Official Biography (courtesy of Russell Leonce)
Russell Leonce adds a refreshing, new, standout sound to Caribbean music that will appeal to audiences across the nation of Trinidad and Tobago, throughout the Islands, the United Kingdom and the USA. His versatility is astounding. His voice channels the well-deep soulfulness of John Legend, the gritty earthiness of Damien Marley and the slippery smooth cadences of neo-soul star Musiq Soul Child and he is anything but a replica of these voices.
Having worked with nearly all of Trinidad and Tobago's top gospel artistes as a backing vocalist, including the brother-and-sister duo Ceejay & Luckey and The Love Circle, Russell has taken front stage on his debut project, â€˜Culture of Love.' "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.
Undoubtedly, his sound has raised the curiosity of the local industry for its international sound and has attracted telecommunications phone company bmobile. Russell has since contributed jingles for bmobile, Cable & Wireless, Delta Petroleum and i95.5FM along with other notable companies.
In November of 2006 Russell placed second in the local gospel competition in the south of Trinidad also collecting the prize for Most Spirit Filled Song. â€˜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.
Russell is an anointed worship leader which is apparent in his live performances. He commands the stage and ushers his listeners into a spirit of worship. With his gifted vocal ability, and eagerness to see all persons give their hearts to Christ, Russell Leonce is unquestionably the new musical sensation within the Caribbean region that will take the gospel to new heights and greater possibilities.
His debut album "Culture of Love" was released March 14, 2009.