Leonard Sumner is storytelling songwriter who blends the Anishinaabe experience and language with the introspection of country music and the bravado of hip hop. He’s a solid bandleader, but he gets the best response from audiences when it’s just him on stage with his guitar.
Leonard started out on the talent contest circuit of Manitoba’s Interlake Region in the late 1990’s. “I got sick of losing to all the singers who could play guitar,” he recalls. “So I bought one for myself and started watching YouTube videos and practicing as much as possible.”
His next step was into hip hop, where he released music as “Lorenzo” and added collaborations with Wab Kinew, Winnipeg’s Most, and Young Kidd to his resume. In 2010, Leonard connected with dobro legend and roots producer Doug Cox and started to work out the sound and feeling of what he has always described as “Rez Poetry.”
AMP SESSIONS Leonard Sumner | "Best of Me"