It seems like yesterday when 3-year-old DeLeon Richards was known as the "Young Gospel Sensation". Over two decades later, DeLeon is a seasoned veteran with 7 recordings to her credit. Now signed with Tommy Boy Records, she is even more determined to complete the vision God has placed upon her.
DeLeon has been singing professionally for most of her life. Born September 18, 1976 in the suburbs of Chicago, DeLeon started singing at age 5 before 20,000 people at the Chicago Gospel Festival. She has performed for numerous political and religious figures, including former President Ronald Regan. At 9 years of age she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Grammy. The previous record holder was Michael Jackson.
In the early 1980's DeLeon was the youngest Gospel artist ever signed with a major recording company. She went on the road for the first time at age five opening for the Mighty Clouds of Joy in Japan, which sparked the beginning of her musical tour throughout the world. She also performed regularly at concerts for the military as well as the USO.
With over 2 decades of performing experience in this seasoned artist's repertoire, DeLeon has also shared the stage with the likes of Patti LaBelle, Shirley Caesar, The Winans, Sandi Patti, Kirk Franklin and many others. She also won the GMWA award of Excellence and was nominated for a Stellar Award.