Must confess that I wasn't all that familiar with the X-Factor, but I was blown away by LeRoy's story and his own career in music that encompasses writing songs for the likes of Elton John and Teddy Pendergrass, along with fronting his own band -- LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends.
If you've got five minutes, you should check out the embedded video below (click here if embed doesn't work) to see a performance and to catch a glimpse of how soulful he is.
At 60, he was the oldest candidate on the X-Factor, and in my opinion, the most down-to-earth and real guy there. Life experience, perhaps yes?! It's evident that LeRoy feels every lyric he belts out, and it was an absolute honor to have the opportunity to spend time with him in his home north of Seattle.
If you're looking for a hot ticket on New Year's Eve, you should check LeRoy out at the Moore Theater. Run by his Twitter page to keep abreast since I suspect you'll be hearing a lot more from him in the coming months. Either way, look for LeRoy in the Seattle Weekly out now!