One of the best things about making radio is putting 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, Leanne has 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. 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 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.