Where it all began
Nadjé Leslie was born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica and thanks her parents for getting her started on the violin at 7 years old. She has trained with Paulette Bellamy and Dr. Lisa Walker since then.
Nadjé fell in love with performing at a young age having been exposed and trained in dance, drama and of course, music.
Nadjé is undoubtedly one of Jamaica’s most outstanding young musicians advancing to the World Stage in 2006 after winning the enviable title “Junior Instrumental Grand Champion of the World” in Hollywood, California. During the competition she received gold medals and a special Industry award.
She was crowned National Instrumental Champion in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival after being awarded several gold medals. (2006)
Nadjé was also awarded the Prime Minister’s Youth In Excellence Award and the Kiwanis Youth In Excellence Award in succeeding years.
From Jamaica to NYC
Nadjé has recorded two albums to date:
Nadjé, Violin Girl In Jamaica vol.1 (2007) and Christmas Is Here (2015)
She has performed for several heads of state including Prince Charles and Prince Harry on their visits to Jamaica. She continues to mesmerize audiences with her outstanding talent as she effortlessly plays on many contemporary rhythms, from the hypnotic reggae, smooth jazz and classical idioms to thrill audiences all over the world.
After receiving a distinction in violin from the Trinity College, London Associate exam Nadjé earned a full scholarship to pursue her Bachelor of Music Degree in New York.
Most recently awarded the Under 40 Achievement Award by UJAA (Union of Jamaica Alumni Association) and honored by New York’s Wake Up Radio for “outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry.”
A few Notable Performances:
Guest performer – BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY (July, 2016)
• Guest performer – BB Kings Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY (December, 2016)
• New York Marriott Hotel, Jamaica Independence Ball, New York Marriott Hotel, New York, NY (August, 2014)
• CHASE Scholarship Featured Performer, Pegasus Hotel, Kingston Jamaica (July, 2014)
• Celebrity Charity Event for the STEP Centre, Jamaica with internationally acclaimed singer, Nicole Henry. Pegasus Hotel (October, 2013)
• Featured performer – The Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for service to Jamaica, Pegasus Hotel (July 31st, 2013)
• Featured performer – Grand Gala, 50th Anniversary celebration, Jamaica National Stadium (August, 2012)
• Featured performer – Prince Harry Royal visit to Jamaica, King’s House, Kingston, Jamaica (March 2012)
• Featured performer – Prince Harry Royal visit to Jamaica, Montego Bay, Jamaica (March 2012)
• Guest performer – Celebrity Wedding – Sean Paul and Jinx, Jamaica (2012)
• Featured performer – University of Technology, Tribute To Women In Jamaican Music, (2012)
• Featured performer – Jamaica 50th anniversary celebration, National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica (2012)
• Guest performer on tour, Havana, Cuba (2010)
• Featured performer – Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall Royal Visit to Jamaica (2008)
• Guest Performer, Jerk Fest, South Florida, (September, 2007)
• Guest performer – Air Jamaica Launch Event, Hollywood, CA – (2007)
• Featured performer – Carifesta IX, Trinidad and Tobago (2006)
• Soloist with the Jamaica Symphony Orchestra
• Concertmaster Hunter Symphony
• National Prayer Breakfast, Kingston, Jamaica (multiple years)
• Featured performer – European Ambassador’s private residence
Discover my music, my inspirations
“Music is my heart’s passion! My release & happy place. No matter how many other things I enjoy doing, nothing compares to the feeling of being on stage… the adrenaline rush, the lights – NOTHING LIKE IT! There are defining moments in each person’s life that I believe shape our destiny. For me, the first time I got on stage with my violin to a captivated audience directed my journey to where I am today! I look forward to releasing more great music, collaborating with other talents and entertaining audiences doing what I LOVE!” -Nadjé
« Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent »
– Victor Hugo