You Are The One
Don't Pass Them By
“Just as I play scales to strengthen my rhythm and tone, to limber my finger, hands and vocal cords, so too I use My T.E.D.D.Y to limber my thoughts and feelings so I can engage fully in my life. When I am conscious and responsible for how and what I Think, what I Eat, what I Do, what I Drink and the You (feeling good about me) my life works and I’m more productive.”
Everyone has a gift, and Washington area musician Leron Young’s gift is creating music that tantalizes and excites people of all ages. It doesn’t matter whether it’s Smooth Jazz or R&B, Leron loves and plays it all. Leron plays the guitar with a sense of grace and emotion that is wholly without cliché.
Leron’s passion for music was sparked at 8 years old when he received a guitar from his mother. Leron spent his formative years teaching himself how to play the guitar, while growing up in Washington D.C.
Leron attended Bluefield State University, where he studied electrical engineering. It was during his matriculation at Bluefield that Leron became aware of the corollary between music and math. He learned that just as in engineering, music depends on equations, relationships codified in symbolic systems (i.e. notes) that are mathematical and equational.
Leron has shared the stage with many well known artists during his years playing guitar. He played with a group called the Unifics and the Five Stairsteps in the seventies. He was also one of four Washingtonian guitar players featured in the famous Wattstax film documentary. It was a Black music festival featuring Stax recording artist Isaac Hayes, Luther Ingram, Kim Weston, The Staple Singers, The Emotions, The Bar-Kays and others. Leron played guitar behind Luther Ingram in the movie who sang and recorded the popular song “If Loving You Is Wrong.” Leron also played with Chuck Brown on his famous “Busting Loose Album.” It was during these performances where his music education really flourished. Leron says, “Some things you can only learn on the bandstand with great artists and musicians.”
Leron represents as high a level of musicianship as can be found anywhere, and his versatility and strong sense of melody have made him somewhat of an icon in his community. Leron’s melodic inventiveness i.e. his ability to improve marvelously beautiful and strikingly original melodies is his trademark. Some say Leron has captured the sound and soul of Charlie Christian, George Benson, Carlos Santana, Earl Klugh, and guitarist extraordinaire, Wes Montgomery.
This CD represents the many sides of Leron’s gifts and talents as a guitarist and vocalist. Leron’s tone and rhythm capture a unique blend that enhances his ability to play Smooth Jazz, R&B and other styles of music..
Bubba’s Plant, Etheal, Pine Street, Teach Me How to Hand Dance are a few of his dynamic originals on this CD. Also included are cover songs such as Giant Steps, Morning, Ooh Child and People Get Ready. This is an awesome CD and it will not disappoint you.