in Oakland, California, Arlee Leonard has been singing all her life.
She began performing at age six with her musician parents at coffee
houses and venues in Detroit and New Orleans. Her musical influences
are the classic voices of Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn and Billie
Holiday—with a sprinkling of the sultry Sade and the sweetly
soaring Minnie Ripperton. She has combined those influences into
her unique singing style. She has evolved a multifaceted, soulful
singing and performing style all her own.
performance flows from low caress to rhythmic explosion, moving
easily from straight-ahead jazz and swing to soulful grooves, Afro/Latin
rhythms, ballads and blues—all done with that certain sophistication
that she brings to the stage. When not performing overseas, Arlee
performs regularly in her adopted home of New York City.
This woman loves to sing and perform, and it shows!