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Ryan Leslie

Ryan Leslie
Artist-in-Residence

Biography

Born in 1978, Leslie began making music as a teenager after teaching himself to play the piano.  When he was 14, he scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT's and eventually enrolled at Harvard, graduating at the age of 19 with a degree in Government.  By 2003, he established a foothold in the music industry and later that year also produced a debut album, entitled Just Right.  While never being released, the album did produce two singles: The Way That U Move Girl and Used 2 Be.  By the end of 2005, he wrote and/or produced tracks for Beyonce, Britney Spears, and New Edition.  In 2006, he wrote and produced the singer Cassie's Me&U album, a number one R&B single that also reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100.  Cassie's subsequent album, produced almost entirely by Leslie, narrowly missed the top of both the Billboard 200 and R&B/hip-hop albums charts.  Leslie went back to the studio to record another debut album and the lead single, Diamond Girl, was to be released as a single.  The successive singles, Addiction and How It Was Supposed to Be also set the stage for his self-titled album, which was finally released in February 2009.  Nine months later, Leslie followed up his debut album with the Grammy-nominated album Transition, inspired by a secret summertime fling.  While recording his following album Les Is More, Leslie also found time to produce and guest appear on records with Kanye West, Lloyd Banks, Fabolous and Rick Ross.  His most recent album is titled Black Mozart and can be found on his membership club, Renegades.