Music runs in some families like water runs in rivers. Leona Lee was born to just such a family in a part of the country where the Deep South and the Old West not only meet, but marry: Dallas, Texas. But every story has two beginnings – the part where it starts and where it takes off. That moment came at her mother’s wedding when she stole the show, as well as the microphone, setting fire to the dance floor with her high-octane performance of James Brown’s smash hit I Feel Good.She was nine.
2 EPs, 12 song-writing credits, and several production credits later, Leona Lee is still setting dance floors on fire with her award-winning lyrical beats and infectious, Caribbean
rhythms that she gets from her Trinidadian mother.
Her latest appearance in Ariana Grande’s “Everyday” music video featuring Future is already setting the internet ablaze. She’s also recently appeared in Disney’s Women’s International Day web video.
When she’s not on set, she’s either writing, honing her craft with well-known acting coach, Bobbie Chance or pursuing her bachelor’s of science degree in psychology.
“Music isn’t just about making people feel good, it’s also about making people think. I want to bring meaning back to music.” Aside from her music, Leona enjoys volunteering and helping others, and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her community service and humanitarian work. Lately, she has lent her efforts – as well as her talent – to her ongoing work in raising awareness of the bullying epidemic ripping apart our schools and communities. In elementary, her equally talented sister, Nini, was bullied. In order to infuse confidence in her sister, Leona penned and co-produced a five track EP for Nini. These tours have taken the nation by storm and by now have literally touched thousands of lives, as she and her sister continue traveling the country heading events and spearheading a coalition of like-minded youth to eradicate the epidemic and bring awareness to the damages it can create.
Since her last EP, Leona’s perspective on herself and her music has evolved. Her unreleased track, Whine Up On Me, is a perfect representation of her new found direction. The song combines her Trinidadian roots with her ideals on having fun. “I am older and I have grown. I say what I want.I want to encourage freedom for the forbidden. My new music will explore what every woman feels and even other perspectives. I feel understanding all sides of the human experience is important. As a psychology student, I am exploring the minds of people through my music.” says Leona. She’s been working with talented producers in 1500 or Nothing as well as her go-to man, Oze, who has produced most of her songs.