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The L.A. Times calls Leslie Stevens “one of the city’s best” with a voice like “a rounded shining thing that evokes Patsy Cline’s sass and sorrow in one swoop.” She has performed her endearing compositions on N.P.R. and released two records with her band Leslie Stevens and The Badgers. A solo debut, The Donkey and The Rose, recorded with Grammy nominated artist Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids, was released in October 2016. She has appeared on albums by Brian Wilson, Father John Misty, Jonny Fritz, Electric Guest, Hi Ho Silver Oh and Jonathan Wilson: and appears on upcoming records by Florence and The Machine and Jim James. Her originals have been licensed by ABC, NBC, Showtime, Ridley and Tony Scott's Production Company and George Landow. Film music credits include Kingsman The Golden Circle, Little Birds, Burning Palms, and Madagascar 3. Stevens has had the privilege of being asked to sing live with Lucinda Williams, Dawes, John Fogerty, Jim James, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Bob Weir, Jonathan Wilson, Jenny O. and Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers. She has toured nationally with Elizabeth Cook, Roky Erickson & Okkervil River and The Milk Carton Kids. Stevens sometimes teaches an advanced songwriting class at Los Angeles College of Music. Her songwriting collaborations include writing the title track of the Dave Eggers’ 826LA's record's Chickens in Love, written with a classroom of students at the non-profit in Echo Park, California.
"Loudon Wainwright was backstage and he caught my arm as I was leaving the stage and he put his hand on his heart in this way and asked me not to stop playing music."