Leslie Ellis(Composer) Leslie was born and raised in the Northeast and has been performing since the age of nine. After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon University with a BFA in Music and Acting, she moved to NYC, where she performed on Broadway, off-Broadway, and in national tours. Her credits include principal roles in such hits as La Cage Aux Folles, City of Angels, and CATS, as well as a concert tour perfoming the music from Phantom of the Opera with Michael Crawford.
She began performing her original material in New York City with Roger Bartlett (formerly of Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band, now with Hell's Kitchen) and then in California with her band, Lost Borders.
In 1994 four of her original songs were chosen for an brand new musical called Cowboy Cafe. Leslie spent four glorious weeks performing with friends in the debut performance in Blowing Rock, NC.
In 1996 she founded Working Jane Music and released her first solo album, Standing at the Moment. The tour to support this album release included performances at Freight and Salvage in Berkeley, California; at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, California; at Passim's in Cambridge, Massachusetts; and at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in New York State.
She can be heard on many television and radio jingles and has performed on several albums including mirroring Celine Dion on "My Heart Will Go On", the love theme from the film TITANIC.
In March of 1999 Leslie received a Grammy Award for her singing on "My Heart Will Go On," which won Record of the Year, 1998.
Leslie recently sang an original soundtrack song called "Six Times Around the Sun" for the CBS mini-series, Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.