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Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash, Red Tails, House of Lies, Supernatural) announces plans to record his debut solo album for release FALL 2013.
Leslie Odom Jr. (Smash, Red Tails, House of Lies, Supernatural) announces plans to record his debut solo album for release FALL 2013.
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My name is Leslie Odom, Jr. Most everyone who will visit this page will be someone that I know. We've known one another for a short time, a very long time, or forever. I've asked you here because I am embarking on the next chapter personally and professionally. It has already been encouraged by so many of you for so long...my debut album.

THE COMMUNITY

Some of us text each other every so often to say hello. Or you reach out on Facebook or on Twitter when you see me on TV or in a movie--especially when you don't expect it. You tell me how proud you are (Thank you.) You congratulate me for achieving some of the things I may have dreamed about when we were growing up. Maybe we've never met in person but you've still been thoughtful enough to send feedback about the work after you watch. Some of you consistently write a kind word after I post wedding pictures, a career milestone, or candids from the set. Some of you don't reach out at all but you still follow along. I appreciate you too.

I get that it's just a computer connection but it keeps us closer in ways that we might not be if we had to call all 2000 of our friends once a month. I value that. I love hitting the "like" button under the picture of your newborn or your engagement ring. It's a blessing for me to hear about your triumphs in business, love, and spiritual awakening. You're also good for a laugh. I am really grateful for the relationships that we've been able to maintain. It is my privilege to be a part of your community. You hold so much of the history of who I am. Thank you for your support over the last lifetime. I am ready to make some art about it.

THE MISSION

This page is to raise the money for the recording, mixing, mastering, and printing of my debut album--a project that is being released independently in the Fall of 2013. Your investment ensures that "independent" does not translate into any lack in quality. I have aligned myself with some of the brightest and most talented young producers, writers, and other creatives in the business who are going to see to it that your $30,000 dollars sounds like a million.

THE SOUND

Imagine the album that Nat King Cole or Sammy Davis, Jr. might make today. 

There isn't really a black male Traditional Pop vocalist visible enough on the contemporary music scene for me to draw a comparison to. That is where I come in...Our sound will be lush, full, and emotional. We want strings where appropriate, a horn section when needed, and we won't be afraid to strip everything down to percussion, piano and voice on a track if we find it most affective. 

THE HOPE

I've waited my entire life for this moment and I am ready to put all of my heart, and hurt, and love, and disappointment, and joy, and great joy on this record for all of you to see and hear and experience. We're deconstructing songs and building arrangements right now. It is so exciting! Traditional Pop Vocal albums open the door for brand new arrangements of some of the greatest songs ever written and even original tunes, written by or for the artist, arranged in ways that fit the sound of the project. I hope you will support it. I hope you'll ask your friends and family to support it. I hope it will touch you. Maybe encourage you to stop waiting and get started on that thing that you'd like to create most.

I hope you'll listen at the gym. Maybe one of the songs will lull your baby to sleep. Maybe you'll find on it the perfect song to underscore a private moment or an independent project of your own...or even just the perfect song for the drive home...

I want to inspire you. I want to inspire myself. Please give what you can. Please spread the word. 

We will not let you down.  ~Odom, Jr. 

THE SAMPLES

Risks and challenges

Potential obstacles to a Fall 2013 release include Leslie being booked to a major show contract during the recording process. If this happens, we will still release the album as soon as possible, however it may be a few months behind schedule.

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    Free digital download of album single prior to public release.

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    Digital download of the entire album prior to public release. You will also receive a download of the album single prior to release.

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    JR. FAN PACK: A SIGNED COPY OF THE CD! You will also get pre-release digital downloads of both the album and the single. (international shipping rates apply)

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    FAN PACK: A limited edition album release poster AND an exclusive raw bonus track recorded live in the studio!! PLUS... YOU GET everything listed above in the "Jr. Fan Pack." (international shipping rates apply)

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    SUPER FAN PACK: I want to thank you face to face! Lets have a 10 minute Skype session. We may both get a little teary. Hope you're cool with that. PLUS... YOU GET everything listed above in the "Fan Pack." (international shipping rates apply)

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    LA CONCERT PACK: Come as my special guest to my upcoming performance at The Coterie on Saturday, April 6th in Hollywood, CA. This package includes 1 ticket and a meet and greet after the show! PLUS...YOU GET everything listed above in the "Super Fan Pack." Travel not included.

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    NYC THEATER PACK: Come as my special guest to an upcoming performance of a soon to be announced Off Broadway production that I'll be starring in running June 2013! You WILL NOT WANT TO MISS IT. This package includes 1 ticket and a meet and greet after the show! PLUS...YOU GET everything listed above in the "Super Fan Pack." Travel not included.

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    LOS ANGELES DUET PACK: Join me on stage at the album release party in LA. We'll sing together and create a memory for all time! You will also receive the "Super Fan Pack" listed above. Travel not included.

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    NEW YORK DUET PACK: Join me on stage at the album release party in NYC. We'll sing together and create a memory for all time! You will also receive the "Super Fan Pack" listed above. Travel not included.

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    VIDEO DEDICATION PACK:Have a special song in mind? I will make video of your song selection with a special dedication to you or someone you love!! (Audio only version is also available upon request.) You will also receive the "Super Fan Pack" listed above.

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    LOS ANGELES VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK: You and a guest will join me at my album release party in LA! You will be my personal invited guests. You will have access to sound check, pre-show VIP reception, VIP priority seating, and hang with me and my friends after the show!! You also receive the "Super Fan Pack" listed above. Travel not included.

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    NEW YORK VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK: You and a guest will join me at my album release party in NYC! You will be my personal invited guests. You will have access to sound check, pre-show VIP reception, VIP priority seating, and hang with me and my friends after the show!! You also receive the "Super Fan Pack" listed above. Travel not included.

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    LOS ANGELES VIP BRUNCH PACK: Relax with me the day after the LA release party. I will host an intimate brunch with you and some of my closest friends in LA! You also receive the "LA VIP Album release Pack" listed above.

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    SPECIAL THANKS: Your name will appear with "special thanks" in the album liner notes AND...You will receive everything listed above in the "VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK."

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    YOU'RE A PRODUCER!! Your name will be credited on the album as an Associate Producer. You will receive exclusive audio and video materials to review throughout the recording and development process. We want to keep you in the loop! You will also receive everything listed above in the "VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK"

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    PRIVATE SHOW (AND OPTIONAL MASTERCLASS) IN YOUR HOME TOWN: Host a Special Event at your Church, School, Performing Arts Camp, or University..I'll sing a little bit and share some of the things I've learned after 15 years in the business. I will perform a 1 hour intimate show with an optional Q & A afterwards. This package also includes one 45 minute "Making the Song Your Own" Masterclass for you and the group if you're singers! Pool your resources! Get creative. Let's make it happen. You also receive the "VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK" listed above. We'll provide our own travel and hotel accommodations! You provide ground transportation to and from the airport and once we get to town. (Offer is good for anywhere in the continental United States.)

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    CONCERT IN YOUR TOWN: I will come to your town and perform the entire track list from the album with a full band at the venue of your choice. Promote the show and invite as many folks as your venue will hold. You will also receive the "VIP ALBUM RELEASE PACK" listed above. If you live more than 100 miles from NYC, you must provide travel and accommodation for me and my band. You can do it! Pool your resources and let's make it happen.

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