Leon King

Guitarist - Teacher - Writer - MD

 

SESSIONS & PROJECTS

Leon King is a highly regarded and well respected guitarist around the world and within the UK Music Scene. Having recorded with many acts of various genres, toured the world and played to thousands if not millions, Leon is regarded and respected for his unique sound as well as his adaptability to different musical situations; hired for his unique sound, look and vibe.


2016 saw Leon predominantly playing for Grammy award winning singer 'Joss Stone' on her 'Total World Tour', which took in Central and South America, USA, Caribbean Islands, Europe, Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Singapore and Africa. This tour, which will not end until every country in the world has been visited, should be noted as not your regular music tour. The Total World Tour aims to bring all the people of the world together, regardless of race, age, sex, politics etc, and unite through the power of music, with a mission to explore and understand the language of music in every country on the planet. The tour not only includes the shows, but includes collaborations with local musicians from each country and documented charity visits. This is a special tour in which Leon wholeheartedly believes in and gets himself fully involved, in every aspect.


From 2015, Leon has also been blessed with live guitar duties for Natty and his band The Rebel Ship. A bit of a dream come true for Leon, who has been a fan of Natty since his Debut Album 'Man Like I', Natty and The Rebel Ship have been touring the world in promotion of Natty's latest album: 'Release the Fear'. In the summer of 2017 Leon went into the studio in Natty & The Rebel Ship to record 'Man Like I - 10 year anniversary EP', to be released in 2018.


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Through Natty, Leon has become part of the 'Vibes and Pressure' band, backing up artists of the likes of Liam Bailey, Eva Lazarus, Josh Osho, JJ Soulx, SubaJah, RU1 Fam and Bongo Kanny amongst others.


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2016/17 saw Leon step up on live guitar duties with well known singer: Liam Bailey.


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In 2017 Leon accompanied upcoming Jamaican artist: Sevana. During her UK tour supporting Proteje, Leon did acoustic duo shows, one of which was introduced by Sir David Rodigan. Follow Leon on Instagram to see the video.


2015 also saw Leon collaborate with Ninja Tune Artist: DJ Vadim. Leon played, wrote and arranged all guitars on 'Grow Slow' feat: Sena.


Since 2006, Leon has been a core member, curator, writer, arranger and MD for The Drop. The Drop have extensively toured the UK and Europe becoming a well known act on the festival circuit with a very strong, vast and loyal fan-base across UK and Europe. 2 EP's, various singles, countless tours, sharing the stage with acts such as Toots and the Maytals, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, The Skints, Dub Pistols and Zion Train to name but a few, The Drop are about to to take the world by storm with their debut album dropping very soon..


Summer 2011 saw Leon join forces with critically acclaimed producer 'Grippa Laybourne' and his outfit 'Hempolics'. Jumping in as a 'dep' guitarist during their 'Faithless' support tour, Leon had less than a week to learn a full set before jumping on stage in front of thousands at Brixton and Glasgow Academies and was immediately asked to join as no.1 guitarist. Since then they have toured the UK and Europe and recorded debut album 'Kiss Cuddle and Torture', of which Leon features on guitar. Since 2015 to present day, they have enjoyed radio airplay on BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and 6music among many others.

 
 

Since 2013 Leon has been a regular recording guitarist for producer 'Daniel Boyle' at 'Rolling Lion Studio'. Daniel's clientele includes top reggae artists such as Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Max Romeo. Leon has featured on an upcoming release for Lee 'Scratch' Perry and the 2015 'Nu Roots Records' release featuring 'Rosa Shanti' and 'Oriel': NUROOTS001.

 
 

 
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Jesse Sheehan is a hugely talented Singer-Songwriter from New Zealand. His album 'Drinking with the Birds' is signed to Universal in New Zealand and was produced by the one and only Neil Finn. Leon has had the pleasure of being Jesse's guitarist while he resides in the UK, working on guitar arrangements and writing parts for new songs with Jesse. Jesse himself also plays guitar live for Neil Finn and Dave Dobbyn.

 
 

Leon spent a good part of the late 00's playing guitar for Award Winning Singer-Songwriter 'Megan Henwood'. Megan won the 'BBC Young Folk Artist of the Year' in 2009 and since then has exploded onto the UK Folk scene. Leon played live throughout the UK venue and festival circuit and recorded an EP with Megan.

 
 

 
 

After meeting at Music College, Leon has played guitar for SInger-Songwriter 'Rokhsan' in various projects, most notably her solo project, which was signed to the same management label as Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding and Sugababes. Rokshan also writes and tours for Roots Manuva, amongst many others.

 
 

 
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Leon has been providing Guitar, Ukulele, Bass, Drums and Composition roles for media company Affair in Tokyo since 2012. Leon's playing has made it onto various syncs for adverts, trailers and films.


 
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It was around 2008 Leon started working with Roots Manuva championed, 'Bananaklan' Reggae, Soul, Hip-Hop Artist; 'Jimmy Screech'. Leon played live, including a UK support tour with Roots Manuva, and recorded guitar on various singles between 2008 - 2010.

 
 

 
 

As well as Jimmy Screech, Leon has also played for other artists on 'The Bananaklan' collective / label, such as 2Nice & Skeme. The Bananaklan is a collection of artists affiliated with Roots Manuva of which Leon has been resident guitarist for live and studio since 2008.


 
 

Leon met '#onesongaweek' Singer-Songwriter Frank Hamilton at Music Uni around 2005. Since then until around 2010, Leon jammed, wrote and played guitar with Frank live and in the studio - providing lead guitar on his 'You, Your Cat & Me' EP and doing various UK tours.

 
 

 
 

Old friends from Kidulthood, since around 2003 until present day, Leon has been providing lead guitar for function/party band 'LoveShovel', playing party numbers of all genres, with a heavy accent on Funk, Disco and Soul. Leon has played extensive corporate and non corporate, functions, parties, weddings, bar mitzvahs up and down the UK in his spare time between other projects with these guys and girls.