For many years, Leonie didn’t see herself as a musical person. In fact, She’d never even thought about playing a guitar until one day she was “made to take” a music class in her high school years. Then, having discovered her talent, along came the inspiration that changed Leonie’s life: Missy Higgins Sound of White. Leonie says it was her love for Missy’s work, that inspired her to become a song writer and to try her hand at live performing.
“The first full song I ever learnt and performed live was Katie by Missy Higgins,” says Leonie. “I always loved how honest she was with her lyrics and how it showed through with her vocals. I remember sitting on my kitchen floor at home and performing it to my parents. This was when they knew releasing music was not going to be a small phase in my life. Her music helped me through many emotional times and encouraged me to do the same for others with my own song writing.”
How did it feel when you won the Hervey Bay Unplugged competition, with its music production prize?
“Winning the Unplugged competition was an incredible opportunity. I had previously entered the competition around 4 times before taking out the winning title in 2017. As a young artist it was always heart breaking going through the competition journey with little success but my determination and passion finally payed off. I started introducing my original material in the competition in 2017 and I think that was the thing I was missing in previous years. Being able to jump into the studio and record my original music was what I needed to take my music to that next step and start being heard as an original artist rather than a cover singer.”
Tell us about Night Terrors. Is there a story behind this song?
“Night Terrors, like most of the songs on my EP was written during a really hard time in my life. Since I was young, I had always struggled with night terrors, restless nights and bad dreams. I remember being a young girl and suffering sleep paralysis. It was so terrifying. Seeing strange creature’s and figures surrounding my bed and having such vivid dreams full of scent and touch. As I grew older, the night terrors didn’t come as often, and it turned into insomnia.”
“About two years ago, the sleep paralysis returned briefly. It again turned into insomnia as I would refuse to fall asleep until the sun would rise due to fear. This lead to me consistently being tired and emotional which then turned into a deep depression. While trying to stay awake I would sit up and write music which was where I got the idea to write about it all. I actually wrote this song 3 times before I felt happy with it.”
“Though this song is about night terrors it is also about the feeling of being defeated. Feeling like you will never win to your internal demons. I don’t want this song to be a representation of defeat though, more of an awareness. There are other people suffering through these things and it’s ok to speak up and seek help.”