New York City, New York
Bob Leone is a renowned music manager and talent scout from New York City, New York. He is credited for discovering Lady Gaga and Lana Del Rey in 2006.
On January 31, 2006, Lana (then performing as May Jailer) was attending a performance at The Bitter End when she noticed many singers & songwriters talking to Leone. She approached him, unaware of who he was, and the two became quickly acquainted after their breif conversation and a game of monopoly in which Lana won. Two weeks later, the two met and she performed for him. He was impressed with both her her voice and her songwriting.
After hearing her perform, he invited her to a 10-week writing camp sponsored by the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame (SHOF) from April to June, 2006. She could not afford the $250 fee, so he covered her. At the end of the camp, she was chosen by Leone to be one of eight songwriters featured at the SHOF New Artists Showcase on June 22, 2006. He encouraged her to begin performing in small clubs, and soon she was performing at various New York venues. He also invited her to perform at a songwriter's organization gathering on April 6, 2007.
The two have kept in contact since Lana has gained success. The two regularly have dinner and discuss where she is headed.
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