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Bari Leigh

“Bari Leigh is set to explode with her infectious mix of pop, country, blues and soul . . . (a) buzz-worthy artist.”
—Entertainment Tonight (CBS)

Bari Leigh - Starfish Music - ECR Music GroupBoldness can take many forms. On the one hand, it can mean brazen, fearless, assured. On the other hand, sensitive, intimate, authentic. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bari Leigh uniquely understands and embraces this duality: it’s in her character. It’s in both the sweetness and swagger of her music. And, it’s at the heart of what her debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, is all about.

“I grew up steeped in classic music—spanning 1970’s riff-rock, blues, and Motown—listening to iconic female singers like Dolly Parton, Etta James, and Bobbie Gentry. Women who weren’t afraid to be determined, powerful, and even tough, if necessary. But each of them also have a deep and beautiful vulnerability to both their music and their singing. That blend is what’s always been magical to me.” The influence of these multi-faceted idols is clearly evident in Leigh’s own songwriting: at times brawny and raucous with bayou slide-guitar riffs and big, brassy, singing. At others, tenderly soulful, with honeyed vocals, and introspective lyrics.

Written and recorded over a two-year period, Tonight, I’m Unchained is unique in an additional way: the 25-year-old artist at its helm was—truly—at its helm. Leigh co-produced the album, wrote or co-wrote all the songs, and is releasing it on the label she’s founded: Starfish Music (ECR Music Group).

“I’ve been surrounded by strong, independent women my whole life,” says a smiling Leigh. “I’m not about to not be one of them.”

Though Tonight, I’m Unchained is Bari Leigh’s debut album, excitement about her music has already been building from early DIY recordings that Leigh released prior to founding Starfish Music. Surprisingly, national and college radio embraced the tracks, as did the taste-making music press. This early notoriety culminated with a feature about Leigh and her music on national television, with CBS’s Entertainment Tonight.

Another key endorsement for Leigh’s music came during the making of the new record. For the final stages of the album’s production, Leigh brought in artist, producer, and indie-music stalwart Blake Morgan, who agreed to both mix and master the new record. “Bari has just the kind of defiant, independent spirit that I love to see—and hear—in an emerging artist. This is a record well-worth paying attention to.”

Now, with the album set for worldwide release, Bari Leigh stands eagerly at the exciting threshold she’s worked so hard to arrive at. “Making this album has already helped me realize two of my greatest dreams: I feel I’ve learned who I am as an artist and who I am as a woman. The good news is, they’re the same person. Where I go from here is up to me.”

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Bari Leigh - Starfish Music - ECR Music Group
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Bari Leigh - Starfish Music - ECR Music Group

“Bari Leigh is set to explode with her infectious mix of pop, country, blues and soul . . . (a) buzz-worthy artist.”
—Entertainment Tonight (CBS)

“Bari Leigh’s debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, was just released, but already the singer-songwriter is making waves with her innovative music. Leigh, who grew up listening to artists like Dolly Parton, Etta James and Bobbie Gentry, combined all of those influences into one unforgettable record.”
The Boot »

“Bari knows what she believes in, and she’s not afraid to say it over a concoction of neo-traditional country, southern rock, Americana and alt-pop. It’s an identity that pushes her way beyond the feminist messages of Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood and other such mainstream stars, and sets her way apart from any of her contemporaries.”
—For The Country Record

“Her vocal abilities remain strong throughout the album with songs like ‘Free of You,’ a female anthem on par with Miranda Lambert’s ‘Gunpowder and Lead.’ She has the attitude and vocal strength like many other female country performers, but it’s Leigh’s songwriting that separates her from a typical artist. Leigh is proving there’s more to country music than tan legs and dirt roads.”
Nashville Lifestyles Magazine »

“Smart, strong, independent, talented, beautiful and spirited—Bari Leigh isn’t just a triple threat—she is a wonderful representation of a new chapter in country music that finds newcomers like Natalie Stovall and The Drive, Lindsay Eli, and, of course, Bari Leigh, joining the ranks of powerful female artists like Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves, and Carrie Underwood. This may be the year of ‘bro-country,’ but don’t count the ladies out. Bari is unchaining a huge talent and heart that will help shine a little more light on the beautiful ladies of country music.”
Music Times »

“Looking for a new, unique singer-songwriter to add to your playlist? Look no further than the strong and soulful Bari Leigh, whose powerhouse voice with a twang gives us chills . . . We have a feeling you’re going to love Bari’s debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, which allows us to see the best of both worlds—her raucous and powerful sound, as well as her sweet and thoughtful lyrics.”
Justine Magazine »

“Leigh’s new album, Tonight, I’m Unchained (is) the sound of a woman who wants to be noticed for who she is—not because of her gender.”
—Mike Chalken, The Bristol Observer »

“Boldness can take many forms. On the one hand, it can mean brazen, fearless, assured—on the other hand, sensitive, intimate, authentic. Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bari Leigh uniquely understands and embraces this duality: it’s in her character. It’s in both the sweetness and swagger of her music. And, it’s at the heart of what her debut album, Tonight, I’m Unchained, is all about . . . Leigh’s own songwriting [is] at times brawny and raucous with bayou slide-guitar riffs and big, brassy, singing. At others, tenderly soulful, with honeyed vocals, and introspective lyrics.”
The Music City Syndicate »

“This album is a blend of sassy country and pop with notes of blues. This record is addicting and this young chic is old school country—such an original talent.”
The Examiner