LeAnn Stutler is a singer-songwriter from Northwest Indiana. Studying
music since the age of six, Stutler began playing piano in first grade.
Choir became the highlight of the school day and was the one class that
was consistent in her schedule from fifth grade to high school graduation.
Throughout that time period, Stutler was a member of the Clark Middle
School Swing Choir and a member of the Lake Central High School
Trebleaires, the upper-level all-girls show choir. Her senior year of high
school, she joined one of the jazz ensembles as an electric guitarist and
the symphonic band as an alto saxophone player.
At 15, Stutler founded the rock/country/contemporary Christian band
Capernaum. The band headlined various venues around northwest
Indiana and the south suburbs of Chicago. It was not uncommon for
Capernaum to play a festival or sports bar on a Friday or Saturday night,
yet lead a church service on Sunday morning. Capernaum allowed Stutler to develop her stage presence and entertainment style in secular music yet stay close to her Christian roots simultaneously. Capernaum appeared on the northwest Indiana radio show Midwest Beat with Tom Lounges and won the Battle of the Midway competition in August 2014. The band also won the People’s Choice award for the competition hosted by Tom Lounges that year. Capernaum was a finalist again in August 2015.
In September 2015, LeAnn Stutler began her education at Columbia College Chicago as a music major with a concentration in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music. During her time at Columbia, she became a member of the Jazz/Pop Choir, American Roots Ensemble, Recording and Performance Ensemble (with bands The Alchemists and Illiana), and the Gospel Band. With three of these ensembles, she had the opportunity to perform in Residency Concerts with Shawn Mullins, Ivan Neville, Corey Henry, and Darryl Jones. In May 2019, LeAnn graduated with her Bachelor of Music Degree with a concentration in Contemporary, Urban, and Popular Music and a minor in Music Business.
The year 2020 brought it's own set of challenges for the world, but Stutler pushed throughout the chaos. She had two fo her songs featured on Chicago's Big 95.5 Backyard Country program and "Out of Time" reached number 1 on SheWolf Radio's Internet chart in the spring. Stutler was also a finalist in the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra's "Hoosier STAR" competition. In December of 2020, she was nominated for Song of the Year ("Welcome to the Circle"), and Album/EP of the Year (Keeps Getting Better) for the first annual Region Music Awards. The Awards are set to be announced in March 2021.
After accumulating her own catalog over the last seven years, Stutler released her first solo Extended Play in May 2018. It’s About Time was the result of faith, love, loss, and humor that came along with transitioning from being a teenager to a young adult. Her first full-length album, Keeps Getting Better, was released in November 2019. The project includes new versions of the songs from It's About Time along with five new songs. Following the themes of her previous songs, Keeps Getting Better is filled with songs of faith, hope, patience, and a slight sense of humor.