Fredericksburg Songwriters' Showcase Leigh Hilger

There is a new voice emerging from the rich music community of western North Carolina. With her cello like voice and intricate guitar playing, Leigh Hilger has been leaving western North Carolina audiences wanting to hear more. Her musical influences from jazz and classical music add a refreshing twist to contemporary folk music.

Leigh scarcely remembers a time when she wasn't making music. She grew up performing as a member of a family singing group and spent her high school and college years studying voice and dance at the Florida School of the Arts and University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In 1986 Leigh decided to try a different method of reaching people and returned to school to complete her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Health Education. After drawing the conclusion that "spoken word gets processed in the brain, while music goes straight to the soul", it was inevitable that Leigh would return to the stage.

From 1994 to 1996 Leigh performed with the Wesser Blues Band then chose to take her music solo. Leigh's debut CD, Casting Shadows, which she co-produced with Chris Rosser, will be released on ISG Records this July. It will feature Leigh performing her original songs joined by Chris Rosser, Jimmy Landry, Don Porterfield, Andy Kluge, The Freighthoppers' Frank Lee, David Cohen and Lynn Rosser. Whether on CD or live, Leigh shares herself through songs that are relatable and honest and are delivered with power and conviction.

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