Jessie Leigh Live from The Rye Room [Video Premiere]

Vortex Music Magazine

The latest Rye Room Session features local country rock musician Jessie Leigh performing “Storm in May.” Don’t miss her live at the Ponderosa Lounge on April 21.

For some, music comes more naturally than almost anything else. "Music has always been a part of who I am. My mom says I would hum before I could talk," says country singer Jessie Leigh.

Though Leigh was innately drawn to music, it took some time before she was ready to dedicate her life to following that dream. After high school, she pursued her master’s degree in teaching and kept music as a hobby, leading worship in her church. But the passion was always there.

The turning point came at a live show in 2014. It was her first taste of performing at a large country show, and afterward she knew it was time to form a band and start writing songs. If you’re a country music fan, you might recognize her from local radio station KRKT, where her first single “Pink Umbrella Drink” has been in rotation.

Her stripped-down performance of “Storm in May” is a sneak peak at the single, set to be officially released in April. Her fresh fusion of pop-country and rock will win over fans of Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert.

According to Leigh, “Storm in May” was inspired by getting caught in one of those wild spring storms. She writes, “It took us completely by surprise, and as I stood there waiting for the storm to pass, I was struck by the awesome power of this unexpected storm. [The song] parallels the power of a storm with the feelings of falling in love.”

This release signals Leigh’s readiness to take the world of country music by storm. She’ll be embarking on her Irresistible Summer Tour in May through Oregon, Washington, California and Nevada.

Watch Jessie Leigh perform “Storm in May” live from The Rye Room below. Then don’t miss the second video from this Rye Room Session next week on the studio’s YouTube channel. And catch her live at the Ponderosa Lounge on Saturday, April 21.

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