Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Lesley began her professional career as a child, performing in local theater and television. As a teen, she performed with the Jewish song and dance troupe “Chai” which took her to prestigious stages throughout Canada and the U.S.
After studying voice, theater, and dance in Boston, she honed her vocal skills by performing with her band at local jazz spots in the Boston area.
After re-locating to Toronto, Lesley completed her Nursing Degree at the University of Toronto. While in school, she was able to work as a soloist with the Tom DeMoraes Big Band, as well as performing jingles and radio voiceovers.Her big break came when she was cast in a Toronto production of “Shenandoah” with Hal Linden. That production moved to Broadway, and the revival starred John Cullum.
While living in New York, Lesley was featured on the soaps “All My Children”, and “One Life To Live.”
She also starred in Off Broadway productions of “The Golden Land” and “Chutzpah A Go Go.”
When Lesley was 8 months pregnant with her first child, she wrote and performed her own cabaret show,” A Pregnant Revue” which was performed to sold out crowds at Don’t Tell Mama, in New York.. The New York Cabaret scene seemed the perfect fit for this new mom, and Lesley joined forces with jazz pianist Michael Soloway , and performed 2 other cabaret shows at Judy’s and Danny’s as well as being featured at the Cabaret Symposium at Town Hall.
In 1996, she and her husband, business manager, Jeff Wolman, relocated to Los Angeles,
where they currently reside.
After teaming up with her current musical director and collaborator, Michael Asher, Lesley has recorded 2 albums. Lesley invited writer/director, Rick Lieberman to join her team as writer and director of her shows, which have been performed att The Gardenia Supper Club,and The Jazz Bakery.
Lesley is proudest of her latest act, “Jewish Women In Song,” in which she pays tribute to 14 Jewish women who have influenced and inspired her with their compositions and performances. The album, which will be released in September, 2008, also features Lesley’s own composition, “Yale’s Song”, a song that she wrote for her son at the time of his Bar Mitzvah; the album features her son, Yale, on guitar, and her daughter, Serena , on background vocals.
The show, “Jewish Women In Song”, which is attached to the album, will be performed first in Los Angeles, and then in various venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.