From starring on hit television series to producing #1 albums with the biggest artist in music, actor and Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Leon Thomas has become one of the most watched multi-hyphenate talents in the entertainment industry today.
In recent years Leon has worked with artists like Ariana Grande, Snoh Aalegra, Kodak Black, and more. In 2021 Leon found himself contributing his production skills to one of the most important albums in the last ten years, Drake’s globally chart-topping album Certified Lover Boy. With writing and production credits that included “Pipe Down,” “Love All” featuring Jay-Z, and “In the Bible” featuring Lil Durk and Givēon, Leon’s unique sound and writing wizardry can now be found up and down the Billboard charts.
“It’s been an amazing collaborative process working with a lot of my co-producers and people I’ve been building with for years on just a huge win like this,” says Leon about his role on an album. “Seeing him take nine slots out of the top 10 was historical, and to be a part of that is a blessing.”
Born in Brooklyn and raised by his vocalist mother, opera-singing grandfather, and stepfather who played guitar for B.B. King, Thomas’ musical career began early. He appeared as Young Simba on Broadway’s The Lion King at 10 years old and began working with Nickelodeon at 13, voicing The Backyardigans character Tyrone and eventually starring in Victorious for the sho21ww’s entire run. Thomas signed a deal with Columbia Records while he was still on the show, as did many other cast members, which led to him being under the tutelage of legendary producer Babyface. Although he won his first Grammy for writing credits on Face and Toni Braxton’s 2014 joint album Love, Marriage, & Divorce, Thomas says that he still has several milestones he wants to reach, including a solo Grammy and more plaques. “It’s about continuing to outdo myself creatively and I want to really create my own sounds that will dominate radio,” he says.
As he closes out a forever memorable year, Leon will continue to be a musical force of nature towards the albums of superstars but now he’s geared to join them on the charts with the release of his long-awaited EP due out early next year.
“I’m a big stickler on the business and making sure that I’m putting out the music in ways that can be advantageous to my old self. I want to look back and say, “Alright, I made some smart decisions as a businessman as well as a creative.” That’s kind of hard to do sometimes when you’re in a rush, so I’m taking my time, and honestly, I feel like that might be annoying to my fans, but I think it’s very important for me in the long run. I just want to be happy with all of my decisions.”