My name is Leslie Ann.
It is my great pleasure to share with you!
I remember batting the keys of the piano at my grandmother's house at only 9 months old! Then at 5 yrs old I asked my parents for a piano and they invested in a brand new Baldwin piano. Then two yrs later everything I learned at piano lessons, I would in turn teach my babysitter! LOL!
Having been trained to play classically, I waited for the day to be able to just sit on the piano bench and play like Grandma! So many of you have had or still have those same desires and goals, huh?! =)
My dad & mom would always sing while driving or while just sitting down somewhere. They were always singing! That is why they always have smiles on their faces. =) They are some of the happiest people. They instilled within us kids a love and joy for music by lifting up their voices unto the King of Kings, the Eternal King-Melek HaOlam! They encouraged us kids to be involved in choir and band whether at school or church.
At around 6 or 7 yrs old I had a dream of crawl climbing up a mountain 3 times. People dressed in white on either side tried to help me reach the top, but each time I rolled down. The third time I looked up and saw the Messiah Jesus-YahShua HaMashiach in the clouds outlined in gold standing next to an open rounded top door also outlined in gold. He had His hand stretched out to me. Soon after that dream I had a vision of playing on a golden piano with angels all around for the Father Above. The Father was preparing me for ministry and filling me with great desire to serve Him through music.
I am so thankful for my upbringing and the opportunities available to me. Getting involved in the children's choir, working hard and touring, I also started playing the flute in the kids band at church and at school. Our church's pastor's wife heard me playing the piano when I was around 13 yrs old and asked me to begin playing during offeretories. She was instrumental in getting the youth very involved in all music ministry for which many thanks go to her for her tireless efforts!
Starting to play in Fine Arts Festivals at 17 yrs old, I played a beautiful rhapsody of Jesus Never Fails arranged by Bruce Greer and eceived the highest rating -a superior rating and hence, went on to represent the state of Ohio on the national level. Around this time I had yet another vision of playing a grand piano in a low, dark place with people sitting all around it.
At 17 yrs old my piano teacher said I was ready to teach others. People began asking me to teach them when I was 19 yrs old.
Though I could play classically I could not play by ear. In fact, in college the professor asked, "Is that a melodic Major 3rd?" To which I thought, "Don't call on me-I can't even tell if you played pitches that went up or down let alone what interval it was!" I tried to figure out how music worked. If you set sheet music infront of me I could play it, but to listen to a piece and try to play it- I had no idea. I couldn't hear it as hard as I tried. It is truly a miracle the ability He has given me to bring forth new songs here lately!
I began teaching piano. I prayed and asked the Father to give me songs to His Word. In late '98 after moving from Ohio to Florida the electricity went out and it was all black. In spite of that I sat at the piano and began playing a new song. The Holy Spirit-Ruach HaQODESH taught me to listen to Him- that I didn't have to see sheet music set infront of me. I was to feel His leading! HalleluYAH! I wrote my first song in 1998!
Around 2003 I began also giving Voice Lessons. Throughout all this time I was involved with different Praise bands and worship teams or playing solos. I have six beautiful children and I have taught them, passing on to them the love for music that my parents showed me and we would all go out and sing for places of worship together.
Within the past few years after learning Hebrew and studying The Scriptures in light of the LaShon HaQODESH, the Holy Language the Holy Spirit began pouring forth songs into my heart and now here we have the first CD out and available with incredible songs to bless our heavenly Abba, to bring His blessing to many and to fill the broken places with His abundant overflowing compassion, healing and love!
I am now ministering all over. If you would like me to minister with you at your place of worship just say the word! Most recently I played with a worship team and shared a new song that is on this first CD. And Guess what? Here I am in a lower place (Florida), the place was dark as the electricity had gone out in the whole area and I was playing on a grand piano with people all around it! The vision that I shared earlier that I had around 14 yrs old was for now! I am walking through the door... HalleluYAH!
It has been my desire to be a missionary since a child. Whereever I have lived the Father would bring people to me to give them the Besorah-the Good News-the Gospel Message. I was a stationary missionary so to speak-that is what He spoke to me. But now, is the time that the dreams and visions that He had given me since a child are taking place to go out and abroad with His message of the Scriptures for daily living through song! Blessed be His Great Name! Barukh HaShem!
When I sensed the urgency to bring the music to His people I prayed for how I was to go about it. The integrity of this music needed someone who is sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit-who would be able to follow His leading even when it didn't make natural music sense. The Father's ways are higher than our own. I have often been told that when I play it is different-that their is a passionate element felt in the music. I play from from my heart as His Ruach leads. The Holy Spirit led me to Deltona Records who is a wonderful and passionately skilled music producer. Over and over again while recording in the studio and working on the songs we sensed the presence of Ruach HaQODESH fill the studio. He confirmed again and again through visions, dreams, and words of knowledge and word of wisdom His will and desires for each song and the individual elements of each song.
When I write songs, many of them if not all of them have come through sensing Ruach HaQODESH's presence heavily as a cloud (which sometimes I could actually see the white cloud moving infront of me while playing) all around me and tears would pour forth from my eyes and stream down my cheeks as I sensed His leading me with beautiful chords and words.
If you or your group desire to learn, it is my pleasure to share. Just send an email to me. Thank you for supporting and being part of this ministry! I Bless You! My Blessings and Shalom! Complete Wholeness through YahShua-may we walk and serve YHWH as He did! Leslie Ann