Leslie Ellis Adams
(Composer) Leslie was born and raised in the Northeast and has been performing since the age of nine. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Music and Acting, she moved to New York City, where she performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in national tours. Her credits include principal roles in such hits as La Cage Aux Folles, City of Angels, and CATS, as well as a concert tour singing the music from Phantom of the Opera with Michael Crawford.
She began performing her own songs with Roger Bartlett in New York City, appearing at the legendary Bitter End in Greenwich Village, the Bottom Line and the St. James Theatre on Broadway, just to name a few. She followed the sun to California and with her band, Lost Borders, she established herself in the Northern California music scene. Currently, she is working as a solo act and a session singer in the Bay area.
In 1996 she founded Working Jane Music and released her first solo album, Standing at the Moment (available at Amazon.com). The tour to support this album release included performances at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California; at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California; at Passim’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York State.
She can be heard on many television and radio jingles and has performed on several albums including mirroring Celine Dion on “My Heart Will Go On”, the love theme from the film TITANIC.
In March of 1999 Leslie received a Grammy Award for her singing on “My Heart Will Go On,” which won Record of the Year, 1998.
Leslie recently sang an original soundtrack song called “Six Times Around the Sun” for the CBS mini-series, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.