Leo has an intense track record of activity for the past three and a half decades throughout the U.S. and Japan. Based in Los Angeles for over 22 years, has aided him in developing an “up close and personal” view of the industry in all aspects. This journey started in Birmingham, Alabama, where he grew up surrounded by all forms of Gospel, Blues, R & B, Country, and Rock music. Leo has performed with many groups and artists. He is an accomplished guitarist with an amazing track record of experience for studio and live stage productions. This fiery guitarist/vocalist leaves no stones unturned with his amazing musical arrangements, and fantastic vocal range that will simply astound you.
He furthered his music career by attending G.I.T. which is now Musicians Institute, Hollywood CA, Porter Music Studios, Birmingham AL., and Los Angeles City College where he studied guitar, harmony and theory, writing/arrangement, music production, audio engineering, and several courses in drama.
Leo is a sought after session guitarist who has worked with Motown Records, MCA Records, Death Row Records, Ray Chu of “Saturday Night at the Apollo”, “Chuck Rainey”, “George Clinton”, “The Patrice Rushen Band”, Cedric Martin of “Confunkshun”, Thomas McClary of “The Commodores”, Louis Johnson of “The Brothers Johnson”, and many more.
His debut CD titled Leo Key Unlocked captures the essence of his musical roots. “Living Blues Magazine” called Unlocked “An Exceptional Debut Recording”.
Since its release, Leo Key Unlocked has captured the top 25 play list of the following radio stations -WITR (Rochester, NY); WBRO (Marengo, IN); WBEZ (Chicago, IL); RnBT (Umbertide (PG) Italy), KNON (Dallas, TX), KPFT (Houston, TX) and KVRX (Austin, TX) just to name a few.
Leo Key: Unlocked charted at number 30 in the Real Blues Magazine top 100 CD’s.
CD Baby stated..”It’s so rare to find a new Blues Artist with talent”
In 2008 Key became an eligible voting member of the prestigious “Recording Academy, and earned a seat in the Producers & Engineers Wing”. Due in part from assistance from the legendary Bassist “Chuck Rainey” Leo has been a very effective music instructor in the Los Angeles County School system, and devotes time to non-profit organizations around Los Angeles & Hollywood. He instructs courses for digital music production, guitar, voice, and songwriting.
The release of his October 2016 CD….“The Luv Zone” appeared on the scene, and expressed contrast to the Blues with the up and downside. Tracks #7. Luv Zone, #9. Keeps Me Satisfied, & #11. Justa Lil Bit…..spotlights the joy of love, whereas track #1. Jealous Hearted Man, focuses on the cause and effect of relationships.
The Luv Zone since release has received airplay on more than 30 fm, stations through out the U.S., Canada & Europe, and 100’s of internet stations.
“You’ll find jazz and fusion licks creeping in to the mainstream blues rock sound of Jealous Hearted Man, His own music takes a basic blues rock template and adds in tasty flourishes from all over” **BLUES MATTERS! Magazine Bridgend, UK**
“Leo Key is a multi-instrumentalist singer/songwriter whose style incorporates diverse influences of old school funk 60’s/70’s era pop, as well as Jazz tinged West Coast Blues. He’s no mere imitator, he adapts his various influences to contemporary themes without sounding beholding to them. He is a vivid story teller.” David Whiteis – **Living Blues Magazine**
Stay tuned for info on his 2020 Tour!