New York City is in for a treat on Wednesday, December 13, 2011 when Actor/singer, LEON will remove his acting hat and replace it with that of “Artist.” Known for his roles in movies such as “Cool Runnings,” “Above the Rim,” “Waiting to Exhale,” “The Temptations,” “Little Richard,” “The Five Heartbeats,” along with television series “OZ” and “Resurrection Boulevard,” LEON will perform live, for a worthy cause, with his band “Leon & the Peoples” at Sullivan Hall.
LEON became lead singer of his own band, Leon & the Peoples in 2005 and went on to release their debut album, “The Road Less Traveled” in 2006. In 2007, the band received a nomination for the album from the International Reggae and World Music Award. Later that year, the band joined Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths on their thirty six city US tour, For The Love Of It Tour. Leon was also a frequent surprise guest on Beres’ 2008 A Moment in Time US tour. In 2010, the band headlined at NYC’s Aids Walk Concert in Central Park, Jazz Aspen Festival and more.
The Actor remarks, “I am never too busy to do something charity related. I am more than happy to lend assistance because the work is so important. I am urging everyone to come out and support this cause. Give A Gift, Change A Life, Make A Difference. This is what Christmas is about, giving to those who cannot afford to do so otherwise.”
The Holiday concert, which will also feature performances by Curtis Bailey & The Clinic and Alexis Layne, is held in conjunction with The American Friends of Jamaica, who will host a Toy and Book Drive during the event. Concert goers are asked to bring a toy or book unwrapped to benefit one of the children’s homes supported by the AFJ in Jamaica.
Founded in 1982, the American Friends of Jamaica is a charitable 501(c)(3) organization built on the principles of service and philanthropy; and is established to render assistance in the areas of Education, Healthcare, and Economic Development. The AFJ works with a broad coalition of Jamaican organizations and stakeholders to bring about change in the lives of Jamaicans in need. Amongst other initiatives, our partners assist us to provide shelter to the homeless, or to send inner-city youth to camps where they learn life skills. For more information, visit www.theafj.org.