Patrick Leonard is a songwriter, record producer, film composer, and keyboardist. He has sold over a hundred million records, written and/or produced 15 top-five singles, had numerous Grammy nominations, and done many projects of his own.
Leonard started playing piano in 1959 at the age of three. By age 14 he was recording. As a high school student in the Chicago area, until he was asked to leave school at age 16, he played with and wrote for local bands and also spent time in the studio as a session player. In 1977, Leonard went to Los Angeles where he also played with some local bands and did a short stint with Frank Zappa. (Zappa fired him because his sight-reading wasn’t good enough.) When he ran out of money, he went back to Chicago and formed the band Trillion. After Trillion broke up, he played with the Allman Brothers Band and Dicky Betts.
In 1983, he was invited to join Michael Jackson to play keyboards and co-direct the Jackson Victory Tour. In 1984, Madonna saw Leonard performing with Jackson and asked him to be her musical director for her first tour. They began writing together while on the road and Leonard and Madonna performed their first co-write, Love Makes the World Go Round, at Live Aid in July 1985. Together they also wrote Live to Tell and True Blue, and Leonard scored the movie At Close Range.
Leonard is currently working on three original musicals, a solo piano record, and a European tour, as well as writing songs and continuing to make records with a variety of artists. He’s also become more active in film composing and has been putting his energies into education and performing.