Please meet Leanne Tennant

"Right from the haunting acapella intro, Leanne Tennant's commandingly haunting vocals latch on. "Gentle Annie" — the first track lifted from her forthcoming second album, Red Wine, Late Nights — teasingly edges towards complete collapse or euphoric explosion (dependent on your own perspective), as Tennant slowly succumbs to the soulful darkness of her late-night world." - ROLLING STONE

Leanne Tennant is currently nominated for a Queensland Music Award for an unreleased track form the forthcoming album.  The album will be released later this year, and the first single set to be released in March, thanks to being awarded the prestigious Carol Lloyd Award, offering her $15'000 to record a new body of work .  Her live performances are receiving praise from the Courier Mail,, and audiences throughout Australia.  She has received 2 x Qld Music Awards for tracks Gentle Annie and Bearing the Crown in best Blues & Roots, along with several nominations including 'Song of the Year', she has scored official rotation on Double J and inclusion in the Triple Z Hot 100 2 x consecutive years.  Leanne Tennant has received various nominations including 'Australian Artist of the Year' - AU Review,  the Grant McLennan Fellowship and received a mentorship with Kram from iconic Australian rock band, Spiderbait.  Her current album RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS saw Tennant selling out a string of shows last year and has been receiving huge praise from The Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail, and Rollingstone.  Tennants alternative Blues style has received support from radio across the country along with being added to rotation on American music video channel ZUUS Media and aired on BBC Radio, RAGE and MTV and a PBS fm Featured album.

"Hearing her, without having seen her live, you can imagine she's standing there like Big Mama Thornton, with a guitar pointed at you and a no-nonsense attitude." - THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD

Leanne has toured the country and has shared the stage with artists including Cold Chisel, The Basics, Emma Louise, Ash Grunwald, Katie Noonan and more, and has spent the last two years fiercely growing as an artist which is evident in her latest release, RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS.  

The record is full of ‘real moments’, which have been beautifully captured by Brisbane producer, Jamie Trevaskis, the man behind the sound of Robert Forsters new album (The Go-Betweens), in his all-analog studio in Mt. Nebo.  Tennant worked with musicians including Ben Ely (Regurgitator), Ben Carstens (Mexico City), and Jamie Trevaskis himself to bring together a truly unique, dark and untouched record.  The songs were recorded live in one-take and are full of real emotion.

The collection of songs has a beautifully dark element and are refreshingly honest thanks to Jamie Trevaskis’ passion in capturing a moment.
RED WINE, LATE NIGHTS is a raw and wonderfully revealing album.

See preview - 'GENTLE ANNIE' with glowing reviews from Rolling Stone

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“Songs inspired by a Hollywood movie about a nymphomaniac that was named after a 1927 Blind Lemon Jefferson blues number. What’s not to get excited about?”  Rhythms Magazine

While roots music is a serious growth area, the darker, starker end of it doesn't get anywhere near as much attention. That less visited territory is where you'll find the likes of our own Jess Ribeiro, American Rhiannon Giddens and another local, Leanne Tennant, whose stripped back to simple album offers an interesting example of trade-offs. It's true that Tennant's songs aren't as powerful as Giddens, who also packs the bigger voice, but Tennant has something the American doesn't do: emotional empathy. The Australian gets you inside her songs more effectively and moves you far more. On the other side, while Ribeiro can be emotionally devastating with little or no ostentation, Tennant quietly works the low ground between a kind of Big Mama Thornton blues and the workhouse" - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD  - Bernard Zuel

Her strong smoldering vocals belie her relatively tender age, and the album title sums up the word her music evokes, as the listener is teleported to a late-night smoky blues bar.  At only seven tracks, this promising homegrown talent is obviously going for quality over quantity - THE COURIER MAIL - John O'Brien

" Bearing the Crown is a sweet slice of galloping folk music" - Dom Alessio, Home & Hosed
- "Really nice melodies" - KLP, House Party

"LEANNE TENNANT is one of the most authentic artists that I have worked within a very long time.  Bearing The Crown taking out the Queensland Music Award is only the tip of the iceberg for Leanne.  She is going to be sending shivers up our backs for many years to come."  GRAHAM ASHTON - Footstomp Music - Director - 2015

“As Leanne begins a softly-hummed and improvised vocal, the audience falls silent, a breeze blows off the waters of the inlet and down the path. 
And in that moment she has calmed the savagery of the morning and somehow created a true – if temporary – paradise” -  Cameron Fergus, Great Ocean Quarterly Magazine - 2015



- “One of the best aspects of presenting a radio program is the opportunity it gives me to put music lovers

and musicians together and thereʼs nothing quite so rewarding as the moment the phone rings at the

station and someone says, “I loved that song.” Iʼve had that experience many times when Iʼve 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, sheʼs become a mainstay of the

Cairns music scene - sheʼs one of those performers so at home in front of an audience that neither wants

the show to end. Sheʼs an engagingly original singer songwriter, with a very good ear for crowd pleasing

covers – and sheʼs 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.” - Richard Dinnen, ABC Far North Radio &


-"We called into the ʻ12 barʼ during the Cairns blues festival. It was an incredible scene with a rocking

band fronted by a sassy rockabilly gal called Leanne Tennant. She had the crowd eating out of her hand,

and within minutes so were we!" - Jimi Hocking (the Screaming Jets & Jimi Hocking aka Jimi the



-“Leanne Tennant is a serious Australian talent. Her lyrics express exactly what she feels and she sings with

a unique voice that immediately grabs your attention. Listening to her E.P., “Are You There?” has made me

a true believer.” - Bill Chambers The Hillbillykillers (and father to Kasey Chambers)





  • Winner of Carol Lloyd Award - $15'000 - 2018
  • Winner of Qld Music Award - Blues & Roots for track GENTLE ANNIE - 2017
  • Triple Z - Hot 100 (2017)
  • Mentorship w/ Kram - Spiderbait - 2017
  • Red Deer festival - 2017
  • Nominated for the Grant McLennan FellowshipNominated for 3 x Qld Music Awards
  • Double J Rotation - 2016
  • Rolling Stone Premiere - 2016
  • Sydney Morning Herald, The Courier Mail reviews - 2016
  • RAGE premiere - 2016
  • Billy Thorpe Scholarship Nomination - 2016
  • Triple Z - Hot 100 - 2016
  • Invited to showcase BIGSOUND, Red Deer Festival, Sydney Blues & Roots - 2016
  • Awarded Contemporary Touring Grant, Australia Council - 2016
  • Support on the Cold Chisel tour - 2015
  • Support on the Ash Grunwald tour - 2015
  • Invited to showcase at JB Arts Festival, Malaysia - 2015
  • Qld Music Award - 2015
  • The Triffid Roots, presented by Sarah Howells - 2015
  • Support to the Audreys - 2015
  • Being reviewed by Rhythms Magazine - 2015
  • Triple J support - 2014 ongoing
  • Added to Triple J Unearthed rotation - 2014
  • Sofar Sounds Sydney - 2014
  • Crowd funding campaign to fund Pull Up Your Britches - 2014
  • Pull Up Your Britches launch @ Tanks Arts Centre - 2014
  • Awarded RADF grant 
  • Cairns Blues Festival with Hatz & Cara - 2013
  • "Up Late" with You Am I @ Tanks Arts Centre - 2013
  • The QMusic Round & Round, Up & Down tour - 2013
  • Cairns Festival - 2012 / 2013 / 2014
  • Support Colin Hay "Men At Work" - 2012