Drawing from a diverse range of influences including folk, alternative rock, bluegrass, old-time, classical music, and the blues, Kristen Leigh's live performances weave together original alt-folk compositions with creative and heartfelt covers of traditional folk songs and old-time tunes that span generations. As a multi-instrumentalist, Kristen switches effortlessly between acoustic guitar, piano, ukelele, banjo, and mandolin. At times she will accompany herself with a shruti box to provide the haunting drone for a Gaelic chant or an old primitive Baptist hymn. Kristen is also often joined by a rotating ensemble of instrumentalists who help bring her orchestral arrangements to life, accompanying her on violins, cello, accordions, woodwinds, brass, harmonica, and more.
"Intuitive perceptive compositions and compelling performance!"
Original Indie Chamber Alt-Folk
Kristen's live sets are uniquely captivating and resonate with listeners of all ages. The raw passion with which she sings is assuaged by a down-to-earth and interactive stage presence that seeks to build relationships with audiences and promote community participation. Her emotionally honest lyrics explore themes of vulnerability, redemption, strength, hope, and courage.
Kristen has been performing music since the age of 16, when she first took the stage at Tate Street Coffeehouse in her hometown of Greensboro, NC. Since then, she has performed hundreds of live shows on stages across the U.S. and around the world - at festivals, auditoriums, theaters, restaurants, street corners, churches, dive bars, town fairs, coffeeshops, and house concerts. She has performed on both radio and television, and has participated in a number of musical theatre performances.
Live Sound Production
Kristen can provide her own sound equipment for smaller venues, and is available for hire at very competitive rates to provide sound setup, stage management, and live mixing for smaller acts and events. Please fill out the contact form below if you are interested.
Yamaha Stagepas 600i with 10-channel mixer, 680W power output, and USB connection port for iphone/ipad input
Crate Traveler's PA system with 6/8-channel mixer and 100W power output (for smaller venues)
4 microphones + XLR mic cables
3 instrument cables
2 boom microphone stands
Albums & Recordings
Kristen Leigh has independently recorded, produced, and released several singles as well as full-length albums.
Liturgical Music & Chant
Kristen also provides music leadership for liturgy, worship, and religious ritual in a variety of contexts.