In 2016, Leslie’s self-titled Jazz debut bowed at #1 on the Current and Traditional Jazz Charts. A year later, he returned to the top of multiple charts with the deluxe edition of Simply Christmas, which landed at #1 on the Billboard Jazz Charts. He ascended to international renown by originating the role of Aaron Burr in the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton in 2016 for which he received a Tony® and GRAMMY® Award, generated millions of streams, and earned multiple gold and platinum certifications. His extensive acting career encompasses everything from Smash, Law & Order: SVU, Grey’s Anatomy, and CSI: Miami to Red Tails and Murder On The Orient Express. He has performed on hallowed stages such as Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. He published his first book, Failing Up: How To Rise Above, Do Better, and Never Stop Learning in 2018.
In December of 2018, his third full-length and first album of original material, Mr [S-Curve Records] began to take shape during a writing camp held at Skywalker Ranch. In early 2019, Leslie returned to LA in order to cut Mr alongside producers Joseph Abate and Neff-U. Accessing a lifelong passion for music and experience culled from a diverse and decorated career across the stage and screen, the singer, songwriter, author, and actor extends an invitation to inhabit these songs right beside him. The album will be released on November 8, 2019.