Brandon Leake
CEO, Spoken Word Poet, Artistic Educator

Brandon Leake

The Founder and CEO of Called To Move – CTM, Brandon Leake, is an artistic visionary whose roots lie in the ghetto’s of south side Stockton, California. Being born and raised to a single parent household with his mother, Carla Leake-Gibson, Brandon was accustomed to the complexities of playing this game of life with the decks stacked against you. However, with a strong home life and some divine intervention Brandon made it out of his neighborhood ghetto into a college classroom. This journey came with its many trials from the loss of integral members of his family and abusive home life, but these trails mixed with this spiritual collegiate journey would soon blossom into a beautiful poetic journey. In 2012 Brandon started Called To Move – CTM at Simpson University with a small group of artists just trying to share their gifts and encourage others to do so, which has lead its way into inspiring others through poetry all across the country. Brandon Leake released a debut album entitled, “In My Thoughts”, which lead him to traveling from Los Angeles to New York and everywhere in between for a year and a half performing his pieces, leading spoken word poetry workshops, and keynote speaking.

Keynote Speaker

Spoken Word Poet

Artistic Educator

Performance History

Nyack University

Simpson University

University of the Pacific

Chico State University

Stanislaus State University

BIOLA University

Delta College

Coastline Community College

Sacramento City College

Modesto Junior College

Shasta College

Edison High School

Chester High School

Lincoln High School

Foothill High School

Mable Baron Elementary School

John Adams Elementary School

San Joaquin Elementary

All America City Conference

BLOCK Conference

REACH Conference

District Youth Conference

REMIIX Conference

STOP the Violence Conference

TRU HOPE Youth Summit

UBSUC Conference

Regional BSU Conference

Youth Equity and Empowerment Conference

Boys To Men Conference

Sac City Talks Conference

2 22 Conference

God Rockz Conference

Northern California Entertainment Music Awards

Black Music Awards: Sacramento

Good Day Sacramento Performance

Bob Hope Theater: Lecrae

A Night of Worship: J Givens

Revive: Sean C Johnson

BLOCK Conference: Dee-1

National Poetry Slam: Oakland

Berkeley Poetry Slam

Sacramento Poetry Slam

Humbolt Poetry Slam

Santa Cruz Poetry Slam

Oakland Poetry Slam

Queen Bean Poetry Slam

Walk Against Suicide: Redding

The way Brandon Leake’s poetry impacted me the most was at the REACH Conference, where I realized that I was not too emotional and I was loved for exactly who I AM. This moment with Brandon was the final push I needed to accept Jesus into my heart.

-Irie Dickerson

Thank you Brandon Leake for inspiring me! This really impacted me and made me change my perspective because I used to think I was going to be what everyone tells me I will be, but now I KNOW I can do anything.

-David G.

Brandon Leake’s poetry brings hope back to Stockton and the culture in general. He leads by example never trying to fit in but always standing out with love and passion he has for what he does. He showed me a lot, to never be ashamed of who you are and always keep God first.

-Kevin Goodwin

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