Carissa Leigh grew up with Dolly Parton playing in one ear and The Allman Brothers Band playing in the other. Her grandfather was a Country fan; her father favored rock 'n' roll. Both influenced Carissa growing up, but as the years went by it was the sounds of Shania Twain and Keith Urban that she found making their way into her own music. Carissa had an interesting journey from music lover to Music City. While working as a professional photographer and getting her Master's degree, Carissa knew she would never forgive herself if she did not pursue her true passion of creating music. So, she packed up and moved to Nashville to find a sound of her own. Carissa's optimistic and playful personality reveal themselves in both her music and performance, which has always been her goal. “My hopes, dreams, and fears are like so many other women. I want my music to connect with them and be relatable as well as enjoyable to listen to,” she says.