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Leah Labelle Vladowski

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Leah Labelle Vladowski

Leah Labelle Vladowski was born September 8, 1986 and passed away to be with her loving God on January 31, 2018. Leah and her boyfriend, Rasual Butler, died in a tragic auto accident in Studio City, California. She was the only child of Anastasia (Sia) and Troshan Vladowski, prominent professional singers and entertainers in Bulgaria and Eastern Europe during the 1970s. They defected from communist Bulgaria in 1979, immigrating initially to Canada, where Leah was born and then to America, becoming naturalized citizens of both countries.

Leah graduated from Garfield High School in 2005, where she was an active performer in the jazz band under the guidance of the legendary Clarence Acox and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston. She loved music, singing from a very early age and diligently pursued her lifelong dream to become a successful professional singer and entertainer. Leah began singing and dancing publicly in 1990, but marked 1993 as the start of her music career and soon began winning many awards including WA State Pre-teen Miss American Coed Pageant Talent Competition and 1st runner-up in Talent at the National Pageant. In 1998 she joined the Total Experience Gospel Choir and was part of the Black Nativity musical for 5 years under the invaluable mentoring of Ms. Pat Wright. In 2000 Leah was part of the WAM Network children's reality show Caught in the Middle for 2 years. In 2002 Leah won the Grand Prize at KUBE 93.3 Summer Jam Idol and performed the opening act at Summer Jam 20.

Leah gained national recognition in becoming a top 12 finalist in season 3 of American Idol at the young age of 17 and while still a senior at Garfield High School, where she was also the Homecoming Queen. She was the American Idol wild-card selection by Judge Paula Abdul. Leah's rendition of "Betcha by Golly, Wow" was included in the Season 3 Idol Album: Greatest Soul Classics. Back home Leah sang the National Anthem for Seahawks and Sonics games and she performed at Quincy Jones 75th birthday celebration in Seattle.

After Idol Leah graduated from High School and in 2005 collaborated and sang "Christmas Time" on the "Christmas in the Northwest" album. Over several years Leah continued her professional career as background vocalist for several well-known performing artists, including Keri Hilson, Jordin Sparks, Jonas Brothers, Britney Spears, Robin Thicke, and Eric Benet. In 2011 Leah signed a joint deal with L.A. Reid and Epic Records, Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings and Pharrell William's new label iamOther. Her first song "Sexify" was released in 2012 under the stage name of "Leah Labelle" and the music video premiered on MTV.com with Cosmopolitan Magazine giving away free MP3 downloads to new subscribers. The video featured cameo appearances from Dupri, Pharrell and good friend and singer / actress JoJo. Leah's second song / video release by Epic records was "Lolita", which ranked number 7 on the Dance Club Songs Billboard chart in the U.S. Leah was a Soul Train Award recipient winning the 2012 Centric Soul Train Award. That same year, she also was given a coveted performance slot on the nationally televised award show where she tore the house down with her powerful vocals and magnetic stage presence. As a solo artist, Leah performed on sold out festivals & tours around the world from Hong Kong to Spain to a packed house at the Essence Music festival in New Orleans.

Leah had empathy for others and was well respected and loved by everyone she met. She was such a bright light that touched many lives with her voice and spirit. She believed in her creator and loved God, going to church and sharing the messages from the sermons of her Pastor Tour Roberts at Pottershouse One in LA. Leah always wanted to make her mother proud and they had a very close special bond of love as Mother and Daughter.

We lost you too soon Leah, but we take comfort in knowing God has saved a special place eternally for you in heaven. We love you so much and will forever miss you being among us, but your voice and songs will be forever.

RIP Leah.

Leah is survived by her mother Sia Vladowski, father Troshan Vladowski, stepfather Kent L. Johnson, relatives and many very close special friends that were like sisters and brothers to her, two God-Children Prince Darren Witcher and Marley Elle Williams.

A Celebration of Life for Leah will

be conducted on Saturday

February 24, 1:30 p.m. at the

Quincy Jones Performing Arts Center at Garfield High School, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, WA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garfield Jazz Foundation, 2424 Madison St, #206, Seattle, WA 98112-5483.

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Published in The Seattle Times on Feb. 11, 2018
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