In 2008 Parisian Soul-Jazz Singer Leslie Phillips was a top 3 finalist in the national singing competition called The Sankofa Soul Contest. She received the Prize of the Public for her performance. In 2009, she joined the great soul/gospel choir “We Are One”. This gave her the opportunity to perform on the most prestigious stage in France (L’Olympia).
By the end of the year she was co-writing with many composers and producers while performing many gigs all around Paris. Leslie Phillips decided to move to London in the spring of 2010 with the intent to study music but studying is not all the experienced singer did.
Soon after her arrival, famous radio shows host Gary King invited Leslie to be featured on his program on Jazz FM. After she sang Gary raved of her “brilliant” performance. Following a concert hosted by Jazz FM at the Kensington Roof Garden she was asked to be the resident performer for the entire summers of 2011 and 2012.
In 2013 she joined the Hip-Hop Soul combo “Retrospective for Love” as the female vocalist of the band and she’s one of the lead singers of the jazz collective “The Stowaways”.
In early 2014 Leslie Joined the Ambassador Band, adding her sweet soulful voice to the already almighty line up. Leslie’s voice has a perfect tone and boy can she belt it out when she needs to. This mixed with a great stage persona and some funky dance moves make Leslie the perfect member of the Ambassador line up!
“One of the most exciting voices to come out of the Paris Soul Afro-Beat Jazz scene. Her mesmerizing voice can be aligned to a mixture of Erika Badu and Lauryn Hill.”
- Geoff Walker – Drums & Band Leader
- Elisha La’verne – Lead Vocals
- Senab Adekunle – Lead Vocals
- Adam Binnie – Lead Vocals
- Otty Warman – Lead Vocals
- Leslie Phillips – Lead Vocals
- Gareth Smith – Lead Guitar
- Sam Davies – Bass
- Yair Schleider – Keyboards
- Stephen Wilcocks – Tenor Sax
- Ed Benstead – Trumpet
- Ian Bailey – Baritone and Alto saxophone
- Vas Xenopoulos – Saxophone
- Chris Rand – Baritone and Tenor Saxophone
- Pete Pentreath – Percussionist