Paulo Leandro Fernandes Soares, known as Leandro Lehart, is 50 years old, and is an iconic singer, musician and songwriter of the 1990s.
Last week, Leandro was sentenced to more than 9 years in prison for rape and false imprisonment and can appeal in freedom. He denies the charges.
Multi-instrumentalist and self-taught, the artist plays more than 30 instruments and was, for 10 years (in the late 1990s and early 2000s) the largest copyright collector in Brazil.
According to data from Ecadnet, Leandro Lehart has 369 musical works to his name, in addition to 899 phonograms recorded with his voice.
Among the compositions are “Pimpolho”, “Agamamou”, “Hopscotch”, “Irae”, “Telegram”, “Storm” and many other samba and pagode classics that marked the 1990s.
Most of the tracks are part of the repertoire of Art Popular, a group he founded in 1990.
The band soon became one of the biggest samba, pagode and samba-rock groups in the country, boosted by the first hits “O Canto da Razão” and “Utopia”. The two tracks were part of the group’s first album and are also Lehart’s compositions.
Leandro left Art Popular for a few times to dedicate himself to a solo career. His first departure took place in 2001, but he continued to participate in the production of the band’s later works while working on his solo album.
In 2003, he returned to the group, saying goodbye again in 2005, resuming his solo work. In 2017, the singer returned to the group, in which he remains active.
In August, Leandro Lehart was chosen by Disney to compose and produce the song “Zés do Brasil”, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the character Zé Carioca.
In May 2021, Leandro Lehart took over the direction of Centro Cultural São Paulo. Less than a year later, in February 2022, the musician stepped down.
On social media, he published a text stating that he was not happy.
“It was an intense time of many challenges and wonderful experiences, but it was time to leave, I was not happy. The working conditions have become very difficult in the last few months. The lack of dialogue and a clear direction were important for my decision.”
Leandro Lehart, singer and songwriter — Photo: Disclosure