Leyo

  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
Solo/ Duo Latin

"Latin from Los Angeles, CA"

Leonardo Mendez was born in Orange County California. Affectionately called “Leyo”, he first realized he could sing when a lady at church next to him said he had an amazing voice and should join the choir. Not skipping a beat, he did as she suggested and joined the praise and worship team at church.Growing up in a Mexican household, he listened to the greats of Spanish romance music. Leyo discovered his deep connection to the genre. Leyo has been greatly influences by artists like Juan Gabriel, Luis Miguel, Christian Castro, Luis Fonsi, George Michael, Josh Groban and Ricky Martin. His deep, rich tone and vocal range allows him to tell the story of the greatest ballads with great intimacy, tenderness and power.In 2008, a chance audition landed him a place on Telefutura’s singing competition show, Objetivo Fama Season 5. Sharing a house and stage with 20 other aspiring singers from all over Latin America and the US. Known as "el bufon de la casa", "the joker," Leyo quickly became a fan favorite. Competing and performing songs by some of music’s greatest vocalist like Marc Anthony, Christian Castro and Pepe Aguilar.Leyo continued to grow into his own as a vocalist from this experience, coached by show judges and industry experts Roberto Sueiro, Fernando Allende and Mexican singer Jimena. A great student, Leyo humbly applied all the valuable feedback to better his craft. The run on Objetivo Fama 05 came to an end on the show but his visibility in the public eye remained.His sexy smile, striking looks, infectious laugh and outgoing personality made him a regular correspondent for Sin Editar, an entertainment magazine show, solidifying him as a favorite TV personality in Puerto Rico.Leyo later returned to Los Angeles to focus on his music and education receiving a degree in Spanish Literature, Leyo started to focus on his songwriting and singing.Leyo completed work with Legendary Producer/Songwriter Rudy Perez, Billboard Music Latin Producer of the Decade and President of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame in Miami recoding his ballad “Ya No Recuerdas” Leyo has long been an admirer of lyrics and connected to songs of love and heartbreak. Leyo is currently writing and collaborating with some of the finest songwriters/producers in the industry on his first album.With his unique voice, sensitive tone and passion for he is sure to secure his music as the “Latin standards” for the next generation. Leyo has positioned himself as a rising star in the industry.Leyo is set to be one of the greatest songwriter/balladeers of his generation. Bringing a fresh and sexy approach to contemporary Latin music creating the Latin “standard songs” for the next generation.

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