Singer/Performer Leone is the blast from the past we didn't know we all needed. His debut EP, Angst, has been hailed as a "very impressive debut" and deemed to be "the funkadelic throwback to a beloved bygone era." His melodious vocals and clever flow has been compared to artists of the past and present such as Curtis Mayfield, Anderson .Paak, Bootsy Collins and Blood Orange. With only releasing his debut in February, Leone has already accomplished a performance at a notable North Carolina festival and a sold-out solo show. With over 8,000 total streams within the first four months of its release, Angst has been covered by a few prominent media outlets within the southeast region of the US.
Born and raised in Orangeburg, South Carolina, Leone doesn't come from a "musical background." Though he always knew he had a passion for music, growing up he was rather shy in his aspirations and did not begin to explore his talents until he went off to college. While attending college near Charlotte, North Carolina, he managed to make connections with other artists, leading him to begin his music career in 2016 with the release of "Cut U Loose". Produced by Charlotte-based super-producer Jason Jet, Cut U Loose was Leone's first crack at writing and recording music. After creating a small local buzz, he spent three years off-the-grid cultivating his skills as a writer, singer, and performer in order to create Angst. The funky project is a direct result of having heard the records of legendary old-school groups spun around the house by his mom. As the title denotes, however, Angst isn't all about having a good time. Leone's lyrical content covers heavy themes like depression and anxiety, issues that he has struggled with throughout his life.