Leslie Hunt has a captivating style and tone all her own. While the intensity of her voice calls for immediate attention, it serves as a vehicle for the introspective poetry of her lyrics. Leslie Hunt creates an engrossing soundscape with her voice alone; she utilizes a powerful, full-bodied vocal style reminiscent of Bjork, accenting it with a delicately beautiful high register. Her range is incomparable in modern day pop music, artfully blending the talents of a skilled jazz songstress with the power and intelligence of classic folk artists like Joni Mitchell.
Leslie Hunt began her life in the Chicago area, playing piano and singing before she even began kindergarten. Through the years, she has performed on many stages in many roles, and has been celebrated all through her development as a performer. While many will remember her from her all-too-brief stint on American Idol, the singer has since matured at an alarming rate due to various personal and professional setbacks. What sets Leslie apart is that she straddles two extremes: a witty, bouncy pop artist in brightly colored dresses who is pitted against her darker self, a sensual, piano-crouched exhibitionist.
Leslie performs regularly as a solo artist, enchanting rooms large and small with nothing but a piano and her voice. She also has a full backing band for shows that are less intimate, yet still wholly riveting. Leslie has also signed on as a vocalist for the prog rock band District 97, sharing the spotlight with Chicago Symphony Orchestra cellist Katinka Klein. District 97 is yet another home for Leslie's awe-inducing vocal talents.
Leslie's new record Your Hair Is On Fire (Ellenel Records) is a product of passion and tragedy, helped along by the talents of drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock) and bassist Vail Johnson (Stevie Nicks, Herbie Hancock). This album is a collection of songs ranging from heartbreak to first dates and back. With a belting voice to rival the best torch singers in history, Leslie gracefully and eloquently tackles subjects from losing a loved one to accepting oneself to celebrating life in all its struggles and rewards. Whether it is a cheerful, hook-heavy pop tune about love or a dark and insightful ballad of self-discovery, Leslie Hunt's music is a window into a her soul for any listener willing to look.