LEANNE DOUGLAS’s musical journey has included 16 years in Nashville – but now she’s back home in Australia and her star is ready to shine.
Leanne was born on the east coast of New South Wales into a musical family. Her father was a talented highland piper, but it was the electric guitar that captured Leanne’s young imagination, particularly the instrumental sounds of Duane Eddy, The Ventures and especially Hank Marvin of The Shadows.
By the age of 15, Leanne was singing and playing professionally. She became the first female artist to win the coveted Star Maker award, later winning the prestigious Australian Country Music Golden Guitar Award for Best New Talent with "Don't It Make You Wanna Cry," one of her own compositions.
Relocating to Nashville, Tennessee (Music City USA), Leanne formed a band that featured her growing talent as a lead vocalist and lead guitarist, enjoying great success during her time there. Her first solo CD, "Blue Heeler" includes ten instrumentals penned by Leanne, along with her three favourite Hank Marvin tunes.
Glowing reviews from respected publications soon followed:
“…Leanne Douglas is quite a guitarist, with a liquid style that's very emotional…"Dreamtime" is a moving and rich scenic exploration of the outback… the lead guitar is pristine and beautiful…” Reverb Central U.S.A. - Phil Dirt
”… Leanne not only has an amazing touch on electric guitar but she's a gifted composer…” 20th Century Guitar Magazine U.S.A. - Robert Silverstein
This album was renamed and repackaged for Australian release in October 2005.
Now Leanne has released her first vocal album, "Under The Covers", a collection of country classics, performed superbly by Leanne in pure country style. The album was recorded in Nashville, and has a definite flavour of Music City about it. The strong selection of well-known songs, outstanding vocals and classy production will inevitably hit the mark with those fans who remember Leanne, and many new listeners who'll sit up and take notice..SUSAN JAVIS Capital News, Nov 2005