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Song You Need to Know: LT, ‘Hold Ya’

Written during a “turbulent time”, ‘Hold Ya’ is a slick piece of dreamy pop from the critically-acclaimed far north Queensland artist.

Close to a year on from the release of her last album, LT is back with a brand new single, sharing the slick “Hold Ya” this week.

A silky smooth piece of sugary dream pop, “Hold Ya” serves as the first new single of 2021 from LT (formerly known as Leanne Tennant). Produced by Konstantin Kersting and serving as something of a silver lining to a difficult time in her life, the single is a powerful step forward for the UK-born, Papua New Guinea-raised, far north Queensland resident.

“‘Hold Ya’ was written during a pretty turbulent time,” LT explains. “It’s a story about two people in love, however through the struggles they’ve endured they begin to drift apart. Neither of them want to leave, but both of them are desperately seeking reassurance that the other wants them to in fact stay and it turns out they both do.”

As catchy as it is upbeat, “Hold Ya” also comes accompanied by a Chelsey Johnston-directed music video, featuring animation and visual effects from Annie Murray.

“Chelsey had the beautiful idea of capturing moments of connection between people,” LT explains. “Mothers and daughters, best friends and lovers all connecting in different ways.  She messed around with the speed of the track during the filming process, which really signified to me the changes of pace we all experience in any relationship.

“Relationships change, move, disappear and re-invent themselves all the time and our life can be quite tough if we don’t allow them to do that. Sometimes you’ve got to try harder, and sometimes you have to let go. We chose to film at the Cairns Roller Skating Rink as it’s dear to the community and holds so many memories and stories of connection within its 1980s decor.”

Officially released on Tuesday, “Hold Ya” serves as the first taste of a new chapter from LT, who made the decision to use her initials as her musical moniker going forward. “I rarely ever get called by my full name, and I really felt that after such a complicated year it was time to simplify my life and go by the name most know me by and start 2021 with a fresh outlook,” she explains. “LT feels so right to me.”

LT is also set to return to the live stage next month with shows supporting Roz Pappalardo in Brisbane and Cairns, before two performances at Eumundi’s Sunshine Sounds Festival in early May.

LT’s “Hold Ya” is officially released tomorrow.

LT Tour Dates 2021

Saturday, April 17th
(Supporting Roz Pappalardo)
Bearded Lady, Brisbane, QLD (18+)

Thursday, April 22nd
(Supporting Roz Pappalardo)
Brother Jenkins, Cairns, QLD (18+)

Saturday, May 1st
Sunshine Sounds Festival, Eumundi, QLD (All Ages)

Sunday, May 2nd
Sunshine Sounds Festival, Eumundi, QLD (All Ages)

Tickets on sale now via Oztix