Leoni Jane Kennedy / Freddie Mercury Scholarship winner crowdfunds Rush acoustic album

The talented, award-winning Leoni Jane Kennedy has launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in support of her upcoming album New World Woman, a set of acoustic Rush songs.

Leoni, who was chosen by Brian May and Roger Taylor to receive the Freddie Mercury Scholarship, covering her entire university tuition fees, first performed Xanadu at a Rush fan convention when she was 15 and since then has continued to be a part of the Rush community.

The funds will cover the production of the album, with merch and vinyl options also available. With 22 days remaining, the fund is at 68%, and you can support Leoni until the fund closes on 7 March 2023.

In 2020, Leoni joined lead vocalist and bassist from Moving Pictures UK Rush Tribute band John Power, along with his son, Nick, to perform and record the classic Rush tune Time Stand Still which was added to the first volume of Songs for Neil, a tribute album to the late drummer and lyricist of Rush, Neil Peart.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with the Rush community over the years, and after performing on volume one, I was ecstatic to be invited back to record my take on such a classic track, with thanks to the incredibly talented Nick Andrew for the recording and production! A huge thank you to Steve Brown and everyone who has helped out for your hard work in putting this together. I’m sure the professor would be grinning from ear to ear.”

Leoni will perform a set on three dates with Moving Pictures this month.

To help with the Kickstarter campaign, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/leonijanekennedy/new-world-woman.

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