Black Music Month Spotlight: Leon Timbo

Leon Timbo
Leon Timbo

There have been many artists that launch their careers with a big start and an equally quick finish.  But, there is one new artist on the horizon that we think has longevity in his talent.

Leon Timbo is a singer and activist that we were introduced to by Tyrese and R. Kelly in a video Tyrese took of the three hanging out together in a restaurant on the set of Transformers 3 in 2010.  As soon as Timbo began to sing, the raw talent was so overwhelming we wanted to get his album that very moment.  Fortunately, Timbo’s album is due this month …early this month.

In October 2012, he released a three-song ‘single.’  One of the songs released was “Don’t Call,” which is the first song we heard him sing when he hung out with R. Kelly and Tyrese.  According to Star, Timbo is not just interested in music and wasn’t seriously interested in music until the age of 16.

His main focus is connecting with his audience whether it be through his music or community involvement.  From “children’s charities to those dealing with HIV and AIDS,” he concentrates his efforts in three cities he loves.  His hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, Jacksonville Community Rehab Center,  as well as, Atlanta’s Hope and Light Foundation, and Cleveland Church on the North Coast, as well as St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Leon told Star,

“My career goal is pretty lofty, although very simple,” he explained. “I want an opportunity to give an individual my view, my insight, my experience on life – to give them the ability to see themselves differently, to see people differently. I’m really passionate about having that experience, because I’m crazy enough to think that I have something to say.”

Check out his music below.

-J.C. Brooks


"Don't Call" by LEON TIMBO from Sebastian Davis on Vimeo.

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