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Leland Hicks is an avid musician, active in the music industry as a guitarist, arranger, performer, and producer.  As a lead guitarist, he has performed on three continents, produced numerous albums, played, opened for and/or recorded with world-renowned artists and producers and continues to advise emerging talent groups on web strategy, musicology and performance. Leland has also acted as a consultant on music projects in the United States and for the Bermuda Government.

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Leland began his musical career as a guitarist in Los Angeles, California, winning several battle-of- the-bands contests with various high school musicians.  These early successes gave way to Leland forming his first band, "The Modern Moods" which recorded a single, "Jazz on a Black Sunday", which subsequently provided increased visibility for the band.  The Modern Moods enjoyed performing live engagements throughout the Los Angeles metro area, including performing for the Governor at a local car show.

After attending UCSB, Leland was tapped by Sherman McKinney III, a prodigy bass player from his high school, to sojourn to the East Coast of the United States to pursue working the club circuit.  Hence the group, "Candy Coated People" was formed,  became managed by Herbert Harris, and was elevated to performing at places like Columbia University.   During this period, Leland began his next phase of recording in New York, performing on various sessions for various Atlantic Records producers.

Leland's career took a turn when Phil Flower's manager, Ron Schfrin, came to see the act, "Bonnie Floyd & the Untouchables" perform at the Copa Cabanna in New York, of which Leland was the guitarist.  Mr. Schfrin was  so impressed with Leland's performance, he offered Leland a job as lead guitarist with the Phil Flowers Show.  As guitarist and eventually band leader for the Phil Flowers Show, Leland traveled to many hot tourist destinations, including Bermuda and other islands.

Leland's love for the island life lured him away from the Phil Flowers Show and he began the next phase of his musical career in Bermuda where he lived and performed with many island musicians covering two decades.

During this period in Bermuda, Leland was chosen as the guitarist for a recording entity aptly named, "The Group Bermuda" which opened for Tavares, Wild Cherry, Richie Havens, Al Green and other notable industry icons

Leland became a recording producer and produced many projects while in Bermuda and spent over 2000 hours in Bermuda Sound Recording Studios under the instruction of the late Ian Marshall, engineer.

Leland currently resides in Stone Mountain, GA and is pursuing the emergence of his new jazz band , "SWOO."