The captivating pure-country, girl-next-door look paired with a sassy and chic style, Leslie Tom truly is the all-American girl and after her 2006 debut of “High Maintenance”, these descriptors still remain an accurate portrayal of this native Texan.
With six years of love, loss and pondering what life is all about under her belt, her newest project “The Second Act” truly reflects the life Leslie lived from 2006 until now. This new project is Ms. Tom’s most autobiographical work to date, where she co-wrote four of the six songs on this EP. With her true traditional country and soul roots still in tact, the other two songs on this project reflect her love of pure country music with a little bit of soul in the mix. “The Second Act” is a must-listen to piece of art for any fan of classic country and a love for lyrics.
Leslie Tom was born December 19, 1976, in San Antonio, Texas, and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, by her mom and step-dad but spent weekends with her father and step-mother 90 miles away. On the drives to and from her father’s house on Friday nights, Bobby (Leslie’s father), would put on his cassette tapes of Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, George Jones, Hank Williams and eventually the Judds and Reba McEntire. Leslie loved the old songs and singing along with them on those long car rides. After being exposed to country classic’s Leslie was accepted to a private art and music academy in Corpus Christi where she chose to play the violin. After changing schools and losing touch with her violin teacher, she soon learned to play piano and clarinet in her new town. Though none of the instrument playing stuck with her, she found choir and subsequently her voice in high school and knew she found her place in the music world.
Though singing in a chorus was comfortable, Leslie had acute stage fright and could not sing a solo in front of her family, let alone her classmates or an audience which makes her story of “chasing the dream” all that more interesting.
After graduating from Texas A&M in 1998 and settling in to a corporate job, she knew something was missing in her life. The Today show on NBC was hosting a singing competition and Leslie decided she was going to enter. She worked one-on-one with a voice coach in San Antonio to prepare for the competition and sang her first solo performance in front of 10,000 people in the AT&T Center in 2004. Though her goal of trying out for the “American Idol” type competition didn’t come to fruition, she was chosen as a contestant on “Gimme the Mike” and made her first television debut in a singing competition that same year.
In 2006, Ms. Tom released her first album entitled “High Maintenance” and her first single written by Nashville songwriting royalty, Becky Hobbs, titled “Boys In The Band” spent ten weeks on the Texas charts. From the Spurs singing days of 2004, Leslie has entertained audiences across the US and Europe. She was even invited to audition for the producers of “Nashville Star” for which she was thankful for the “awesome experience” which gave her visibility to a more mainstream audience. After making the Texas music rounds and playing in honky tonk’s around the state, Leslie decided to chase her dream in Music City. In August 2008 Leslie moved to Nashville to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a full-fledged country music singer! After spending a few years in Nashville playing writer’s-rounds and collaborating with other Nashville-based songwriters, Ms. Tom decided Texas truly was her home.
Leslie has come full-circle in her musical ambitionsand still enjoys writing and singing songs after all these years. You can find Ms.Tom on a stage near you by visiting one of her social media sites: