, 757-573-5456
KTOO, FM 104.3, Juneau, AK , Ph. 907-586-1670
KVNF, Paonia, CO , Phone: 970-527-4866
WWUH, West Hartford, CT , Phone: 860-768-4703
KKCR, Hanalei, HI , Phone: 808-826-7774
KUNI, Cedar Falls, IA , Phone: 319-273-6400
WHAY 98.3 FM, Whitley City, KY , Phone: 606-376-2218
WHFC 91.1 FM, Bel Air, MD, Phone: 410-836-4151
KZMU 89.7, Moab, UT, Phone: 801-363-1818
KPUR, Forest Way, OR
WERH FM 92.1, Hamilton, AL, Phone: 205-921-3481
CKUA, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
KDNK, 88.1 FM, Phone: 303-963-0139 Glenwood Springs, Colorado "Fork Valley Community Radio"
KIDE, Hoopa, CA, Native American owned & operated station
KSUT, FM 91.3, Ignacio, CO
WPKN, FM 89.5, Bridgeport, CT
WMNF, FM 88.5, Tampa, FL
WEFT, FM 90.1, Champaign, IL
WFHB, FM 91.3, Bloomington, IN
WMKY, FM 90.3 Morehead, KY
KRVS-FM 88.7, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
WERU, FM 89.9, Blue Hill, ME
KFAI-FM 90.3 , Minneapolis, MN, Phone: 612-341-3144
WTIP-FM 90.7, Grand Marais, MN
KZUM-FM 89.3, Lincoln, NE
WDVR, FM 89.7, Delaware Township, New Jersey
WAER, FM 88.3, Syracuse University, NY
WJFF-FM 90.5, "Radio Catskill", Jeffersonville, NY
CKCU-FM 93.1, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
KSMF-FM 89.1, Southern Oregon University, Ashland, OR
WVIA-FM 89.9, Scranton, PA
WRIU-FM 90.3, University of Rhode Island, Kingston
KPFT-FM 90.1, "The Sound of Texas", Houston
KSER-FM 90.7, Everett, Washington
WOJB-FM 88.9, Hayward, Wisconsin
WORT-FM 89.9, Madison, WI
WUWM-FM 89.7, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
KXCI FM 91.3 - Tucson, AZ, Request Line:(520)622-5924
KMUD FM 91.1 - Redway, CA, (707) 923-2513
KZYX FM 90.7 - Philo, CA, On-Air Studio: (707)895-2448 or 1-800-499-7117
KBUT FM 90.3 - Crested Butte, CO, Studio: 970-349-7444
KDUR FM 91.9 - Durango, CO, 970-247-7262
FM ODYSSEY,WFIT 89.9FM Merritt Island, FL, Phone: (321) 674-8140
WOUB FM 91.3 - Athens, OH, 740-593-1771
WDIY FM 88.1 - Bethlehem, PA, 610-694-8100 WSYC FM 88. - Shippensburg, PA, Studio/Request: (717) 477-1480
WXPR FM 91.7 - Rhinelander, WI, 715-362-6000

Set List

Typical set length is 45- 90 mins. dependent upon what the venue is looking for.
Sets can be longer if requested.
Songs included from Leslie's two Albums are:
Duplicity
Stop The World
Interpret The Sky
Lie In Your Arms
I Love You More
Misery Loves Company
The Blind Lead The Blind
So Far Away (cover)
Walls Of Jericho
Stephie's Song
Theresa Street
Waiting For My Conviction
52nd Street
Perfect Imperfection
Lonely For Two
Don't Sing at The Table
Like My Mother Said
Wishes and Whys
Black Cat
Know One Thing
Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans(cover)
Forgive You
Don't Let Them Take Your Blues Away

Covers Include:
All I wanna Do is have some Fun (Sheryl Crow)
Steve McQueen (Sheryl Crow)
Time Of Our Lives ( Bonnie Raitt)
What's Up? ( Linda Perry, 4 Non- Blondes)
So Far Away( Carole King)
Carolina (James Taylor)
Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Lonely For Two (Glenn Greenberg)
Like My Mother Said (Kathy Smock)
Waiting For my Convi