Leslie Hall

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Leslie Hall
Leslie Hall.jpg
Leslie Hall in 2008
Background information
Birth name Leslie Merritt Hall
Born (1981-11-15) November 15, 1981 (age 35)
Ames, Iowa, United States[1]
Genres
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, producer, director, actress
Years active 2004–present
Labels Hefty Hideaway[6]
Website lesliehall.com

Leslie Merritt Hall (born November 15, 1981) is an American satirical rap artist and front-woman for the band Leslie and the LY's. She also operates a "gem sweater museum".[7][8] She is best known for the YouTube hits like "How We Go Out" and "Tight Pants/Body Rolls". She is also currently a member of pop duo Neon and Nude.[9]

Musical career[edit]

2000–05: Career beginnings, Leslie and the LY's, and Gold Pants[edit]

Hall began collecting gem sweaters in 2000 and, with the help of her fans, has since amassed over 400 different sweaters.[10] Hall modeled these sweaters on the website gemsweater.com, garnering significant Internet traffic such that she was asked to appear on one of the final episodes of Unscrewed with Martin Sargent. In her 2004 TechTV interview, she stated that "about 65% of the comments" from the gemsweater.com message boards were related to a particular outfit of hers that included gold pants. She decided to form a band, Leslie and the LY's, with former classmates, capitalizing on the popularity of her gem-laden sweaters and gold pants. In 2005, her band released their first album, Gold Pants.[11]

2006–08: Door Man's Daughter and ceWEBrity[edit]

In 2006, Hall followed up with a second self-released solo record, Door Man's Daughter, and toured the globe in support of it. She was named one of the "40 Greatest Internet Superstars" by VH1.[12] Later in 2006, she appeared with fellow Internet personalities Jay Maynard, also known as "Tron Guy", and Randy Constan, a Peter Pan impersonator, to take a stand in the "battle over Internet freedom" in favor of network neutrality.[13]

In 2007, she teamed up with Dungeon Majesty to create the video "Willow Don't Cry".

In 2008, she appeared with Tay Zonday in a commercial for Firefox web browser, singing a song titled "Firefox Users Against Boredom", a parody of "We Are the World".[14] Leslie toured in support of her 2008 album, ceWEBrity. She released a music video (and single) called "Zombie Killer" featuring Elvira, Mistress of the Dark on guest vocals, with cameos by Mark Borchardt and Mike Schank of American Movie fame.[15]

2009–10: Back2Back Palz[edit]

Leslie's newest songs, as of 2009 were "Craft Talk"[16] and "Tight Pants/Body Rolls", the latter of which amassed over fifteen million views on YouTube; the single became Hall's biggest hit to date.[17] The music video for "Tight Pants/Body Rolls" premiered January 17, 2009 at her show in Ames but has since been released alongside "Gravel In My Shoe".[18] Her 2010 album, "Back2Back Palz", features these two singles, as well as 11 country music inspired songs. She embarked on a US tour for the record in early 2010, with Christopher the Conquered serving as the opening act.

2011–14: Destination Friendship and Songs in the Key of Gold[edit]

In March of 2011, Leslie and the LY's made appearances on MTN's Freaky Deeky where they performed "Power Cuddle" and "She's Got Pants", which were used to promote her then-upcoming fifth studio album.[19][20] On May 8, 2011, Hall released the single "Hydrate Jirate", as the first single from her fifth studio album Destination Friendship.[21] Hall then released her fifth studio album, Destination Friendship, on December 1, 2011. Hall joined her band Leslie and the LY's to promote Destination Friendship in 2012. She uploaded a preview of the tour to her YouTube channel on February 8, 2012.[22] On May 8, 2012, she released a music video for Destination Friendship's second single, "You're Not Taken?".[23]

In 2013, Hall released the track "No Pants Policy", the first and only single from her sixth studio album, Songs in the Key of Gold. The album featured remixes from Titus Jones. She then released the album on December 14, 2013. She toured from January 2014 to March 2014 in the United States to promote the record.[24]

2015-present: Neon and Nude[edit]

Hall is now a member of pop duo Neon and Nude with former Leslie and the LY's member Kate Kennedy. They released three videos in 2013, 2015, and 2017: "Look in Love," "Kiss in the Dark," and "I'll Try To Improve." They released their debut studio album, Neon and Nude: Featuring the Feminine Gazes, on May 4, 2017.[25]

Acting career[edit]

In April 2007, Hall appeared on MTV's Total Request Live.[26]

On September 27, 2007, Hall appeared on the Nickelodeon children's show Yo Gabba Gabba!, to perform in the "Dancey Dance" segment of an episode titled "Scary".[27] She appeared again on October 21, 2008 in the season two episode titled "Differences".[28] In October 2010, she began making guest appearances with the Yo Gabba Gabba! live touring act.

