Leslie Gail Brooks and Thunder


Leslie Gail Brooks

This soul-edged country-blues singer/songwriter from Kentucky has found a new home.. Texas! Moving to Dallas in 1990, via Nashville, with a dozen or more published self-penned songs, Leslie soon broke into selective music venues and jingle production studios. Her true love, however, is writing songs and performing in her band with guitarist, Jerry Rosse.This versatile singer with a "voice like suede", as described by Grammy award writer, Sandy Knox possesses a wide vocal range filled with power, sensitivity, or playfulness. Ms. Brooks seems to tap the song's treatment from a deep well of experience; selecting its mood from the heart of the lyric... having earned the vocal control to keep the delivery flowing. She has won many songwriting competitions including the recent statewide showcase, W.B. Stevenson / Townes VanZant award, Poor David's Pub in May '97.

Leslie's CD, PASSION SPEAKS LOUDER THAN WORDS, is a collection of her compo- sitions which has proved to please her audiences and is achieving radio-friendly status as well. Her first single, "Lookin' Back on Luckenbach", written with her husband/manager, Ray Roberts, airs on Bill Mack's WBAP broadcast nationwide and on KFAN Radio, the #1 Americana station in the country. This ballad portraying the Texas hill country took her back there as a New Folk Artist in '94, and as a featured Texas Ballad Tree Artist in '95 & '96.. The second single, "Louisiana Bayou Man" is airing on many stations throughout Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana and Virginia.. The Brooks/Roberts collaboration, TWISTER ALLEY, inspired by the '94 tornado which hit the nearby town of Lancaster, has also been embraced by many Texas radio stations including the popular KYNG in Dallas. Leslie performed the song on Channel 8's GOOD MORNING TEXAS to promote the "Save Our Square Benefit Concert" starring Willie Nelson and Asleep At The Wheel. She and band member Tim Harris opened the show to a sold-out audience, raising $35,000 for Lancaster's town square. TWISTER ALLEY was also released statewide in June of '97 for relief effort in behalf of the Jarrell, Texas tornado victims . Leslie returns to the Kerrville Folk Festival again where she will take center stage as a 1998 New Folk Finalist.

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1998 New Folk Finalist

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