Sue Leonard

About Sue

One of the most in-demand and recorded female vocalists on the West Coast. Over the past thirty years, Sue has performed and recorded with a stellar list of headliners. Sue toured the world with kd lang in support of "Ingenue" and "Absolute Torch and Twang"...... and has appeared on albums by kd lang, Bon Jovi, Billy Thompson, and many others.

Voted Canada's best vocalist by readers of the Canadian Music Scene, CCMA "Best Back up Band" in Canada two years running 89/90 (kd lang and the Reclines).

Sue has garnered seven international gold and platinum records. In addition, Sue placed in the top twelve for her song, "I Believe", in the We Are Listening international singer songwriter contest.


  • kd lang Ingenue - Constant Craving 1992
  • MTV Unplugged Volume 1 with kd lang, recorded live at the Ed Sullivan Theater, 1994
  • Bon Jovi New Jersey (the sweet thing vocal association) and Lay Your Hands On Me produced by Bruce Fairbairn 1988
  • Gay Delorme Borderline in 1993
  • Roy Forbes Human Kind 1992 and Love Turns to Ice 1997
  • Roy Forbes and Connie Kaldor New Song For An Old Celebration 1989
  • Kenn Hamm Eagle Rock Road 1994
  • Raffi Bananaphone 1994
  • Spirit of the West Faithlift 1993
  • Come Sing With Us - Ho Ho Watanay a collection of children's songs 1999
  • Geoff Gibbons Love Tattoos 1998
  • Sandy Scofield Dirty River 1994 and Reils Road 2000
  • Bonnie St. Croix Flying High 1997 Here I Am 2007
  • Tami Greer Shadows 1994 and tgreer 1998
  • Glen Stace Road to Damascus 1992 and Redemption Game 1999
  • Faith Nolan Freedom of Love 1989
  • Rick Bockner Trouble With The Moon 1995
  • Connie Kaldor Gentle of Heart 1989
  • Mark Perry Dreams Of The Highway 1990
  • Mike Jacobs You Know What Love Can Do 1992 and Time Is On My Side 1996
  • Megan Metcalfe Love Is An Outlaw - Just Can't Say 1995
  • Chuck Brickley Blueshine 2003
  • Leonard & Sample Bend 2005
  • The Precious Littles Sometimes You Win 2008
  • Sue Leonard Brick by Brick 2010
  • Pinto Bennett Echoes From Paradise 2010
  • Billy Thompson A Better Man 2010
  • Veronica Bay - Jam This Groove dance hip hop (Sue Leonard solo album - pseudonym)

Other Artists Sue Has Sung With

  • Bruce Willis - singer, harp-player, movie actor
  • Johnny Neel - piano player, Allman Brothers Band
  • Tad Wadhams - bassist (Sheryl Crow, Bruce Willis)
  • Doug Hamblin - guitar, vocals (Bruce Willis)
  • Miles Joseph - guitar, vocals (Arteha Franklin's Musical Director, co-writer with Beyonce

Sue Writes With

  • Steve Eaton, singer-songwriter for Karen Carpenter, Art Garfunkel and Lee Greenwood
  • Gayle Chapman, the original "first lady of keyboards" for Prince
  • Billy Thompson, who just released "Are You Ready" which Sue wrote with Billy, and is on the "A Better Man" CD.

Sue's Songs Have Been Recorded By

Billy Thompson, guitar, slide and vocals on the lead song "Are You Ready" from "A Better Man" - This CD features Tony Braunagel, Grammy Winning Producer and drummer for Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal and Robert Cray; Grammy Award Winner Johnny Lee Schell, backup vocals and engineer; Mike Finnigan, (Joe Cocker, Etta James, Crosby Stills Nash & Young) piano and organ; Hutch Hutchinson, bass (Bonnie Raitt, Neville Brothers, Pat Simmons).

Television & Radio

  • k.d. lang special - Buffalo Cafe (CBC)
  • Saturday Night Live
  • The Johnny Carson Show
  • Late Night with Jay Leno
  • Arsenio Hall
  • The David Letterman Show
  • MTV Unplugged Special
  • The 35th/36th Grammy Awards
  • The Juno Awards
  • Canadian Country Music Awards
  • Town and Country TV Special
  • Jools Holland Show
  • Top of The Pops (England)
  • TV5 (France)
  • Rock Steady TV
  • Pebble Mill TV Birmingham
  • Jonathon Ross TV London
  • Spanish TV
  • The Vicki Gabereau Show
  • Detroit Public Television Special
  • BBC 1 TV Special London with kd lang
  • The Early Edition - CBC Radio Vancouver
  • Breakfast TV -City TV
  • Pink Planet - Global TV (lead song)
  • Pinto Bennett - Echoes From Paradise 2010


"Sue Leonard is an esteemed industry artist whose voice can be heard on kd lang's Ingenue album, Bon Jovi's New Jersey, MTVs Unplugged, her own release, Bend, and much more. The Canadian born songster has impressed audiences on The Tonight Show"...... - Paul Wolfle

 " From cowpunk to contemporary blues and everywhere in between, when it comes to music, singer-songwriter Sue Leonard has accomplished it all." - Dallas News

"The best thing about being broke is there's nothing left to steal," sings Sue Leonard in her hit "Nickel", a suprisingly upbeat song about the frills of poverty. Sarcasm aside, Leonard is a superior jazz/R&B singer. All of her music, not just "Nickel", has been constructed around strong, stirring lyrics mixed with an impressive band. Occassionaly, like in "Without You", listeners are treated tp a great guitar lick too. After sampling just a few tracks one discovers Sue Leonard is pretty awesome. As evidence, you could cite her performances on late night shows including Letterman and Leno, she's even played the Grammys. Each track though, is true proof that Sue Leonard is extraordinary. Her ability to combine multiple genres in a single track is sublime. Take "Without You" and I Believe". Both are fervent and contemporary renditions of the blues mixed with subtle cues of pop, R&B, and jazz. In every song Leonard evokes her passion for music. "Music is the highest form of communication," she writes, "the greatest frequency on earth. It know no boundaries, and crosses borders at the frequency of hope, love and light." No doubt. Check out Sue Leonard. You're bound to find a new favorite. - Reed Cleckle



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