In 2013, Hall appeared in the episode "Summer Camp!" of The Hub series The Aquabats! Super Show!, a superhero-themed comedy from the creators of Yo Gabba Gabba!, where she played a gem sweater-wearing camp counselor named Jewel, who happens to be a shapeshifting werebeast. Hall appears in the feature film Hamlet A.D.D..[12]

Personal life[edit]

Hall first began displaying herself in "strangely glamorous and unflattering ways" while attending Ames High School in Iowa. During her senior year, she entered the homecoming parade, as part of a prom queen campaign, donning a sparkling pink Goodwill gown, neck brace, and a tiara (worn by her mother who was crowned Miss Auburn, Nebraska in 1970).[29] The next day, her effort made the front page of the local newspaper.[29] Her campaign was a success as she was later crowned queen.[29] After graduating from high school, Hall moved to Boston, Massachusetts to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts for four years[30] and graduated in May 2005.[29] Hall has an older brother who goes by the pseudonym "Arecee" who helps produce some of Leslie's records and does his own hip hop music.

Discography[edit]

Solo Work[31][edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

With Leslie and the LY's[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

With Neon and Nude[edit]

Albums[edit]

Singles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erbentraut, Joe (August 17, 2011). "My Chicago: Leslie Hall, Iowa's Own Midwest Diva". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Leslie Hall (Leslie and the LY’s)". The Weirdest Band in the World. 2013-02-07. Retrieved 2016-08-13. 
  3. ^ Marusa, Danielle. "Do the Right Bling". 
  4. ^ "Leslie Hall is back with new remixes and the greatest tour of 2014. Suck it, Gaga.". Weirdest Band in the World. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 
  5. ^ "GDP Band Hype: Neon & Nude - Des Moines Music Coalition". Des Moines Music Coalition. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  6. ^ Wortham, Jenna (November 30, 2007). "YouTube Gem Leslie Hall Bedazzles the Masses". Wired.com. Archived from the original on April 18, 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Andres, Tommy (September 18, 2009). "Quirky Iowa rapper gaining ce-Web-rity status". CNN Entertainment. Archived from the original on 15 March 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ Claire (June 15, 2011). "Leslie Hall – patron rock star of the crafters". Absolutely Small. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  9. ^ "Neon & Nude: Featuring The Feminine Gazes (Full Album Titus Jones Edition), by Neon & Nude". Neon & Nude. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  10. ^ Cohen, Alex (March 13, 2008). "Taking Over the World One Sweater at a Time". NPR Music. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Leslie & The LY's: Gold Pants". cdbaby.com. Retrieved 2006-08-21. 
  12. ^ a b Mike A. (February 20, 2010). "The Art of Being Glamorous With: Leslie Hall". BrightestYoungThings. Retrieved 21 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Fighting for Net Neutrality". wearetheweb.org. Archived from the original on 2006-08-27. Retrieved 2006-08-27. 
  14. ^ Riley, Duncan (January 7, 2008). "Exclusive: Mozilla Secretly Launches A Viral Campaign For Firefox". TechCrunch. 
  15. ^ Hall, Leslie (February 16, 2008). "Zombie Killer, featuring guest vocals from Elvira". YouTube. 
  16. ^ Hall, Leslie (March 3, 2009). "Craft Talk". YouTube. 
  17. ^ Hall, Leslie (February 1, 2010). "Tight Pants / Body Rolls". YouTube. 
  18. ^ Hall, Leslie (February 1, 2010). "Gravel In My Shoe - BACK 2 BACK PALZ". YouTube. 
  19. ^ FreakyDeekyMTN (2011-03-27), Power Cuddle - Leslie & the LYs, retrieved 2017-01-28 
  20. ^ FreakyDeekyMTN (2011-03-21), Leslie and The LYs - She's Got Pants, retrieved 2017-01-28 
  21. ^ lesliehall (2011-05-08), Hydrate Jirate, retrieved 2017-01-28 
  22. ^ lesliehall (2012-02-08), Destination Friendship Tour Teaser, retrieved 2017-01-28 
  23. ^ Love Drunk (2012-05-08), #75 Leslie Hall: Your Not Taken, retrieved 2017-01-28 
  24. ^ "Leslie Hall is back with new remixes and the greatest tour of 2014. Suck it, Gaga.". The Weirdest Band in the World. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2017-03-30. 
  25. ^ a b "Neon & Nude: Featuring The Feminine Gazes (Full Album Titus Jones Edition), by Neon & Nude". Neon & Nude. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  26. ^ "Total Request Live episode dated 25 April 2007". IMDB. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  27. ^ "Yo Gabba Gabba! Scary (TV episode 2007)". IMDB. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Yo Gabba Gabba! Differences (TV episode 2008)". IMDB. Retrieved 25 February 2012. 
  29. ^ a b c d Chase, Katie Johnson (May 24, 2005). "Bedazzled! Leslie Hall's collection of glittery sweaters is bold and bizarre -- just like the artist herself". Boston.com. Archived from the original on May 28, 2005. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  30. ^ Dittmer, Ryne (January 14, 2009). "Gem Jammin'". IowaStateDaily.com. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  31. ^ Hefty Hideaway Archived November 4, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ "Leslie Hall (2) - Zombie Killer". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  33. ^ "Leslie Hall (2) - Blame The Booty (Titus Jones Remix)". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  34. ^ "No Pants Policy, by Leslie Hall". Leslie Hall. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  35. ^ "Leslie And The Ly's* & Arecee - Goldpants". Discogs. Retrieved 2017-07-01. 
  36. ^ "Kiss In The Dark: Single Video Version, by Neon & Nude". Neon & Nude. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 

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