One of the best aspects of presenting a radio program is the opportunity it gives me to put music lovers and musicians together. I get to hear performers at live gigs or on CD, and say to myself “I think our listeners will enjoy this”. So I take a punt on an artist, play them on radio – and there’s nothing quite so rewarding as the moment the phone rings at the station and someone says “I loved that song”.
I’ve had that experience many times since I started at ABC Far North in 2002, and especially when I’ve played the music of FNQ singer songwriter Leanne Tennant. I first heard of Leanne a few years back, around the time she won the Port Douglas Carnivale songwriters competition. Since then, she’s become a mainstay of the Cairns music scene – she’s one of those performers so at home in front of an audience that neither wants the show to end. She’s an engagingly original singer songwriter, with a very good ear for crowd pleasing covers – and she’s earned the respect and admiration of some big names in the music business – Colin Hay, Bill Chambers, Daryl Brathwaite, Jenny Morris, Jimi Hocking of The Screaming Jets, Ray Beadle, and the McMenamins.
LISTEN here to my interview with Leanne from today’s radio show – she talks about being a new mum, making music, preparing to make a new album and her decision to try crowd sourcing to fund its production.
If you’d like to help Leanne reach her financial target to help the new CD visit her page at Pozible