Losing her mother during her childhood years led singer Neka Leslie to use music as a therapeutic outlet.
“Music chose me at an early age, following the death of my mother. She had introduced me to different music genres and losing her, music became therapeutic for me to process the pain and the loss,” said Neka Leslie.
The Westmoreland-born recording artiste, who now calls Atlanta home, began writing songs at 10 and ventured into live performing when she turned 18.
On June 24, Neka Leslie released her latest single Energy, which she co-wrote with Nazine. Recorded at Big Yard studio in Kingston, the song was mixed and mastered at the Frenz For Real studio.
Energy is the follow-up to Neka Leslie’s most recent release African Girl which features Busy Signal.
“African Girl was warmly received and it got a lot of support from radio stations in Jamaica and parts of Africa. I’m confident that Energy will do even better, with the positive feedback that I have been receiving thus far,” Neka Leslie shared.
Energy is a departure from Leslie’s previous reggae and Afrobeat-flavoured songs. This is her first dancehall-oriented track.
“This is my first hardcore dancehall track and I am very excited about it because it gives me a chance to showcase my versatility as a singer, songwriter and producer,” said Leslie.
Energy is a part of an EP that Leslie hopes to release later this year.
“I’m recording tracks for my upcoming EP but I haven’t set a release date for it as yet. I’m also recording some songs that I plan to release as singles later this year,” she said.
Because I Love You, Topsy Turvy, and All on Me featuring Jah Cure are among Neka Leslie’s previous releases.
Her lifelong ambition is to open a non-profit charity for children who are orphans or have been abandoned by their parents.