Leon, a multi-talented artist received an International Reggae and World Music Award nomination for his band Leon & The Peoples debut CD “The Road Less Traveled” and completed a 36 city North American tour with Reggae super stars Beres Hammond & Marcia Griffiths” on the “For The Love Of It Tour”. Winner of Best International Artist at the 2nd annual Joe Higgs Reggae Awards Leon was a frequent surprise guest on Beres Hammond’s recent “A Moment in Time” US tour. This year Leon & The Peoples headlined The 25th Annual Aids Walk NYC Concert in Central Park, May 16th, 2010. The band’s new single and video, Love Is A Beautiful Thing will be released Summer, 2013
Leon continues to please his fans and sway newcomers with his memorable performances as an actor and singer. A star of over 30 movies, such as 20th Century Fox much talked about, Cover (which featured his song, Life is A Funny Game). On TV, he starred in the NBC mini-series The Temptations about the legendary Motown super group, receiving NAACP Best Actor nominations and rave reviews for his roles as the troubled lead singer David Ruffin and as Little Richard in the NBC bio pic. Leon sang a memorable reggae rendition of the classic “Daddy’s Home” in the movie, The Price of Kissing as well as an acapella version of southern gospel song Roll Jordan Roll as he reprised his role on HBO’s OZ final season. Leon starred in the national touring play of Eric Jerome Dickey’s NY Times best seller Friends and Lovers, where he closed the show with his band’s song Will You Be My Wife.
As a freshman at Loyola Marymount University, Leon wrote and performed the opening song for the LA Special Olympics. Leon says “I was always been most comfortable with Reggae music because of the sultriness of the style. It incorporates soul, gospel, rock, dance … everything which I love… it made me want to sing.” The “Young Lions,” the first musical group Leon performed with, opened the door to his live musical performances, but once he started singing original tunes, he knew where he wanted to go, which led to the formation of “Leon & The Peoples.” “We play Reggae Soul Music, says Leon. Leon & The Peoples has also headlined AIDS WALK Concert in NYC (2005-2010), NYC Summer Stage, Aspen Jazz Festival, NYC’s Catalpa Festival, New Orleans International Music & Arts Festival, and Atlanta’s National Blacks Arts Festival, Reggae On The River, Chicago’s Caribbean Fest. amongst others. The band has been featured on BET’s very popular 106 & Park & more recently on BET’s Centric network.
Leon’s attraction brings out the best in everyone as audiences enjoy him in his various performances whether it’s live on stage, in a role on the big screen, small screen or performing at a club.