How did an All-American girl born and raised among the steel-and-glass big city of Pittsburgh end up crafting soul felt country songs in the Dutch countryside?
Kayleigh Leith's musical destiny to shift gears until she found everything she wanted in life would never have happened if an unseen force hadn't been behind the wheel of some metaphorical John Deere tractor, guiding her journey from Pennsylvania to Vegas to New York City, and then all the way to the rustic European landscapes of the Netherlands.
Daughter of a school teacher and stay at home mother, Kayleigh never fell short of attention. Kayleigh and her father sang in church, parties and even had a karaoke machine at home that they would spend hours on. Kayleigh loved being the center of attention and right in the spotlight. After initially pursuing a career in music education, she decided to give that up because, as she says, “I wanted to sing music more than teach music”
Kayleigh’s free spirit attitude, visions of big dreams and the love of her life led her to a move across the Atlantic. Kayleigh listens to her heart and lives by the motto, “everything happens for a reason”, so with this in mind, Kayleigh made her situation positive even when the waters were raging, and during this storm of emotions she wrote some of her best songs. Kayleigh never considered herself a songwriter, she just lives her truth. She just told what she knew and during her period of being homesick and lonely she told her story which turned out to be the start to a whole new path in her career.
These stories Kayleigh told started to get attention from many people when she took the songs public and started playing them at parties and local venues. She gathered her best songs and with the help of a few investors and some money saved she went to the big city to record at one of the most prestigious recording studios in New York called The Cutting Room. The result was her debut album ‘Miles Away’, an album on the edge of pop and country with a title that was very appropriate for Kayleigh’s weary heart in the time of homesickness and despair.
After the album received great reviews worldwide, Kayleigh took her positive and excited attitude on the road for the ‘Miles Away’ Tour. She played radio shows, club shows and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. The two highlights of the tour were her performance in the Bluebird Café in Nashville, TN and her first USO show for the US troops in Germany.
During a tour stop in Nashville in 2012, Kayleigh took some time to write with some of Nashville’s top songwriters. One of those writers was Rob Crosby. Rob penned tracks for people like Lady Antebellum, Martina McBride and many others. Rob took Kayleigh under his wing and the two set off on creating Kayleigh’s second album. Kayleigh really wanted that Nashville New Country sound, so she returned to Music City later that year to start recording her second album called ‘This Woman’ with Rob Crosby as acting producer.
“This Woman” slated for a September 2013 release, followed by her “Born Ready” first-ever European tour puts Kayleigh in the spotlight again to feature her music throughout several countries. Kayleigh's musical growth continues as she leans more toward gospel, blues and rock, with her roots still planted deep in that pop-based New Country such as Jewel and Miranda Lambert.
So, if you ever find yourself wandering barefoot in some farmer's field somewhere an hour outside of Amsterdam, and you hear this beautiful, breathy voice coming out of a pint-sized girl with luscious brown hair, you'll know that's her, dancing on the edge of forever, under her van Gogh sky with a little white dog by her side, where the possibilities are always endless.