Soon TJ was introduced to pop and blues through his cousin that was a little bit older and played in a famous swedish pop band.
At eighteen he became lead singer and guitar player in a dance band. A lot of genres passed through TJ:s life.
Jazz, hard rock, gospel, soul/r&b but not until country music came along it felt like home.
Together with Tex Taylor, Tj Leonard started CHESTNUT band in 2010 and later that year they released their first single 110% Country followed by the EP American Dream.
Sometimes things change and it´s time to write a new chapter.
Therefore Tj Leonard decided late 2013 to release his songs under his own name TJ Leonard.
TJ is a Top 50 CMT.com Most Popular Artist, an Academy of Western Artists award nominee, a 2016 Indie Music Channel Awards nominee, and a Top 10 New Music Weekly charting artist with “Remember Those Times.”