Michael LeClerc
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Michael LeClerc

Temecula, California, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2005 | AFM

Temecula, California, United States | AFM
Established on Jan, 2005
Solo Pop Rock




"MUST HEAR- Canadian Musician Michael Leclerc has a wonderful soulful voice and plays guitar a bit better than most!"

Canadian musician Michael Leclerc has a wonderfully soulful voice and plays guitar a bit better than most. But where he truly excels is in his songwriting. Mixing soul, powerpop and acoustic rock, Leclerc has an arsenal of hook-filled material that’s seriously impressive. It’s an eclectic batch of tunes. “Breathe” is a high-energy number taking the best elements of all three genres to craft a song that’s pure groove and would appeal to Style Council fans. Meanwhile, “Turnaround” is a dynamic rocker in the tradition of pop-tinged combos like The Gin Blossoms or Smithereens, and would stand up to any of their hits. Leclerc has a Saturday evening residency alongside guitarist Jonathan Ebanks at the Tiki House each Saturday in June at 6 p.m. For anyone who enjoys music more on the melodic side, this is definitely a talent you’ll want to hear.

Read more: San Diego Community News Group - MUST HEAR - sdnews.com/wrttien by Bart Mendoza

"California Dreaming Plays out for two Cayman Musicians!"

When exceptional talents unite and their musical chemistry connect, great opportunities can truly arise, even on an island as small as Grand Cayman. Singer-songwriter Michael Leclerc and local guitarist Jonathan Ebanks are on a creative trip to California to record with a top producer in Los Angeles.

For the musicians this comes as significant progress since they joined their musical forces a year ago and began performing as an acoustic duo at venues such as Mezza, Abacus and The Ritz-Carlton’s Silver Palm Lounge.

The distinctive blend of Leclerc’s voice and song writing twinned with Ebanks’ inventive guitar style brings a fresh, original sound best described as acoustic rock with nuances of funk, folk and blues.

“Jonathan lends a lot to my style of song-writing. He is probably the best guitar player I have ever worked with,” said Leclerc, who comes from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, and has 22 years of musicianship under his belt, “When I first came to Cayman, five years ago, I learned of his exceptional guitar skills. I am privileged to have such a gifted musician work with me and travel with me on this opportunity. He deserves this as does anyone who is willing to work hard on their passion.”

It was during a previous recording trip to California with his former band Smooth Bill that Leclerc’s songs fell into the hands of top producer Jim Wirt of 4th Street Recording Studios. With 11 gold and platinum records to his credit, the producer has helped in signing record labels for up 19 acts, such as Incubus, Fiona Apple and Hoobstank, to name a few.

“We are very excited and fortunate to work with a producer of his calibre,” said Leclerc. “The doors of opportunity are open. California is beautiful. I get a good vibe when I’m there. I am very proud, it has been a long road to get to this point”.

The five-song extended-play production will feature music and lyrics by Leclerc, with Ebanks laying down his parts and contributing his ideas. Plans for both musicians to collaborate on further song-writing and recording are firmly in place when they return to Cayman. The pair expressed their gratitude to Minister of Culture Mark Scotland “for his support and sponsorship towards this musical endeavour.”

Talking about their musical partnership, Ebanks said, “Michael and I have found a natural chemistry.

“There is a lot of untapped music within the both of us for many albums to come,” he added. Ebanks himself no stranger to song-writing and studio work.

In 2008 he released an album, Tales Of The G-String, featuring his outstanding skills on a 100-year-old Dyer model harp guitar, which he bought from Robert Hartman, the last living descendant of the Larson brothers, makers of this rare instrument.

“Tales Of The G-String is a contemporary, instrumental compilation of jazz, blues and folk songs based on my travels, personal experiences, friends and misfortunes on my musical journey”, said Ebanks.“The songs each tell a story using different tunings on the harp guitar.”

Having previously worked with local bands Memory of Justice, Hi-Tide and Thanks and Praises, the guitarist described his aspirations for the Los Angeles trip and future work with Leclerc: “We work well with each other. It’s something you can’t explain, travelling anywhere to play or record always excites me. It’s good for the soul, and what I love and have much passion for. I feel deep inside that Mike and myself are going to go far.”

