Born: July 19, 1961 Primary Instrument: Vocal
Sydney Vocalist Leonie Smith's velvety smoothness can't conceal her versatility. She effortlessly, and seamlessly, effects shifts in mood, and tempo, as she spools through her considerable repertoire of songs 'we all know', and love. She can soulfully tease out, say, the languid longing of Summertime, to the brink of poignancy, in a fashion that'd do even Billie proud. She can pull out all the stops for an 'A Train'. Or with equal aplomb, bounce every ounce of wry humour out of a Cole-fired classic. From Rogers and Hart, to Monk, and all shades in-between, she can make it sing; she can make it swing! From ballads to blues, the girl's got it covered.” Brad Skye 2rrrfm
Leonie has been singing professionaly since 1992. She joined the Mo Award winning Band “The Andrew Sister’s Sister’s” in 1994 for 2 years, and toured many Clubs and Featured with some of Australia’s most famous artists at special events and functions, including at the Entertainment Centre and as an integral part of the celebrations held in March of 1994 for the end of WW2 where they played at the opera house and many other venues.
Since then as a soloist she has appeared with some of the Best Jazz Artists Australia has to offer, including Touring with George Golla in duet twice to Tasmania, 2004/05 with Bobby Gebbert, Matt Baker, John Morrison, Matt McMahon, to name a few, and the “Legends Jazz Band” at the Manly Jazz festival 2004 which included G.Golla, & Errol Buddle.
Leonie has played some of Australia’s best venues and Jazz Festivals. Last year she appeared at the opening night party at the Noosa Jazz Festival with G.Golla and Paul Furniss. She appeared at the Manly Jazz Festival in 2004, the Dubbo Jazz Festival in 2004 the Wagga Wagga Jazz Festival in 2004 and the Marouya Fest in 2004. She is hired constantly for both private and corporate events.
Leonie released her Debut Album in June 2003. Sweet Jazz was produced by Kerrie Biddell who was also her mentor and singing coach for over 2 years and John Morrison, two very well known names in the Australian Jazz Scene. Kerrie for her status as Australia's undisputed leading jazz vocalist, and John for his musicianship and notoriety as the leader of the Swing City Jazz Band.
The result is an Album of favourite Jazz tunes sung with style and commitment, and a stunning voice, backed by Australia's top Jazz musicians. With Special guest George Golla.
Her new Album is entitled Never The Less and is a live recording in Duo with George Golla again on Guitar. It is being released as a digital download only no actual cd's will be available for sale.
Leonie is also the presenter of the “Jazz at 5” Fri Afternoon Show on FM99.3 2nsb “Northside Rhythm and Jazz” where she heavily promotes local Contemporary Australian Jazz musicians and singers.