Steve has had a professional songwriting career spanning more than twenty-five years with songs recorded by Kenny Rogers, Mark Chesnutt, George Strait, Darryl Worley, Rhonda Vincent, Neal McCoy, Ricky Skaggs, Darius Rucker, and more.
A multiple BMI Award-winner, Steve received a Grammy for the title cut to Ricky Skaggs' 2004 Best Bluegrass Album of the Year "Brand New Strings.”
Steve has been playing guitar and singing onstage since he was 15 years old. Recently, Steve has joined some of the best players in Nashville in presenting How Sweet It Is! Steve Leslie Sings James Taylor. As a recording artist Steve has released three CDs, as well as written the music and book for the full-length musical, Umbrella.
Steve taught Jazz History at Tallahassee Community College, Tallahassee, FL, Songwriting at Belmont University, Nashville, TN, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN, and in 2013 was one of four internationally selected candidates considered for the Chair of the Songwriting Department, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA. Steve is Senior Faculty Member at Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), and a regular contributor to American Songwriter Magazine. His popular songwriting course, The Fine Art of Songwriting, is available here: indiemusicacademy.com/fas