Melvin Leonard Bio Arist, Producer Melvin Leonard hails from the colorful southern city of New Orleans, Louisiana. His grandfather, Walter Manaday played drums for Louis Armstrong, and his mother, Mary Sterling Leonard played honky-tonk blues piano and in church, along with having a superb velvet voice. Melvin grabbed a pair of drumsticks before he grabbed his first bottle and he has been pounding out rhythms for as long as he could remember. Singing at church and other events, at the tender age of 10, these talents began to develop Melvin's childhood with music, song and appreciation for the unique southern sound named "funk". His professional career started in the internationally acclaimed nightclubs of the New Orleans French Quarter. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Melvin's style of singing is funky and he is likely to become one of the hottest stars of the R&B world. Melvin's first new CD release was titled the "Melvin Leonard: The Prince of the Blues" in 1996. It got a lot of appreciation and took off like a rocket. The songs on this CD are: • You Won't Miss Your Water, Till Your Well Runs Dry • You Up-Set Me Baby • Drunk Woman Ain't No Good For Me • So Long My Baby Is Gone • Nobody Wants You When Your down and Out • I've Been Ripped Off For My Money • One Woman with Two Men • I'm A Fool for You Baby, But Mama Didn't Raise No Fool • I'm Your Blues Man Baby • Don't Talk About My baby, Leave My Baby Alone. Melvin's enthusiasm for music is expressed in his new release "Fired Up", his second CD, with a more R&B funk original style, The songs on this CD are: • Slipping In the Mix • Fire It Up • Wave In The Water • VooDoo Booty Shake • Hello Y'all • Shake Your Booty • Party • This Is What Dreams Is All About • She's Sexy • Your Got To Move Your Body. With much anticipation for more success than the first CD, Melvin's second CD will be in high demand for all music lovers. Both CD's were release on his own Spice Records Label that is colored with the soulful sound of the Southern Funky South. The greatest moments in Melvin's career have been playing his music live. He has played with some of the greatest artists in the music industry, including; The Heart's of Soul Band, The City News Band, the The Profascinations Pro's Band, The Chapelrals Band, Jean Knight, Irmas Thomas, King Floyd, Aaron Neville, O.V. Wright, Z.Z. Hill, Arnie Kato, Antioine and Anatole Domino Jr...are just to name a few. © 2005 Melvin Leonard.