From Tragedy to Triumph, Les Dion has risen from the ashes of Disaster to bring forth one
of the Smoothest, Jazziest R&B records in decades! "Back 2 Smooth" is the incredibly
inspiring result of an amazing 40 year life story told through the songs of an extraordinary
Artist. Les Dion has survived the unthinkable and his divine wisdom and understanding are the
driving forces behind this beautiful new LP. Not since the likes of Al Jarreau and Marvin
Gaye have we seen an Artist of this caliber arise on the worlds music stage.
The "Back 2 Smooth" Project delivers that 40 year story eloquently, at times tearfully, but
always in a unique Jazzy groove that is distinctly Les Dion.
From Label deals at 12 years old with All-Platinum/ SugarHill Record's Hiphop mogul
Sylvia Robinson, to world tour appearances with New Edition, and Earth Wind and Fire, Les Dion
has prepared for this moment a lifetime. Through the 70'sand 80's, he persued musical success
relentlessly, even forsaking multiple Pre-Med Scholarships and, a stellar six year Military
Tour of Duty. "The only thing more elusive than a successful Music Career may have been Bin
Laden", jokes Les, but the battle to maintain Musical focus throughout his amazing journey has
been no joke at all.
Upon coming to terms with the disappointing realities of the Record Business in 1989, Les
Dion settled into family life with a new wife, determined to raise a family of seven
honorably. The family responsibilities somehow never overshadowed the burning drive to
write and record the story of his amazing life. From the victory of a gruelling 10 year
Leukemia battle faced by his courageous wife, to the crushing blow of burying his two 20 year
old sons, the challenges have been both enormous and relentless. "Raising five children was
a daunting task, but burying my precious sons 2 years apart was just pure hell", proclaims
Les, but as the tragedies mounted, so did the songs.
After Producing and Recording multiple Contemporary Christian Albums on his JJireh Records
Label from 1996-2003, the music industry realities continued to thwart every effort. With no
Major Label affiliation, distributors and radio personalities were simply not interested in dealing
with Independent Artist. Depleted of energy and drive after his second son's death, Les had
begun to lose hope in ever having any real success in music but, by God's grace, 2006- 2012
brought dramatic change. " I had time away from work to heal emotionally, and of course we all
know how dramaticlly the Music Industry began to change with the rise of Bitorrents, Youtube,
Facebook, and internet Radio. An Artist like myself who had been independent for decades suddenly
had all the tools that were once only availabe to the Major Labels". Tools to publish, distribute,
promote, and Air on radio worldwide!! Les Dion's musical vision suddenly had new hope. He
developed an Elegant solo jazz show with pianist Rolando Salva called "The Classic Standard Show"
performing hits from the greats like Sinatra, Bennett,
Mathis, and Cole. "That Era brought forth some of the greatest vocalist and best songs of our
time, so its a blast to have the opportunity to interpret them and I still perform the show,
but I realized one day that my journey was really about telling my story, through my own
songs. Realizing that I could now publish and air them worldwide with no restrictions was an
enlightening moment", says Les. "The road has been long and steep but if my songs can help
people improve their relationships with each other and more importantly, improve
themselves, then I will have succeeded and, my tragic losses will not have been in vain".
"Back 2 Smooth" is the vehicle that delivers this soul felt message to a worldwide audience.
The project is an ambient musical blend of smooth Jazz meeting old school R&B capable of
crossing multiple musical genres. Drenched in warm emotions, and syncopated rhythms, it is sure
to please musical pallets of all kinds. No matter where your genre preferences lie, "Back 2 Smooth"
brings a melodic delight of Jazz shades and R&B hues that will find you humming, dancing, thinking,
and escaping from the worries of life. From the soothing melodies in the title track and 1st Single
"Back 2 Smooth", to the Jazzy rhythms of "Love is What I Need", the insightful harmonic flow never
looses its velvety touch. The scatty syncopated feel of "Getaway", is subtly complimented with the
beautiful falsetto cries of "Stay". The silky flow of "Back 2 Smooth" makes it Les's favorite
( with the great Patrick McDonald on guitar), but the raw emotional message of "Heaven" may be the
most powerful recording on the Album. "Heaven was the easiest song I've ever written lyrically because
of the pain from my family lose, yet it was by far the most difficult song I've ever recorded". "Callin"
and "Godstrong" are also special songs for me as they're dedicated to my daughter and son.
Les Dion has created and is now delivering "the Album of a lifetime" precisely the way he
has always wanted through his music and film companies Entrascope Music Group & LD Films. Be
sure to experience the Quintuple threat that is Les Dion; singer, songwriter, musician,
producer, and music executive, with his highly anticipated new release..... "Back 2 Smooth"....
.the culmination of where this multi-talented Artist has been, and where he is destined to go.