DMV recording artist Leo is a talented vocalist, songwriter, lyricist, and self-taught acoustic guitarist by way of Baltimore, MD. Born Eric Booze in the late 80’s he came up in Baltimore’s notorious South side town Cherry Hill. Leo discovered early on that he had a gift. While being from Cherry Hill was no easy feat it didn't take him long before he decided to use his talent as a way to escape the harsh street life that surrounded him. He started rapping as a hobby and was originally was known on the local music scene as “Cherry Hill Boozey” a nickname given to him as a mash up of his hometown and last name. In 2005 Leo performed at several open mic venues for exposure and to solidify his stage presence. He made quite the impression at Baltimore Battles a freestyle rap and music competition, and was offered the opportunity to participate as a host. There he connected with Davonte Wilson the founder of So Swagg a local group that provides entertainment for various colleges and universities. So Swagg took Leo under his wing and he began touring with them throughout the east coast offering the group his unique blend of rap and music. Once he caught the eye and ear of local independent M.A.M Records label owner Jay McGraw he was signed on as an artist. After joining the label he decided to focus his energy primarily into his singing talent, and reinvent himself from “Cherry Hill Boozey” to “Leo” while still incorporating rap and hip hop elements into his music. His stage name is a mononym synonymous with his zodiac sign and personality. He likens himself to a lion in the sense that he is a leader, bold, aggressive, loyal,strong, and protective of those he loves. Leo is a devout fan of old school records and attributes his musical influences to Al Green, Musiq Soulchild, Usher, and Luther Vandross. His face lights up when he says his biggest inspiration and motivation is his infant daughter Kori who he says is already a daddy’s girl. Leo is putting the finishing touches on his highly anticipated 9 Lives EP that will be released in summer 2014.The project will highlight his versatility as an artist with a blend of diverse records. Leo articulately states that he considers life a “good party” and also says music an outlet to “paint a positive picture of life”. He wants his success to inspire youth from his hometown and abroad to push past their nightmares and follow their dreams. When asked what advice he would give to anyone pursuing their goals, he pauses thoughtfully and says “Be yourself”. With his charismatic personality, good looks, ambition, and talent Leo’s stardom is already written in the stars just like his zodiac sign.