Leonard Green Sr. was born in 1953 and raised in the city of Baltimore, Md. He started singing at the age of 10 years old, competing in a number of talent contests, where he usually came in 1st place. He started singing with a local group called The Soul Explosions at the age of 12 years old. His participation in the group was cut short in June 1969 due to being electrocuted while playing on the railroad tracks. The top of his head touched an overhead live wire, sending 11,000 volts of electricity travelling through his young body. It threw him 90 feet in the air in a ball of fire; he hit the ground like a sack of potatoes. He was burned on 95% of his body with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree burns. On the morning of the accident, the doctors told his mother and family that he would not make it through the night. But God had other plans for this young man. After a lengthy hospital stay, where he received over 73 skin graft operations and daily blood transfusions, the family was informed that he might never be able to walk or talk again. However, after years of physical and mental therapy, he is a walking miracle and a living testimony. To this day his experience is chronicled in medical history.
In the year 1973 he started an R&B group called the Saratogas who did well in local bars, nightclubs and stage performances. In 1983, he auditioned for the local R&B group Crosswind and became one of the lead singers. In 1986, Crosswind’s manager, Mr. Vernon Evans, contacted producer Billy Butler to produce four songs that Mr. Butler composed for the group (Get Ready For Love, which Leonard Green sang lead vocals on, We Can Work it Out; lead vocals by Joseph Wiggins, Fire, and No One But You; also led by Joseph Wiggins) which they recorded at Omega Studios in Rockville, MD. One of the songs (Get Ready For Love) was introduced at the Budweiser Fest in1987. The group Crosswind won 1st prize, beating out 250 groups along the East coast. They then received their first single release on Capitol Records. They later released another single from the project (We Can Work It Out). The group had great success in opening for major acts, such as The Temptations, The Ojays, Regina Belle, Jerry Butler, Kool and the Gang, The Delfonics, Shirley Murdock, Marvin Gaye, Betty Wright and many more. They also received a citation from the Mayor of Baltimore, Md., Kurt Schmoke, in 1989 for their community service. The group disbanded in 1993 due to personal struggles within the group.
He moved to Philadelphia, Pa. in 1996 when his life began to change for the better. Leonard dedicated his life to Jesus Christ and began to live for the Glory of God. During this time in his life and due to some personal struggles, Leonard decided to stay in Philadelphia and not return to Baltimore. Later he joined Deliverance Evangelistic Church and became a member of The Men of Praise Choir; which he is a member of to this day. Leonard enjoys singing on this all male choir, singing to the Glory of God. In 2016 he returned to Baltimore, Md. and rejoined the group Crosswind to put together a reunion show. The group began to gain momentum and reconnect with their fans, but tragedy struck once again In July 2018, the group’s 1st tenor, Frederick Gamble, was called home to glory. Leonard was very saddened by this unexpected event. Leonard discussed his concerns often with his current pastor, Rev. L. Jefferson, who always told him God wanted to use him and his gift for His glory and if he put God first, everything else would fall into place. Leonard learned he had a new place in God’s plan. Three weeks after the home going service for the passing of their group member, Producer Billy Butler reached out to him with a song that he and Parris Foster had composed called (He’s My Rock) and told him he wanted him to record the song. After 30 years, we’re back together again. What a blessing.
Since his return to Baltimore this man of God has joined L.O.T.H Ministries as an active member under the leadership of Rev. Lamont Jefferson. He married his lovely wife, Mrs. Charrise Green and is loving his life in Christ. His first single release as a solo artist (He’s My Rock) was recorded at Secret Sound Studio; produced by Billy Butler and Parris Foster. Once again, Leonard is singing to the Glory of God.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY