Lebrado Wilson, aka Lebrado, is a native of the Charlotte suburb of Wingate, North Carolina. Lebrado made his musical debut as a back-up singer on the single “Suicide” by Jodeci from their 2000 album, X.
The members of Jodeci, Cedric “K-Ci” Hailey and his brother Joel “JoJo” Hailey (who went on to perform as the duo K-Ci & JoJo), are Lebrado’s older brothers.
Lebrado’s first turn as a solo artist occurred after meeting Atlanta-based producer Bruce Billups and Southern Soul singer Theodis Ealey. “I’m Missing You, Babe,” his first single, appeared on the Ifgam sampler, Let Me Put The Head In It, with a number of other artists in 2006.
Ealey, whose X-rated title tune anchored the album, also contributed guitar work on Lebrado’s “I’m Missing You, Babe.” Billups produced.
The same year, Ealey’s label Ifgam (the acronym is an abbreviation for “I Feel Good About Myself”) published Lebrado’s debut album, Try Me, which featured “I’m Missing You, Babe” in addition to the singles “Coffee,” “Let Me Be Your Daddy,” “Dancin'” and “Come Back Home,” all of which received favorable notice and air play throughout the Stations of the Deep South.
Fire, Lebrado’s second CD, was released in 2009 on the indie label Makes Cents/Majama Entertainment. K-Ci joined Lebrado on the title tune.
Fire also showcased the uptempo ballad “You’re So Sexy” and the Zydeco-influenced “Lebrado Like It Like That,” both of which joined “Fire” as staples on Southern Soul stations in 2009.