Leaf’s style screams of her California roots: tights, Chucks, and ripped jean skirts. Her songwriting bares her soul and knows no pretenses. Her voice bends notes without breaking them. Like the scat of a jazz singer with the abandon of a rock chick, she and her acoustic guitar have both electrified and soothed fans and first-time listeners. The daughter of an independent filmmaker, Francisco Toscano, and child- star Alison Mills, cast member of 1960’s sitcom “Julia’ and an A&M Recording artists, Leaf is a product of success, destined to be the artist of her time.
She began playing the guitar at age four and at twelve years old entered her first talent contest whose audience mercilessly booed her off stage. Crying and devastated, her father motivated her to “Get back out there and sing another song.” Courageously, she did, and acquired a new sense of empowerment and learned the important lesson of perseverance. Leaf kept going and by the time she was in high school, recorded and independently released her first solo album affectionately called, “Seventeen” and co-wrote the theme song, with her mother, to her parents’ film “Virgin Again,” shown at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.
As an Athletic Director’s Honor Roll student at Syracuse University, Leaf could be found playing her own instrumental version of the National Anthem before competing in basketball games and writing songs on the tour bus. After acquiring a degree in Communications with a minor in Music Industry, Leaf returned to Los Angeles, where she opened up for Stevie Wonder and landed a performance role on an NAACP and SHINE AWARD nominated episode of The CW’s “Girlfriends,” alongside Saul Williams and Common. She’s also shared the stage with Roy Ayers, Arrested Development and Dionne Farris.
After the passing of her father, Leaf found her way to Atlanta and in 2008 she recorded and released an EP entitled “Leaf Cool Eclectic,” which continues to be licensed to major networks and websites including HGTV and Oprah.com. Just months following the release, at the behest of her older brother, Leaf dropped in on an audition, for BET’s talent contest Reality Show “Welcome to Dreamland,” starring producers Drumma Boy, Jazze Phae and recording artist Vawn. Millions of fans stayed glued to their TV sets for six weeks and cheered as Leaf was crowned the winner and “Queen of Dreamland.” Leaf is presently, in the studio recording her next project and establishing her youth empowering non-profit the “Grow Foundation.”