Leon Smith also known as “Hardio” fell for music and realized his passion for the craft at the tender age of 8 years old. His love for music as a child led him to perform at every school fair and class room gathering with friends. His musical inspirations are Bob Marley, Sizzla, Spragga Benz, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Busy signal.
Leon Smith was born on June 18, 1988 in the community of Franklyn Town, in Kingston 16 area. He is a pass student of Franklyn Town Primary School and Holy Trinity High School. His mother Melody Smith and his nephew is his source of inspiration to become successful in the music business.
Hardio`s career as an artist really began when he started performing his own music at school fairs and barbecues, He entered “The Verdict” Dudley Thomas show on Roots 96.1Fm. Where he was placed second. He has also performed on “The Nation Invasion Tour” and received great feedback on this tour and not to mention the other a host of shows he has performed at.
Hardio is not only blessed with the gift of melody but is gifted in writing his own lyrics that is inspired by his personal life. He desires to spread positive messages through his music to encourage people to not give but work hard to accomplish their dreams and desires in life. And to have fun while doing so.
His hope is to be successful and well known for his music in his country and the rest of the world.