Anna Leone: "I've never seen myself as a guitarist per se. It's more like a tool that I use to write songs with"

Anna Leone
(Image credit: Grace Rivera)

Despite her tender years, Stockholm-native Anna Leone is full of conviction. For a start, she’s doing the one thing we all told ourselves we’d commit to over the last 18 months: learning a new language. She’s been determinedly studying Japanese, modestly joking it's the only thing she’s stuck to. But that’s not strictly true. 

At the end of 2020, Leone shared the first taste of her songwriting material with Wandered Away. The EP racked up over 18 million streams and "Ones to Watch" tips from Spotify & YouTube. She also won at the Music Moves Europe Talent awards, alongside fellow Nordic inspiration, girl in red. Since then, she’s been committed to her first full-length record, heading over to Los Angeles to join Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka) in the studio to lay down her debut, I’ve Felt All These Things.

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Cheri Amour

Cheri Amour is a writer, editor and broadcaster intent on amplifying the voices of women and non-binary artists in print, online and on air. During her twenties, she played lead guitar in a touring two-piece, sharing the stage with The Slits and John Peel-approved punks The Nightingales. Formerly Deputy Editor at TGA Magazine, Cheri headed up its Tech section pouring over pedals with everyone to indie icon Debbie Smith (Echobelly/Curve) to multi-instrumentalist Katie Harkin (Sleater Kinney/Waxahatchee/Wye Oak). She's currently working on an upcoming 33 1/3 book on the unassuming influence of South Bronx sister troupe ESG, out in Spring 2023.