Leslie Austin is an American singer-songwriter, performer, and recording artist with a soulful edge and sultry tone. She grew up singing, dancing, and entertaining from a young age and has always known she was born for the stage. Beginning small in talent shows, churches, and weddings, to later performing for crowds as big as 15,000, her passion and God-given talent have always been ignited by music.
From a vocal perspective, Austin is diverse and well rounded. Her early foundation started in the church, worship teams, and faith conferences around the U.S. She also sang with a gospel choir for 10 years that performed with award-winning artist Kirk Franklin at his home church. Austin has toured with some of Dallas’ top bands & musicians covering all genres of music, opening for artists such as R. Kelly, Neil McCoy, and Jerry Jeff Walker.
In addition to singing, Austin has always had a love for dancing and used that to her advantage on the stage. Having a background in sports and fitness, Austin has taught dance flash mobs…one of which made national news done to Michael Jackson's "Thriller". This foundation of singing and dancing coupled with the gospel roots shaped Austin into a uniquely versatile performer with a lot of soul, and helps explain why Jackson was her biggest musical influence growing up.
Along with her growing music career, Austin has mixed modeling in along the way. She was recently selected to be one of the models for the worldwide International DOVE Real Beauty Campaign, doing both commercial and print work overseas. Austin looks forward to future opportunities merging the music, dancing, and modeling artistically.
Austin's faith drives her to be a light in an ever-darkening world. From organizing opportunities for people to serve the homeless, to donating proceeds from events to a cause, to performing with charity-driven bands, to going on mission trips, she always wants to keep perspective on what really matters and how she can better the lives of those around her. She is currently serving on the board of The Mohawk Militia Charity that provides non-GMO, clean food and education to underprivileged children and Veterans. Austin looks forward to continuing the trend of giving back with future events, music, and partners.
Austin has recorded on several albums over the years including a recent compilation titled ‘14’ by Dallas-based hip hop artist Prynce P. With the most recent release of her own soundtrack-based single "Crazy Love", she looks forward to completing her EP album this year and continuing to share her love & passion for music and people with the world.
Photographer: Diabe Sale
Hair/Make-Up Artist: Walter Fuentes
Musician/Model: Leslie Austin