Carissa Leigh grew up listening to Dolly Parton in one ear and The Allman Brothers Band in the other. Her grandfather was a die-hard Country fan, while her father’s loyalties lie with rock & roll. Both influenced Carissa growing up, but as the years went by it was the sounds of Shania Twain and Keith Urban that she found making their way into her own music.
Industry and fans first turned their heads to this promising new voice with the 2014 release of her EP Blackbird, which landed her a feature in Billboard. Her follow-up "Pack That Bag" produced by Tyler Cain (Meghan Linsey, James Otto, Ashley Monroe) and co-written by Leigh and J.T. Hodges, impacted over 5 million country fans.
Carissa took a step back this past year to work on the 14-song project, honing her writing and recording skills to successful create a completely fresh sound, demonstrated with the release her first full-length project, "Better Than I’ve Been." Showcasing her incredible vocals and autobiographical songwriting skills, the album was produced by Los Angeles trailblazer Tone Def (Green Day, Santana, Outkast, Black Eye Peas). Uniquely, she took an organic approach to recording the new album by not using studio musicians.
One Stop Country proclaims: "This is the type of album that pulls you in, and then keeps you listening to see what will come next. This combines with her vocals and top-notch songwriting to make it one of the strongest albums we’ve heard in 2016 and puts Carissa Leigh on the top of our list as next female to watch out for in country music."