Stephen Leonard

Stephen Leonard

 Chicago, Illinois, USA
BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Commanding vocals. Rich melodies. Intimate and versatile performer.

Biography

STEPHEN LEONARD is an out rock powerhouse known for his commanding vocals and captivating stage presence. His original music has garnered recognition for projects appearing on television, in film and online.

His current video and single, "Wanting It All," has received national attention for proudly and beautifully displaying the sensuality between two men.

In his new album, HIS FIRE, Leonard showcases a deep evolution in his voice, songwriting and producing from his 2010 home-recorded debut album, WITH A PEN.

"His Fire is a personal collection of confrontations," says Leonard. "When I started writing this album, I was drawn to the physical and emotional effects and fears of fire and its parallel relationship to man. Both can be warm and giving. Both can be strong and attractive. And both can be rather impulsive and even seen as threatening. Every song on this record is me confronting the fire and digging beneath the flames."

Leonard's passion for powerful music and individuality has helped pioneer a growing and supportive community of singers and songwriters and has produced and hosted concerts and events that have helped raise thousands of dollars for various causes. In 2011, Leonard received the Windy City Times' 30 Under 30 Award for his outstanding contributions to the Chicago music and sports communities. And just recently, Leonard joined renowned national artists Sami Grisafe, Steve Grand and Marcus Terell on stage at the March on Springfield, IL for marriage equality.

Discography

His Fire, 2012
"His Fire is a personal collection of confrontations," says Leonard. "When I started writing this record, I was drawn to the physical and emotional effects and fears of fire and its parallel relationship to man. Both can be warm and giving. Both can be strong and attractive. And both can be rather impulsive and seen as threatening. Every song on this record is me confronting the fire and digging beneath the flames."

Reaction has cited the folk-rock album's rich melodies, sonic consistency and raw emotion. Queer Music Heritage has hailed the album as "exquisite" and "a total work of art." Includes "Wanting It All," "Like a Dog", "For Me", and "I'm Fortified."

With a Pen, 2010
Stephen Leonard’s debut self-produced album, With a Pen, embraces independence and self-discovery. “The album was written, recorded and finished in my Chicago bedroom in three months," says Leonard. "I had nothing in my room but a mattress to help isolate sound and a computer to track each song. It was a rather tumultuous time in my life, but I wanted to capture that as I considered that time to be a new beginning for me."

Set List

Original and cover music upon request. Wide range of material and can cater to any audience.