Leesa Mackey is a Montreal-born and raised singer songwriter, guitarist, studio session vocalist, and actress. She started her career singing in Hip-hop groups such as Butta Babees, with D Shade from Shades of Culture, Annakin Slayd, and her own band Tamashi.
In 2016 Leesa became a member of The Perfect Strangers Band, who have performed at Rosewood Montreal in The Old Port, and at Le Grande Roue on a regular basis.
In 2017 Leesa started recording and performing with the Osmosis Unlimited Band and became a full member—they eventually recorded “Dollar in Your Pocket” and released a video for it in 2019. In 2018 The Perfect Strangers became the live band for Dubmatique a Montréal, award winning hip-hop group. Leesa performed songs with them Off their platinum albums in 2018 at Montréal en Lumièreat and FrancoFolies Festival. In 2018 Leesa’s band Tamashi released a remake of Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Mr. Brown”. Leesa has also released a solo album, ‘Leesa Mackey’s Breakthrough’, with Montreal producers Collin Sylex. Leesa Wrote a full length album, with her band Tamashi called ‘Connect’.
In March 2018 Leesa became a member of the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, directed by Dr. Trevor W. Payne. This led to her performing a solo of the late Aretha Franklin‘s gospel classic “How I Got Over”, and an opportunity to audition for Opera de Montreal. She landed the opera role and in January 2019, performed in a 5-day Canadian debut of Champion an Opera in Jazz, by Terence Blanchard, at Montreal’s Place des Arts. In July 2019 Leesa had a role in Kevin Hart’s film Fatherhood, directed by Paul Weitz and to be released in April 2021.
In May 2020, Leesa collaborated with Montreal producer, singer/songwriter and guitarist Jeff Lauber on his song “Flamingo”.
In June 2020 Leesa released a brand new single called “The Storm”, written by John Jordan (founder of Alley Cat Gallery), and which subsequently was featured on Apple Music’s award-winning podcast Women of Substance.
Currently, Leesa has been very busy writing and recording her new album, to be released in early 2021.