Leclerc’s new extended play will be for sale on iTunes and Amazon when released, as will Ebanks’ new extended play upon its anticipated release at the end of this year. In the meantime tune into 106.1FM to hear his songs Gypsy Woman and Blue Mountain Morning, or seize the opportunity to experience these exceptional musicians when they play in Cayman - Cayman Compass


Recorded and Produced New EP along with Platinum Producer/Engineer Giff Tripp (311) and Pop Producer Eric Johnson (Shytown) at Studio 2, North Hollywood, CA, April 2015

Performed at Summer Twilight Concert Series, Del Mar, CA, September 2013- June 2014

Performed at the Temecula Ballon and Wine Festival, June 2013 

Video Release of New Single "Woman" July 2013 (Youtube)

Recorded Live Session and Video Release of New Single "Change" @ Capricorn Studios, San Diego, CA October 2012 (Youtube)

Indie Castle Radio Online Station playing "Breathe" 2012

Michael LeClerc Music now being played @Supercuts Salon U.S/Canada 2012

KUSI NEWS Morning Show TV Channel 9/Local 51 San Diego, CA (4 min segment promoting new EP "Radio" with live performance)  November 2011

KPRI 102.1FM, San Diego - EP  Single "Radio" April, 2011

Hometown Theaters (Texas) playing new EP "Radio" March, 2011

(Artist of the Month)  for single release "Radio" CKXS 99.1FM (Wallaceburg, Canada) - March, 2011

New EP "Radio" release February, 2011!

New releases Radio, Life and Breathe - KISS 106.1FM (Cayman Islands) Oct 2010

September, 2010 recorded 5 song EP with well known Rock Producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Hoobastank) @ 4th Street Recording Studio, Santa Monica, CA

Gypsy Woman and Kaliedoscope Sky - KISS 106.1FM (Cayman Islands) June 2009

May 09, Recorded three new tracks at Hopscotch Studios in Grand Cayman!

Blue Mountain Morning - 96.5FM Cayrock March 2008

You & Me - 96.5FM Cayrock March 2008

Seven Days - Radio Cayman July 2007

 June 07, Recorded first album at 4th Street Studios in Santa Monica, CA



Michael LeClerc was born in Chatham Ontario Canada.  He always knew he wanted to become a musician and often caught himself daydreaming at the young age of four, about being on stage entertaining others. "Music was always playing around my house as a child" said LeClerc "I don't know why I just knew that was what I wanted to do."  LeClerc sang in the choir at school starting at the age of eight, received his first guitar at the age of fourteen, joined the highschool band at the age of sixteen, where he had his first expereince singing in front of others, and at eighteen tried out for the school play and landed the lead role which is where he received the only vocal training he has ever had. 

Growing up in a blue collar town, LeClerc has done everything from picking tobacco, working in a factory processing brake shoes (to raise money for college), working in the cornmill, just to name a few.  After receiving his degree in Hospitality & Business Development LeClerc worked in several prestigious hotels in Ireland while pursuing his music career. 

In May of 2007, Canadian Singer Songwriter Michael LeClerc moved to the Cayman Islands.  He started the band, “Smooth Bill” who was invited to open for the multiple Juno Award winning and Canadian Music Hall of Fame band, "The Tragically Hip" in the Cayman Islands,  performing for 3,000 enthusiastic fans. "Smooth Bill" began circulating radio stations online and in the Cayman Islands.  Michael decided to quit all other distractions and focus solely on his music career. In September of 2010, Michael recorded his solo EP at  4th Street Recording Studio, Santa Monica, CA produced by Platinum Producer, Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Live, Hoobastank) and self released it in the Spring of 2011. It didn’t take long for the single "Radio" to get airplay on many stations throughout the US, Cayman Islands, and Canada. In the summer of 2011, LeClerc and well known Cayman Lead Guitarist Jonathan Ebanks toured the EP for 3 months throughout California. LeClerc has since moved to California and bought a van where he slept for many months while he concentrated on his career. 

Michael is being featured at Wineries up and down the West Coast of California and has been a featured performer in the Renaissance Hotels RLIFE Concert Series featuring the best of emerging Indie artists playing as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia. Bruno Mars, Robin Thicke, and Neon Trees are just a few big names that have also participated in the RLife Live program.

Michael just self Produced along with Platinum Producer Giff Tripp (311) and Pop Producer Eric Johnson (Shytown) his new EP at Studio 2 in North Hollywood, CA. Coming this summer 2015! 

LeClerc has been compared to artists such as James Taylor, David Gray, Jackson Brown, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, and Van Morrison.  His smooth voice and familiar lyrics will keep you coming back for more.

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