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Singer/Songwriter/Producer Ryan Leslie has always been a do it yourself kind of guy. He’s taking it to a whole new level in his career. Last month he split with his label Universal last month, and is now working to produce his first independent album.

After seeing Ryan’s show live in Hampton earlier this year, I think this is an awesome move for him. It gives him the freedom to be creative, and to really share his gifts through his music. If anything, he’s set himself apart as an artist, because he knows how to uniquely connect with his fans. As a social media entrepreneur through his website ryanleslie.com, he’s built a smart business model to accompany his musical skills.

He played the last of two back-to-back shows at Bowery Ballroom in New York City last night to a sold out crowd (that included legendary actor Denzel Washington)…Check out performance video below.