SONGWRITING SUCCESS: Leonie Kingdom's new single is garnering serious traction among Triple J listeners.
SONGWRITING SUCCESS: Leonie Kingdom's new single is garnering serious traction among Triple J listeners. Cody Fox

'In our darkest times we grow': Singer's rocky road

WITH a national tour coming up and a new song rocketing up Triple J's Unearthed charts, Hervey Bay's Leonie Kingdom is on top of the world.

Last year she tasted success when she uploaded her song Night Terrors and it went to the top of the charts.

Now her new song, Rhubarb, is following in its footsteps.

It is currently number three on the charts and performing strongly, having been downloaded 386 times.

Kingdom will soon take part in a national tour with up-and-coming star Hein Cooper, travelling to Brisbane, Sydney, Newcastle and Perth.

"To tour with someone who has had so much success will be unreal," she said.

Rhubarb, was written while she was travelling away from home and performing.

"I wrote the song in 10 minutes in a fit of exhaustion," Kingdom said.

Away from her family and friends and dealing with the expectations of the music industry weighing on her shoulders, it was a challenging time.

The name of the song was inspired by the vegetable, which can be grown in the dark - a reference to her own growth during a difficult time in her life.

"In our darkest times we grow," she said.

Now, having performed at this year's Groovin the Moo, alongside artists such as the Hilltops Hoods, Kingdom is feeling better than ever and is especially looking forward to performing at Maryborough's upcoming Relish Food and Wine Festival.

It will be the last time she gets to perform on the Fraser Coast for a while.



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