His music is as tender and flavorful as a perfectly aged Steak
Jazz DJ Billy Raven
Les Dion is emerging from the shadows of the Jazz/ R&B world fully aged and in full command of his craft, his identity, and his music. His new Album Back 2 Smooth is a captivating and moving debut release 40 years in the making. It is the perfect blend of extraordinary life events, mixed with jazz overtones, and a sweet uplifting taste of oldschool R&B that only Les can deliver. Nothing can prepare you for a lifelong journey of obscurity in this crazy, everchanging Music Business, says Les. The Back 2 Smooth Project delivers that 40 year story eloquently, at times tearfully, but always in a unique Jazzy groove that is distinctly Les Dion.
From Label deals at 12 years old with All-Platinum/ SugarHill Record's Hiphop mogul Sylvia Robinson, to world tour appearances with New Edition, and Earth Wind and Fire, Les Dion has prepared for this moment a lifetime. Through the 70'sand 80's, he persued musical success relentlessly, even forsaking multiple Pre-Med Scholarships and, a stellar six year Military Tour of Duty. The only thing more elusive than a successful Music Career may have been Bin Laden, jokes Les, but the battle to maintain Musical focus throughout his amazing journey has been no joke at all.
Upon coming to terms with the disappointing realities of the Record Business in 1989, Les Dion settled into family life with a new wife, determined to raise a family of seven honorably. The family responsibilities somehow never overshadowed the burning drive to write and record the story of his amazing life. From the victory of a gruelling 10 year Leukemia battle faced by his courageous wife, to the crushing blow of burying his two 20 year old sons, the challenges have been both enormous and relentless. Raising five children was a daunting task, but burying my precious sons 2 years apart was just pure hell, proclaims Les, but as the tragedies mounted, so did the songs.