As the duo's performance career picked up steam, they were invited to perform in neighboring cities and even make appearances on regional television. Their debut recording, self-produced and sold in the bars where they played, was released in 1984, entitled Hoje Acordei Chorando. With a little money rolling in, the pair made regular trips to the recording studios of São Paulo in hopes of landing a recording contract. Though slow in coming, Leandro y Leonardo released a second album, Contradicoes, in 1986, followed by their breakthrough project, Entre Tapas e Beijos, in 1988. From that time forward the Costa brothers enjoyed a slow and steady climb to the top of the Brazilian music market. Over the course of their recording career together, Leandro y Leonardo sold several million records, participated in a popular weekly TV show, and became the best-known sertaneja duo Brazil had yet known.
Sadly, in 1998 Leandro fell ill from cancer and died a short two months after diagnosis on June 23 of that year. The beloved recording artist was paid tribute by many of his contemporaries, leaving an enormous fan base behind him. Leonardo has continued to record in honor of his lost brother and collaborator, releasing his first record as a solo artist in 1999, entitled Tempo, and many albums in the years since. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez, Rovi