Amália Leandro, a.k.a. DJ Amália, has been a DJ/songwriter/spoken word artist for over 13 years, spinning in Miami, New York City, Toronto, Montréal, London, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dertroit, Acapulco, Dominican Republic, Ibiza, France, Portugal, and Italy. Her latest releases are “Lost 4 Days” by Sandy Rivera and C. Castel featuring Amália Leandro, and “Piece of You” by Juan Gmoney Jaramillo and Amália. Leandro. Both featured by Grammy award winning Producer/DJ Roger Sanchez on his Release Yourself radio show. The vocals on both tracks are written and performed by Amália. Over the past couple years she DJ’d for the “National Ballet of Canada” 60th Anniversary party and for the “Fashion Television” 25th Anniversary party, and the “So You Think You Can Dance” Canada wrap party in Toronto for her client at CTV Television, for 2 years in a row.
Amália is a DJ, and songwriter based In Miami Beach, where she is also a resident DJ at Hightbar at The Dream Hotel. In Miami, she has made appearances at Chalk, The Delano Hotel, The Fontainebleau Hotel, ARKADIA, SET, TANTRA, La Piaggia, Nikki Beach, MEKKA, Aero Bar, The Angler's Boutique Resort, The Gansevoort Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental, Voyage, Dek 23, Halo, Nocturnal, The Sagamore, Segafredo, Grass, Karu & Y, Space, Crobar, Mansion, Buck 15, Score, Amika, Envy, Nerve, Blue, Cafeteria, Pearl, Touch, Lola, as well as many private events. Amália was featured in the Ocean Drive Magazine October 2004, Beach Patrol section, as one of "The people who make Miami". She was also on the cover of The Miami New Times, May 6-12 2004, where she appears as one of Miami's tech-house djs.
She played for The Recording Academy's 2005 holiday party @ Shine. And Winter Music Conference, March 2005, Amália played the opening set for NYC's legendary Junior Vasquez, for Michael Tronn's "Anthem" at Mansion. As an "Anthem" resident in 2004 she played along with Peter Rauhofer (also at Crobar NYC for an Armani Exchange event), and in 2003 with Victor Calderone both for Michael Tronn's "Anthem" party, "Little" Louis Vega for the MTV Latino Awards 2003 after party, (both events were at Crobar, Miami). As well as Sandra Collins at Nerve, Miami Beach. Amália, played the closing set after Dj Rap at Crobar NYC, and at Crobar Miami she played along with DJ/Producer Ralph Falcon, as well as rocking the Space Miami patio!
Amália has donated her talent to causes such as, "The Susan G Komen for the cure" in 2008, and she Dj'd The Blacks' Annual Gala Feb. 2005, hosted by Lea and Roy Black, benefiting Bay Point Schools, where she played the opening set for Jon Secada, and at Amika for the Nov.2004 White Party benefiting Care Resource. In March 2003, Amália Dj'd (and compiled a CD) for the charity event, Of Hope, Courage and Justice: A Global Mosaic of Women In Human Rights, amongst others. She has also had several shows showcasing her other passion, painting.
Amália was born in Toronto, Canada to a Portuguese family and her passion for records started early, as her father’s collection of LP's and 45's were some of her first toys! She was first introduced to House music at the age of 16, by way of late night radio shows and warehouse parties in Toronto, such as the Twilight Zone, 23 Hop and countless others. She spent some time in New York City in the early nineties, where she quickly found her way into the underground House music scene. While in NYC, she attended acting classes and frequented parties at legendary dance clubs such as Save the Robots, Club USA, Nells and Sound Factory. After about a year in NYC, she decided to return to Canada.
While pursuing acting and modeling, Amália was constantly surrounding herself with DJs, producers and promoters. She whole-heartedly supported and promoted local clubs and parties like the legendary Industry nightclub, the infamous Toronto summer boat cruises, as well as hosting several after hours where you could find DJ's like Toronto's Kenny Glasgow and NYC's DJ Romaine spinning in her living room. With all of this musical energy and passion for House music, she began to transform her poetry writing into song lyrics. During a stay in London, England in the spring of 1999, Amália decided to put over a decade of clubbing to good use. She began collecting her first House records and learning the art of mixing. By the end of that summer she had gone back to New York City and by winter 99/00 was working in the studio with House music DJ/Producer Sandy Rivera of KOT (she co-wrote the lyrics for "I Wanna Dance with You", which was released on Central Park Records in spring of 2000), and also co-writing lyrics with DJ/Producer Angel Moraes ("Dreaming of you").
Her gypsy-like nature eventually brought her to Miami. Influenced by DJ's like Roger Sanchez, Ceven Fisher, Green Velvet and Danny Tenaglia, the scene welcomed her deep, tribal, tech-house sound. Amália was featured in the July 2001 issue of VIBE magazine in a story about female DJs during Miami Winter Music Conference. That same year, she went to Ibiza where she played a set at Cafe Mambo for Roger Sanchez's, Release Yourself pre-party.
Her past releases included, "Dreaming of You" (Re-mixed by KOT) co-written by Amália on Sandy Rivera's Aurei Records, and "Closer / Live 2XS" Feat. Amália on Stickman Records. The Cd released in 2004, Buzzin'fly Volume 1 complied and mixed by Ben Watt includes the track "Dreaming of You". Motivacao Featuring Amália on Mixed Signals Music,"Nao Esqueca-se" (Don't Forget), was featured on one of Roger Sanchez's 2004 radio shows (releaseyourself.com). "Make Love To The Music" AB feat. Amália was #1 on the Beatport chart for months, and DJ Wady feat. Amália " I Like To Watch" has been remixed by several Also, Motivacao Featuring Amália remixes - Don't Forget .