Tasha Cobbs Leonard
Lift Every Voice And Sing
Quick facts about Tasha Cobbs Leonard
PLACE OF ORIGIN
Tasha Cobbs Leonard was born and raised in Jesup, Georgia. Tasha first started singing and worshipping with her cousins from a young age. Her mother also listened to a lot of worship, southern gospel, and country music around their home, which had a huge influence on Tasha’s tastes. In Jesup, she started leading worship at Jesup New Life Ministries which had been founded by her father, Bishop Fritz Cobbs.
In 2006, Tasha explains that God told her to move to Atlanta. Her father found her a few hours later and confirmed His word. Immediately Tasha set off and relocated to pursue the path that God had set out for her. In Atlanta, Tasha attended a service at the dReam Center church of ATLANTA and ended up becoming the ministry’s first official partner. She ended up going on a three-year-long tour around America as a backup singer for Pastor William H. Murphy III. It was with his guidance that she decided to pursue her own career in the Christian music industry.
Tasha’s Music Career
In 2010, Natasha independently released her debut album, ‘Smile.’ Then, in early 2013, she signed with EMI and released her first major-label EP titled ‘Grace.’ The EP went on to top Billboard’s gospel chart and even made it to No. 61 on the mainstream pop chart. The lead single, “Break Every Chain” was incredibly successful, earning Tasha her first Grammy Award. In 2015, Tasha released ‘One Place: Live,’ her first live album. It was recorded at the Redemption Church in Greenville, South Carolina. The album was an even bigger success than Grace, once again topping Billboard’s gospel charts and reaching No. 28 on the Top 200.
In 2017, Natasha got married to music producer, Kenneth Leonard and released her fourth album just a few months later. The album, ‘Heart. Passion. Pursuit.’ featured several gospel and contemporary Christian music artists including Anna Golden and Kierra Sheard. It also had an appearance from star rapper, Nicki Minaj. In 2018, Tasha released a live version of ‘Heart. Passion. Pursuit.’ which was recorded at Passion City Church in Atlanta. In 2019, Tasha released a live version of her debut album, ‘Smile,’ as a nod to her musical roots and to show how far she had come in her career. In 2020, she released an EP titled, ‘Intercession’ that featured four songs. However, her next major album success would come later that year.
“I have to keep believing. All I have to depend on, to lean on, is my faith.”
A Battle with Depression
In 2016, Natasha revealed that she had been diagnosed with depression in 2007. She explains that for a long time she felt as though something was wrong with her and had a lot of negative internal dialogue. She felt stuck and so incredibly sad all of the time. Then, something within her urged her to do something about what she was feeling and sought out therapy where she received a diagnosis of depression.
Initially, Tasha felt strange, because talking about going to therapy and about mental health wasn’t something that happened in church. She had told a couple of her close friends and family who had been supportive of her. However, this led to a realisation that other people were probably suffering with the same feelings as she was but don’t have the same support systems as she did. She wants to make going to therapy a more spoken about topic. For Natasha, therapy helped bring awareness to what she was feeling and showed her the places she needed healing, and then she was able to heal those places through prayer and God.
Relationship with God
Natasha’s life has been filled with a belief in the grace of God. She wants to share her love for Him with others through her music and ministry. She believes that He has been able to help her through every difficult situation she has faced in her life and is incredibly thankful to Him for it.
Most Recent Release
Tasha Cobbs Leonard’s most recent album was her 2020 release of ‘Royalty: Live at the Ryman.’ The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. It includes 17 tracks of a mixture of Tasha’s country and gospel roots and is what Tasha considers to be her “most mature and vulnerable project” so far. The album went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award and one of the album’s songs, “In Spite of Me” became a hit on gospel radio.