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Leslie Mills

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Years active  1997–present
Role  Singer
Name  Leslie Mills

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Occupation(s)  Singer, songwriter, record producer, actress
Labels  Atlantic, Tiny Violet Records
Albums  Different for Girls, Feel Like LA: The Hollywood Collection, Everlasting Road, Falling Off the World
Movies  23rd Psalm: Redemption, The Identical, Wild Sands
Genres  Pop music, Alternative rock
Similar People  Nathan Pacheco, Ender Thomas, Yanni, Chloe, Ric Wake

Associated acts  Peter Cetera, Yanni

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Leslie Mills is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.


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Originally from Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, Mills spent her formative years studying dance, theater and music. She got her start fronting the New York-based band To The Moon Alice with A&M Records before relocating to Nashville to begin her solo career. Mills met her long-time collaborating partner, the Australian writer/producer Chris Pelcer and began writing songs for her solo project along with co-writing the single "Just Like Love" for Peter Cetera, and "Rule The World" for Cetera's album Another Perfect World. Mills also co-wrote the title track and single One Determined Heart for Australian artist Paulini, which debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts and certified platinum by the ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association).

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Mills signed as a writer to Paul McCartney's publishing company MPL and received an Emmy Nomination for the song On My Own. She signed with Atlantic Records, and released her debut album Different for Girls which included producers such as David Kahne, John Shanks, and co-productions by Mills and Pelcer. While signed to Atlantic Records, Mills began to get her songs into film and soundtracks such as What A Girl Wants, White Oleander, and The Powerpuff Girls Movie. She left Atlantic Records, and continued to write songs for television and film while working on her second album Everlasting Road which was released in 2007 (produced by Mills with Pelcer) on her own label Tiny Violet Records.

Other film and TV credits for Mills' songs include Barbie of Swan Lake, My Scene Goes Hollywood, Gray Matters, My Best Friend's Girl, Just My Luck, Las Vegas, Guiding Light.

Work with YANNI: Mills was a featured artist as part of the 2009 Yanni Voices tour of US, Canada, and Mexico. She wrote and recorded for the project with the musical artist Yanni for two years. Four songs featuring Mills are included on the Yanni Voices album Disney Pearl, along with Mills' featured in the PBS special Yanni Voices Live From the Forum in Acapulco which aired in the U.S. in March 2009, with a full-length DVD released in October of the same year. Mills also wrote and performed two songs on Yanni's album Truth of Touch in 2011. She also had songs featured on Yanni's album Sensuous Chill in 2016.

ACTING: Mills returned to pursuing acting in 2010 along with continuing to do music and has been in numerous films since. Her film credits include The Identical starring Ashley Judd, Ray Liotta, and Seth Green, Tunnel Vision starring Cristos, Ion Overman, Scott Haze, and the Indie Award-winning short film "Wild Sands". She appeared in Season 2 of ABC's NASHVILLE, and had a recurring role on Season 6 of Drop Dead Diva on Lifetime in 2015.

Studio albums

  • Different for Girls (2003)
  • Everlasting Road (2007)
  • Falling Off The World (2009)
  • Songs in film

  • "The Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today" "I'll Be Your Star" Written by Leslie Mills, Chris Pelcer, J Bateman, Performed by Macy Kate (2016)
  • You're So Cupid Songs Performed by Leslie Mills: "Higher" (Leslie Mills/Andy West), "Another Side of Me"(Mills/Pelcer), "Danceparty" (Mills/Pelcer) (2010)
  • Barbie and the Three Musketeers Song: "Making My Way" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Chris Pelcer(2009)
  • My Best Friend's Girl Song:"Tell Me You Will" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2008)
  • Live! (2007 film) Song: "Never Leave The Sun" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2007)
  • Just My Luck Song: "All About A Kiss" Performed by Chantal Kreviazuk, Written by Leslie Mills / Chris Pelcer (2006)
  • Outlaw Trail: The Treasure of Butch Cassidy Song: "Away We'll Ride" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2006)
  • Gray Matters Song: "All Kinds of Love" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2006)
  • Everything You Want Song: "Ready To Rain" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2005)
  • My Scene Goes Hollywood Songs: "Feel Like LA" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written & Produced by Mills/Pelcer, "Find The Fun" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written & Produced by Mills/Pelcer, "Starlight" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written & Produced by Mills/Pelcer, "Lucky" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written & Produced by Mills/Pelcer
  • My Scene: Jammin' in Jamaica Song: "Radiowave", Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2004)
  • What A Girl Wants Song: "Good Life" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2003)
  • Barbie of Swan Lake Song: "Wings" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Jason Blume (2003)
  • White Oleander Song: "Good Life" Performed by Leslie Mills, Written by Mills/Pelcer (2002)
  • Songs for television

  • Las Vegas - "Melting" (2007)
  • America's Next Top Model - "Blue" (2010)
  • Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber - "Melting"
  • Beauty and the Beast - "I Will Always Believe"
  • Guiding Light - "On My Own"
  • Guiding Light - "Be My Water"
  • Soundtracks and compilations

  • "Swan Princess: Princess Tomorrow, Pirate Today" (2016)
  • Feel Like LA: The Hollywood Collection (2009)
  • Barbie in A Perfect Christmas Soundtrack (2010)
  • Barbie In A Christmas Carol Soundtrack (2008)
  • Everything You Want Soundtrack (2005)
  • Barbie Sings!: The Princess Movie Songs Collection (2004)
  • What A Girl Wants Soundtrack (2003)
  • Powerpuff Girls: Power Pop (2003)
  • Songs on other albums

  • Yanni's "Sensuous Chill" (2016)
  • Yanni's Truth Of Touch Songs: "Can't Wait" and "Long Way Home" (Instrumental) (2011)
  • Yanni Voices Song: "Before The Night Ends" (2009)
  • Yanni Voices Song: "The Keeper" (2009)
  • Yanni Voices Song: "Never Leave The Sun" (2009)
  • Yanni Voices Song: "Our Days" (2009)
  • Peter Cetera Songs: "Just Like Love" and "Rule The World" (2001)
  • Paulini Song: "One Determined Heart" (Title Track) (2002) (Australia)
  • Steve Nelson Song: "Be My Water" (2002)
  • Shanley Del Song: "The Other Side of Love" (2002) (Australia)
  • Awards and nominations

  • 2002: Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Song, "On My Own" for "Guiding Light" (shared with Brian Siewert)
  • 2013: Tennessee Spirit Award for Short Narrative Film "Wild Sands" starring Leslie Mills, at the Nashville Film Festival
  • References

    Leslie Mills Wikipedia