Russell Leedy is a singer, songwriter, and producer crafting songs in many genres of music including rock, soul, jazz, gospel, and country. His first recordings were in California. He was produced by Canyon Crest Records and released 4 songs under their direction.
Russell then traveled and lived in Miami, Florida for over 10 years. He formed a band and performed in many local Miami clubs Russell returned to Pennsylvania and continued to play music. He has spent many years playing clubs and entertainment venues in the Pennsylvania area. Kings of Carlisle known as K O C, was formed with the late guitarist, Keith, and Russell in 2018.
The pair were best friends and Keith played guitar on many of the songs. They published and released three songs on all music platforms and had hoped to produce the new album together. Russell will continue the dream for both and the album will be released in 2021. The K O C brand has a very unique sound, that has attracted a large following around the world. Every song has been written and produced by Russell Leedy, is uniquely diverse, and is a sample of our journey and experiences through life. This new project ” Waiting on You” is a lifelong dream that he will be sharing with the world.
Russell Leedy Interview with Muzique Magazine
How did you come by your stage name?
My former music partner and I were playing in a small town in Carlisle PA and became very popular. We were poking fun at ourselves and came up with the name Kings Of Carlisle.
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I discovered music at a very early age of 5. And I realized that I really wanted to pursue music by the age of 13. I listened to BJ Thomas and listened to his voice and said that’s what I want to do.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
I credit my sense of style to people like Daryll Hall, Freddy Jackson, Major Harris. The great r&b soul singers that brought us so much great music.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
Dirty Little Secret was about a relationship that did not go well. It was a cathartic song for the person that was on the receiving end of what they perceived as being wrong. They were saying I am not going to be your “Dirty Little Secret”. It is about self-empowerment.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
My greatest challenge is being able to get the music out to the masses. My greatest attribute is that I work on music every day for hours and hours. It’s a full-time job for me.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
I do not think I am the best. I think I work harder than most at this.
What are your plans for the near future?
I have enough songs to release over the next 5 years. I will release them steadily and continue to write more songs to add to the bank. In October we will be releasing our next single Show Me The Light which I sing part of the chorus in Spanish. The song is a tribute to all the great Latino musicians that taught me their craft while I lived in Miami. Then in January, we will be coming to Miami to film a music video for our third release.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout-outs?
I want to thank my wife for all of her great support. I want to thank my manager Teri Noboa for working endlessly to make things work. I want to thank Cynthia Toombs for all her effort and time in doing our video work. And to all the beautiful fans that make this work for us. Without this nothing is possible.
How can fans find you?
www.kingsofcarlislekoc.com will take you to all our social media.
What suggestions do you have for other artists like yourself?
1. Perfect your craft 2. Believe in yourself 3. Never ever ever give up