Ten years living in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside provided perspective and inspiration for this Alberta farmgirl. Since then, Leslie's toured across North America as a solo artist or with her band the Wild Rose Hippies, headlining or opening for such artists as Jane Siberry, Barney Bentall, Mary Gauthier & Harry Manx. She currently performs original & select cover material solo or with her Alberta-based band, Four Wheel Drive.
"A strong vocalist . . . she takes each word, each phrase, & inhabits it . . . loving one moment, scary the next & never does one feel they aren’t hearing the singer’s true self."
"STOLE THE SHOW"
"This lady stole my heart . . . she gave us powerful emotion, gentle love, & simple to-the-point poetry that brought tears to my eyes. . . a varied & well thought through program . . . this set was the highlight of the evening by a mile."
ALBERNI VALLEY TIMES
"Leslie is one talented lady . . . I was blown away. This level of raw honesty & integrity are so rare that it is disarming. Her voice is as clear as a pure mountain stream & as sultry as a moist Eastern summer night. This little planet we call home is a better place with Leslie making music that "grounds" us all."
SUSAN HULL, ARTS & CULTURE COODINATOR, COQUITLAM
Leslie's four collections of original recordings, created along with the multiple award-winning producer John Macarthur Ellis, drew critical acclaim and widespread radio support across Canada and around the world. Her single and compilation "High River Strong" produced by Leeroy Stagger, raised funds and spirits across Alberta following the 2013 flood. She appears on compilations including such artists as Bruce Springsteen, Randy Bachman, Barney Bentall, the Barenaked Ladies, and the Odds.
Leslie's songs have been compared to work from such artists as Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Rosanne Cash, Sheryl Crow, Kathleen Edwards & Ray LaMontagne. They have been licensed to television shows DaVinci's Inquest & Roadtrip Nation, as well as the National Film Board of Canada. Artists including Taylor James, Angela Harris, Shane Chisholm, Suzanne Gitzi, Donna Konsorado, Karen Larsen, Kate MacColl, & Lyndia Scott have covered Leslie's songs on their own releases. Three tracks from her records Garden in the Stones and Nobody's Baby received honourable mentions in Billboard's World Song Contest.