One of Bermuda’s best soprano’s, Leslee was raised in the theater, and began performing at age four. She was a member of the Bermuda Musical and Drama Society, Theater Associates of Bermuda and The Bermuda Youth Theater. In 1977, she began her formal study of voice under Miss Joy Blackett. In 1980, she was offered a scholarship from Miss Blackett to attend the Julliard School of Music in New York. At the same time, she was accepted to travel with the international music group Up With People. She chose to travel with Up With People. Leslee traveled throughout Mexico and the United States, performing for the
President of Mexico, heads of state and various other dignitaries as a lead vocalist.
She left Up With People to attend college in 1982 at Atlantic Union College in South Lancaster, Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree. In 1986 she began studying voice with Mr. Daniel Hill. In 1990, she was featured by Theater Associates of Bermuda in her debut concert,
“All of Me” held at the City Hall, Bermuda’s national theater. In 1992, again featured by Theater Associates, a musical melodrama, The Homecoming, written and co-directed by Leslee was held at the City Hall Theater.
In 1992, she took part in a Masterclass conducted by Beverly Sills, Professor of Music/Voice at Indiana University singing Brown’s ‘Love Is Where You Find It.’ In May 1993, she was featured before the Premier of Bermuda, Sir John and Lady Swan, and other dignitaries. In 1993 she was honored to be asked, and accepted to sing the Bermuda National Song at the Annual Bermuda Day opening ceremonies. She was asked to repeat the honor the following two years. In 1998, she was flown back to the island to repeat the honor.
Leslee was also 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. In 1992 the group debuted their first album which features Leslee in several solos. In 1995, the group toured Holland and the United Kingdom. Leslee was one of the featured soloists. As a solo artist, Leslee has performed concerts in Boston, New York, Florida and Atlanta. She has held many benefit concerts for a variety of organizations and causes.
In 1995, Leslee moved to Atlanta, and, received her Masters of Social Work degree in 1997. She has performed 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. She has also appeared on the Breath of Life television broadcast as a guest soloist January 2000.
In 2000 Leslee was featured in a musical, The Next Generation, in the part of ‘Delilah,’ written specifically for her. Also that year she was featured in a one woman show “All Of Me.” Both events were held at the 14th Street Playhouse. Also in 2000, she joined three other sopranos to form Sopranos 2 By 2, singing classical religious music and Negro Spirituals. She left the group in 2006 to pursue other interests.
In 2005, Leslee joined the Americolor Opera Alliance a local opera company in Atlanta, Georgia. 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 Candlers, Julia Mae Thomas in Pink Lady, Makada, Queen of Sheba in The Seduction of King Solomon, Dr Dorothy Brantley
in Reverand Sister and in May 2009, Leslee was featured as
Carmen J in Dr Willis’ adaptation of Bizet’s Carmen, Carmen J.
In 2010 and 2011, 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).
Nurse Corley in Connect 3: Alzheimer’s, Autism and Apathy
(2012), Queen Vashti in Vashti (2013), Bess in Excerpts of Porgy and Bess (2014) In October 2011, Leslee played the female lead Aldonza/Dulcenea in the Broadway musical
Man of La Mancha. Then in April 2012, Leslee directed an Elisha DuPree Production original play, Deceived.
Leslee continues to perform with Americolor Opera as well as local theater productions, along with traveling to perform throughout the US and in the Atlanta area.