Russell Leonce

Russell Leonce

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A refreshing, versatile Caribbean Gospel sound with gritty earthiness and smooth cadences which will energise, soothe and inspire all listeners.

Biography

Russell Léonce adds a refreshing, new, standout sound to Caribbean music that will appeal to audiences across the nation of Trinidad and Tobago and the world. His versatility is astounding, as his voice channels soulfulness, earthiness and neo-soul cadences.

Having worked with nearly all of T inidad and Tobago's top gospel artistes as a backing vocalist, including the
brother-and-sister duo Ceejay & Luckey, and The Love Circle, Russell decided to go front stage with his music and his talent. “Singing background vocals for many years with many artistes including sharing the stage with international Gospel recording artist Deitrick Haddon at the annual Pilgrimage, Yolanda Adams and Stichie, I felt it was time to bring my brand of gospel music to the forefront,” says Russell.

In November 2006, Russell placed second in the local gospel competition in the south of Trinidad, also collecting the prize for Most Spirit Filled Song. ‘Unchanging', a song written by Russell copped the winning position.

In November 2008, he gave a rousing performance of “Troubles Won't Last” at the Copyright Music Organisation of Trinidad and Tobago (COTT) Music Awards, for which he garnered a standing ovation. In December 2009, he was one of the featured artists in the Trinidad and Tobago Showcase at the Miami Music Festival.

Russell released his debut album Culture of Love in March 2009, which continues to enjoy local and international acclaim. It was featured as one of the top twelve gospel albums of 2009 by PrayzeHymn Online. In January 2010, the Album won in the Gospel Category of the 9th Independent Music Awards, and in July won the Vox Pop Poll Award in the same category. The Album was nominated for ten (10) awards at the 2010 Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards, garnering three of them: Contemporary Vocal Perfrormance of the Year – Male for “L.I.V.E.”, Contemporary Recording of the Year for “Smile” and Packaging of the Year for the Album.

Russell is an anointed worship leader which is apparent in his live performances. With his command of the stage and his gifted vocal ability, he is unquestionably the new musical sensation within the Caribbean region that will take the gospel to new heights and greater possibilities.

Lyrics

Grateful

Written By: Russell Leonce


Lord your ways have a passion for my heart
Your life Lord you gave
So that I can be made apart of your grace
How is it your love
Can look beyond all my faults and all my mistakes
To see the plans you have for me
Plans to give me hope and prosperity…so

Chorus
In my life I’m grateful to you
Cause all you’ve been is faithful perfect kind and true
In my life I’m grateful to you
Cause all you’ve been is faithful perfect kind and true

Oh how I know the many times I’ve hurt you so
Turning from your light led by my own sight
How I failed you trusting in my might
But oh how your love
Can look beyond all my faults and all my mistakes
Now I see the plans you have for me
Plans to give me hope peace and prosperity…so

Chorus

Bridge
I’m, I’m so amazed at your love for me
And I’m so thankful
For the day you rescued me

Chorus
In my life I’m grateful to you
Cause all you’ve been is faithful perfect kind and true
In my life I’m grateful to you
Cause all you’ve been is faithful perfect kind and true

I Am

Written By: Russell Leonce

chorus
I am I am you should never be afraid no
Cause I’ve called you to be still and know I am I am
I am I am you should never have to fear no
Cause I’ve called you to be still and know I am Iam

Child of sorrow and of woe,
Keep your heart from loosin faith now
Cause the father sees and knows
It’s so hard for you to stand now
But keep this always on your mind
He will always be on time
Cause He’s the lover of your heart and soul
And He will never let you go…He is I am
Chorus

Questions always on your mind
Keeps you searchin to and fro now
All you really need to know
Is that that the Lord He loves you so now
So keep this always on your mind
He will always be on time
Cause He’s the lover of your heart and soul
And He will never let you go… say I am

Bridge
Don’t you look to the left
Don’t you waiver to the right
Don’t you trust in yourself
Don’t you rely on your might
But keep this always on your mind
Chant
I am I am Jehovah God
Have no fear dost says the Lord
El elyon almighty God the omnipotent one
One word from your tongue creation already done
Be still and know that I am God I rule everything
Be still and know that El elyon is the greatest king
Be still and know that the battle is already won
Be still and know that Jesus Christ will give you the vision
Holy Spirit gimmi de strength an gimmi de faith to see
That only through your blood I got the victory
Chorus
out

Troubles Won't Last

Written By: Russell Leonce

I feel the tears that you cry; I see the pain in your eyes
It’s calling to the heart of me
I heard the words that you spoke in your mind saying today there’s no hope
But I just wanna let you know
Chorus

Troubles won’t last all night
God will see you through the evening
You say there’s no use for your life
But He demands your worship
Even when things ain’t so right my child
Just sing out your song through the night

You feel so broken it’s got you cryin through the midnight
There’s no use in hoping
That everything will work out right
All that you see is the worse day of your life
And now it feels like you’ve died on the inside
But my child!
Chorus

Hope
And when your day is at its end
Just know in Christ you’ve got a friend
Who’ll stay though your storm
Who’ll say it won’t be long
Till brighter days shall be restored
And hurt and pain shall be no more
My child, don’t give up
My child, don’t give in…
Chorus

Reassurance
Your troubles won’t last…No
Won’t last…No
Won’t last…No
Your troubles won’t last
Troubles won’t last through the night

Unchanging

Written By: Russell Leonce

I know sometimes it’s hard to see your plans for me
When the sun refused to shine
And though sometimes the rain would fall
It seems no hope at all
Lord help me see your way
Even though it seems life keeps changing
You remain the same
You remain the same

Chorus
Unchanging

As darkness falls it covers me
Doubt obscures the light of day
Making right seem so wrong
And all my dreams now seem to fade as seasons change
And here I stand alone again away from you
But even though it seems that I’m fading
You remain the same
You remain the same

Chorus
Unchanging

Even though it seems that I’m fading
You remain the same
Yes you do
You remain the same…

More Love

Written By: Russell Leonce

CHORUS:
We need more Love, more love, more love
We need it! (2x)

Verse1. Where is the Love?
That kind of Love
That would lend a hand to a brother
I’m speaking of
That Christian kind of Love
That won’t take the life of another

Channel1: You say you know love
But you never show Love
To me, to me!
So how can you speak of
The father who’s above
To me, to me!

CHORUS:

Verse2: Where is your Love?
Please don’t hide your Love
The more you give
The more you’ve got overflowing
You’ve got to let it show
Let somebody know
That your love is loud
And there ain’t no way that you’re gonna keep it quiet

Channe3: Still you say you know love
But you never show love
To me, to me!
So how can you speak of
The father who’s above
To me, to me!

CHORUS

Bridge: See they’ll know you’re my (Christ’s) disciples
By your love, by your love
We need more love (3x)
Vamp out: Unconditional (repeat)

Channel3

Chant out: No matter how they hurt you
No matter what they try
You keep on loving daily
You got that love of Christ
No matter how the curse you
No matter what they say
You keep on loving daily
Loving’s the better way

Discography

CD entitled Culture of Love released on March 14, 2009

Set List

Original songs in a set ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour.