Baltimore-based country artist Jenny Leigh is a self-described tomboy who grew up in “cow town” Frederick, Md. She competed on The CW’s “The Next,” and her video for the song “Crossroads” has more than 125,000 views on YouTube. Her second EP, “Tipping Point,” arrives July 30.

Nashville Networking

Leigh wanted to work with the best in the business for her new EP, so she ran a Kickstarter campaign and raised $10,000. The money paid for recording sessions with Nashville producer Larry Beaird, who has worked with Lady Antebellum, Luke Bryan and Dolly Parton.

Stepping Out

“You can’t get too country when you live in Baltimore,” Leigh says. Unlike many other female country musicians, she has collaborated with hip-hop artists (including DJ AraabMuzik), and she contributed vocals to tracks by Baltimore rapper Jay Royale. Leigh also performs with her boyfriend, Adam Scott-Wakefield, in the soul-funk band Old Man Brown. “Working outside of my genre has made me such a better artist,” Leigh says.

Light in the Darkness

Leigh is currently filming a music video for “Refuse to Hide,” a track from her new EP about breaking free from an abusive relationship. “I wanted to make sure [the song] had a positive message … which is why I decided to do the music video,” she says. “I wanted to show people what I mean by it.”

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