Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner
" After a lot of discussion, the final winner was chosen as Leoni Jane Kennedy for her unique and beautiful artistry that both Roger and Brian felt was a perfect fit for Freddie’s memory. "
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" The first time I recorded Leoni she was singing and playing acoustic guitar in a lecture. I was blown away with her performance and the quality of her material. Subsequently I asked if she had a band and if so, would she like to do a day in the studio. The outcome was sensational. In just six hours we cut this album!
All the tracks here are live ensemble performances! "
- John Gallen -
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On the 5th December 2020, the anniversary of 'Mona Bone Jakon' and 'Tea for the Tillerman' by the famous Cat Stevens were celebrated with an online festival. The line up presented the likes of James Morrison, HAIM, Passenger and many more well known acts including Leoni Jane Kennedy. All songs performed were re-imagined covers of Cat Stevens' songs over the years!
The festival went down a storm and brought all of these musicians together during what has proven to be a difficult time for all artists that continue affected by the COVID 19 pandemic. You can find Leoni's performance HERE or to see the full concert follow the link below.
The Freddie Mercury Scholarship was awarded to Leoni in 2018 which allowed her to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. After 2 years of working hard on the Creative Artist course, Leoni has gone on to achieve a 1st class Honours in the Music Industry Practise degree!
The dissertation subject was written in honour of Neil Peart who sadly passed away during the start of 2020 - Leoni wanted to conclude her university journey in a meaningful way, and what better way than to dedicate a whole study on well known drummer for progressive rock band, Rush. Neil was a huge influence Leoni's work and his lyrics often guided her as person, therefore getting a 1st was a huge achievement and also meant the scholarship was used to it's fullest!
Read more about the scholarship award
September 2019, Leoni supported Blues award winners Catfifsh at The Electric Theatre... This gig was recorded and will be made into a live DVD.
The amplification she used on this night was also used by Pete Townshend of The Who at the 2012 Olympic Games - Courtesy of friend and amp guru, Jesse Hoff of Lazy J amplification.
I met Leoni at a gig in Surrey…and it was she who initiated the contact. The next day, at another gig, she was there again. And after that I could not really remember a time that she hadn’t been in my life. She is that kind of person…an old, soulful soul….she connects, and she leaves an impression.
I’ve seen Leoni play solo, acoustic, and with her band…and there is a delicate depth in her delivery that is so fragile and so strong…it’s beautiful! One particular gig stands out…LJK was supporting Catfish at the Electric Theatre in Guildford.
She’d asked me if I could lend her an amp. Well, I’ve got amps…
Roll back to 2012…The Who were closing out the London Olympics. By that time, Pete Townshend had been using Lazy J amps for a couple of years. Seeing my amps there on the stage at the Closing Ceremony had been a moving moment in my life. As it happens, I own the extension cab PT was using that night. And I thought that cab, along with Bobby B’s J10 would be the perfect combination for Leoni’s gig at the Electric Theatre.
So... after its last outing at the London Olympics in the summer of 2012... in Guildford, in the summer of 2019...
Leoni Jane Kennedy was rocking it at the Electric Theatre. And what can I say…It was perfect!!
- Jesse Hoff, Lazy J Amplification -
October 2019, Leoni played her first set at London's most popular music networking event - BBC Introducing LIVE at Tobacco Docks.
She got the chance to perform on the ACM stage in front of industry professionals and met some awesome up and coming artists.
May 2019, Leoni travelled to the PRS Europe Headquarters in Cambridge to record some songs and to do an interview with Ace from Skunk Anansie.
She got to meet the PRS team and see the workshop filled with hundreds of guitars in the making, as well as recieving a goody bag filled with PRS gear! Check out Leoni's live session here -
October 2018, Leoni landed an endorsement with pedal legends BOSS whilst backstage at a KT Tunstall gig with the Boss and Roland crew....
A year later, Leoni and her band along with up and coming teen country artist, Josh Gleaves, SUPPORTED KT Tunstall at Wembley Park for International busking day!
(L to R) - Josh, KT, James, Will, Leoni
June 2017, Leoni wrote a song called 'Look To The Future' for the 2017 BTEC Awards held in London. The song was written to the brief of 'the future' and won Leoni and band 'SIXX' a chance to perform on stage at the 2017 awards ceremony representing The Blackpool Sixth Form College! Click
to watch the winning composition video...