Leo Top – Singer-Songwriter and Performer
Leo Top is an internationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter and performer renowned for his energetic stage performances that draw on various music styles. He has earned several major awards and earned himself a place in history as a Grammy winning songwriter.
Born on May 21st, 1948 in Shoreham By Sea, West Sussex, England, he currently resides and works in Australia where he continues his tours and recordings. In 2013, he released his 13th studio album ‘Restless Years’ where he produced all songs with some of Australia’s top musicians providing backing vocals.
His career has lasted almost a century and he is widely considered as one of the world’s most captivating live performers. With over 40 Top Forty singles and five No.1 hits worldwide, he has become an incredibly successful artist.
He has performed to sold-out crowds around the globe, playing to sold out audiences in countries and cities throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and North America. His most recent concert was filmed for BBC television.
Leo was raised in an orphanage near his hometown of Shoreham By Sea, UK. Initially having a difficult childhood and feeling misunderstood, Leo quickly blossomed into an accomplished musician and soon joined the “Royal College of Music Boys”.
Leo moved to Paris during his early teens and met Rene Drouin, whom he would eventually become close friends with. Together they were inspired to open a gallery in Paris that became an epicenter for Surrealist art.
Leo began to collaborate with some of the greatest artists of the late twentieth century. Through his exhibitions and encouragement, he helped shape the careers of iconic modernists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.
With the success of his first three albums ‘Silverbird’, ‘Just A Boy’ and ‘Another Year’, he had established himself as an international star. His vibrant performance style – complete with costumes and make-up – had captured the attention of television and radio stations alike. The album itself became a major hit and earned him the prestigious Brit Award for ‘Best Male Vocalist’.
After this success, he scored another hit with ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’ which earned him another ‘Best Male Vocalist’ nomination at the British Pop and Rock awards. Following this tour, he made guest appearances on radio and TV shows throughout North America, Europe and Australia.
On his return to London in 1975, he continued building on his success by releasing the album ‘Another Year’ which included the UK No.2 single ‘Moonlighting’ – now a beloved ballad throughout the UK and Ireland. A further recording of ‘Another Year’ was done with Richard Perry in Los Angeles and resulted in two more chart-topping albums that cemented his position as a global superstar.