Episode 4: Kim Lesley

Kim Lesley is one of the Fabulous Wealthy Tarts, the backing vocalists on some of Paul Young’s biggest hits from the 1980s. If you’ve heard “Come Back and Stay”, you’ve heard Kim. Besides her decades-long career as a jazz vocalist, she’s also an interfaith minister, a meditation leader at the Ananda Ashram in upstate New York, and a real estate agent in the Hudson Valley.  Hear how an encounter with the Rev. Al Green changed her life.

3 comments on “Episode 4: Kim Lesley

  1. Adam says:

    Kim is a wonderful singer, when she and Maz were with Paul Youngs band they enhanced it. I wish her solo music was available.

  2. Matthew says:

    This is a great find. I really liked everything Kim and Maz did musically, and they just lifted those already great acts they worked with even higher with their wonderful powerful harmonies and those fantastic dance routines! I was a tenor sax player lurking in the northern English foothills of the music business back then and bands such as the Q-tips, Squeeze, and Jools Holland, to name just three of them, were the real business for me. Reverend Kim is truly an inspiration and it’s been wonderful to discover her story and to know she’s still there, doing it like just it should be done!

    1. Lesley Lawton says:

      Just come across your comments about Kim and Maz. Although I have heard Paul Young’s Come Back and Stay many times l only ‘really’ listened to Kim Lesley just this evening. It is a great shame that we didn’t hear much more from her. I have listened to Come Back and Stay about six times tonight just to listen to Kim.

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