Ryan Leslie is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer from Washington, D.C. Leslie has produced singles for a number of prominent artists in a variety of genres, ranging from R&B and hip hop to pop and gospel. From 2005–2006, he had his most commercial success to date with NextSelection/Bad Boy singer Cassie, when they released her debut single, “Me & U”. Leslie’s 2008 self-titled debut album, includes the singles “Diamond Girl”, “Addiction” and “How It Was Supposed to Be”.
Alongside his musical career, Leslie (who is also a Harvard University graduate) met success by means of entrepreneurship. He is the founder and CEO of SuperPhone and the record label NextSelection Lifestyle Group. In 2011, he was nominated for a Grammy.
He remains connected to the pulse of the culture and through this scholarship hopes to leave his footprint for others to follow.
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