an opportunity to meet with the legendary Leon Russell, and I didn't want to go empty
handed. This painting is my tribute to Leon. Most people know of him as an amazing
singer and performer, whose eclectic taste won him fans in all genres. Unbeknownst
to many, is Leon's incredible songwriting talents. VH1 recently declared the
Carpenter's "Superstar" to be one of the "Top 5 Love Songs" ever
made. That song was penned by Leon. George Benson's cover of "This
Masquerade" written by Leon was the first song in music history to occupy the number
one spot on the jazz, pop, and R&B charts. It also won "Record of the Year"
and a Grammy in 1976. Ray Charles covered "A Song For You," and B.B. King
covered "Hummingbird." Leon Russell is pop
music's most anonymous big shot.