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Ryan Leslie album cover art | Debut album in stores Feb 10

Ryan Leslie’s long awaited and highly anticipated debut album will be released on February 10, 2009

Check out the official cover art

Ryan Leslie album cover

Also don’t miss the first of 3 videos for Ryan’s new single “The Way It Was Supposed To Be”

Says Ryan:

“How It Was Supposed To Be” is one of the most personal songs on my album and for my live performances, I arranged this guitar driven version to capture the angst and confusion that I was going through when I recorded it. The response was so crazy at my show in Chicago that we played the song twice in a row to an engaged, enthusiastic audience.

Based on this reaction, I decided to record this version and have Guillaume Doubet visually interpret it. Here is the gritty result with Brent Paschke on guitar, Eric Coomes on bass, and Brad Colton on drums.”

Ryan Leslie
Self Titled Debut Album In Stores February 10, 2009
Universal Motown / NextSelection

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Ryan Leslie Takes It Back To The Studio. Debut Album In Stores February 2009

Ryan Leslie Takes It Back To The Studio. Debut Album In Stores February ’09

Watch video of Ryan in the studio refining the music for his self-titled debut album

What Ryan has to say about returning to the studio:

“After many of my songs began to leak into the blogosphere, I decided to go back into the studio and add a few elements to make the album versions of the records special. This clip opens with me playing back an extended instrumental arrangement of I-R-I-N-A with some overdubs by my man Jermaine on drums and Al on bass.

Inspired, I decided to re-visit one of my favorite songs called ‘Just Right’. Here’s a look at that session. I had to rebuild it from scratch as one of my hard drives had crashed and many sessions had been lost. I love the new elements, and here’s to you loving them too… ”

Don’t miss the alternate version of Ryan’s new music video for “Addiction” featuring Fabolous & Cassie

Ryan Leslie
Self Titled Debut Album In Stores February ’09
Universal Motown / NextSelection