Leslee has performed throughout United States, Bermuda, Holland, United Kingdom and Mexico where she has performed for various dignitaries such as the Premier of Bermuda, Sir John and Lady Swan, President of Mexico, several heads of states. She was honored to be asked, to sing the Bermuda National Song at the Annual Bermuda Day opening ceremonies not only once, but 4 times.
Leslee was raised in the theater, and began performing at age four. As one of Bermuda’s best sopranos’, she was a member of the Bermuda Musical and Drama Society, Theater Associates of Bermuda and The Bermuda Youth Theater. Leslee began her formal study of voice in 1977 shortly after which she was offered a scholarship from to attend the Julliard School of Music in New York, and at the same time was accepted to travel with the international music group “Up With People” and chose to travel with “Up With People”.
In 1982, Leslee attended Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Leslee was featured in her debut concert, “All of Me” by the Theater Associates of Bermuda and then again in a musical melodrama, “The Homecoming”, which she wrote and co-directed.
In 1992, Leslee participated in Beverly Sills (Professor of Music/Voice at Indiana University) Master Class and sang Brown’s “Love Is Where You Find It”.
As a member of Bermuda’s premier gospel group the ‘Chorale Dynamics’, singing with them as a lead vocalist on their various tours to Dallas, Boston, Washington DC, and New York, their debut album featured Leslee in several solos giving her the opportunity to tour with the “Choral Dynamics” to Holland and the United Kingdom as one of their featured soloists. As a solo artist, Leslee has performed many concerts in Boston, New York, Florida and Atlanta benefitting a variety of organizations and causes she strongly supports.
Leslee moved to Atlanta, received her Master’s in Social Work and continued to perform in various concerts and churches throughout the city. She has studied voice under the world renowned musician and vocal instructor Dr. Alma Blackmon, Dr Ricky Little, Chris Thomas, and Dr Phillip Rogers. In 2000, Leslee appeared on the Breath of Life television broadcast as a guest soloist.
Since making Atlanta her home, Leslee has been featured in various musicals, such as “The Next Generation”, in the role of ‘Delilah,’ written specifically for her; and a one woman show “All Of Me”, which were both held at the 14th Street Playhouse. Leslee soon joined three other sopranos to form “Sopranos 2 By 2”, singing classical religious music and Negro Spirituals.
In 2005, Leslee joined the Americolor Opera Alliance a local opera company in Atlanta, Georgia where she has performed in ten of their eleven productions, all new works written by Dr Sharon J Willis. Her roles include Mrs. Beasley in La Roche, The Blues Singer in The Herndon Story, Ma Belle in The Great Divide, Gladdie Mae in Madame C J Walker, Spirit Muse in The Candler’s, Julia Mae Thomas in Pink Lady, Makada, Queen of Sheba in The Seduction of King Solomon, Dr Dorothy Brantley in Reverend Sister, and in May 2009, Leslee was featured as Carmen J in Dr Willis’ adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, Carmen J. For two consecutive years, Leslee was Artistic Director/Director for a play and an opera written by Dr Willis, The Flag and The Bridge (2010) and Three Dream Portraits (2011). She has played various other roles, such as Aldonza/Dulcenea (female Lead), in the Broadway musical Man of La Mancha, Nurse Corley in the play “Connect 3: Alzheimer’s, Autism and Apathy” with Americolor.
In April 2012, Leslee directed an Elisha DuPree Production original play, “Deceived”.