Letasia Leak is an independent R&B and soul artist who is deviating from the pop trend in the music industry. She creates music that is not only good for the ears but also “food for the soul.”
Like most musicians, her love for music started when she was younger. Letasia grew up in Prince George’s County in Maryland to parents who were only in high school when they conceived her. She experienced a lot of trauma as she grew older, and by the age of five, Letasia went to live with her paternal grandmother.
While living with her, Letasia practically spent every day at church. Because her grandmother was a Southern Baptist, she grew up around prayer meetings, Bible study, choir rehearsal, AWANA, and Sunday service, among other things.
Letasia’s stay with her grandparents introduced her to all types of music. From James Brown and The Beatles to Shirley Caesar and Gladys Knight, Letasia was surrounded by music that influenced her. She fell in love with Earth, Wind, and Fire’s funk and harmony, and Anita Baker’s contralto, which fascinated her as Baker’s voice was deeper than most female artists, something Letasia found she could relate to.
She also had an aunt and uncles who were local DJs and often hosted parties that Letasia would often sneak into. There were times before she was sent back to bed that someone would take Letasia and let her stand on their feet and dance with her a little. It is something that she looks back on so fondly.
With so many musical inspirations, it was no surprise to see Letasia singing up with the choir. By around third grade, she began writing poetry and her own songs. Whenever she had free time throughout middle school and high school, she would help teach math, reading, and art to the preschoolers in her grandmother’s daycare.
As she grew older, Letasia found more female vocalists that she added into her favorites. Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, and Jill Scott would strengthen her love for music as she found herself exposed to other artists and bands like Beyonce, Alanis Morissette, Nirvana, The Dixie Chicks, LadySmith Black Mambazo, and Beyonce.
After graduating from Duval High School in Landham, Marland, she went on to get a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina Central University and later a master’s degree in teaching and learning from Nova Southeastern University.
In 2004, Letasia would teach for Prince George’s County Public Schools as a special education and science teacher. Around 2007 to 2008, she wrote songs and would try to get people to sing and produce them. However, Letasia found that luck wouldn’t be with her as people often tried to change some words in her songs.
Despite the difficulty, Letasia never stopped writing. Finally, in 2018, she decided to sing and produce her own songs as an independent artist. Letasia would produce songs in the soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz genres.
Letasia likens herself as an inspirational R&B artist with songs that she characterizes as “healing music” or “food for the soul.”
Letasia released an album called Divine Love in 2018 and very recently released a single called “So Grateful.” Her music can be found on Spotify.