Marianne Leigh is an acoustic indie-pop artist writing catchy tunes about genuine human emotions and experiences. Leigh's songs discuss the struggles of a naive youth, the ups and downs of love, and learning life lessons. 


“Authenticity beams through Marianne Leigh’s connection, vast musical space and raw artistry." 
- NZ Musician Magazine


She is a versatile artist, her authenticity heard in both her emotional ballads and upbeat singles. The 19-year-old placed first in the nationwide Smokefree Rockquest competition with her single "Best of Me" in 2019, and brought her talent to TV on the What Now and Cath Vincent TV Shows.


Leigh is a three-time finalist of the Play It Strange songwriting competitions and was mentored by award-winning NZ musician Bic Runga. At just 17 years old, the songstress was chosen by Hei Hei TV to work alongside NZ music icon Jamie McDell. The pair recorded the single "Streetlights" together, the creative process captured on 'Uke Can Do It' TV series available on TVNZ On Demand. 

Jesse Mulligan interviewed Leigh about her single “Could’ve Been The One” on Radio New Zealand where she played it live. The young musician was selected to perform at the Working Style Fashion Show, and numerous festivals, including Sanctuary Sounds, VIBE, Earth Beat and the Big Gay Out.


Her single 'Sweet Goodbyes' is a refreshing, hook-laden slice of indie-pop, which broadcasted on Australian Radio (AMR). With a highly addictive chorus; equally infectious melodies; punchy drums and guitar, ‘Sweet Goodbyes’ takes its influence from strong female 70s rock bands. 

Following the successful release, Leigh brings us 'suddenly’, which “beautifully encapsulates the universal feeling of new love, showcasing her depth as a songwriter” (, Leigh being just 17 years old when she wrote it solo. The single premiered on TheHits national radio. 


Leigh’s second EP ‘simple things’ features her latest tracks, including ‘without me’ – the music video for which surpassed 45,000 views within the first month, a milestone for the young musician. 

As Marianne Leigh reveals her new music and innovative sound, she solidifies her unique place in the music industry.


without me | official visualiser


Previous events


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Marianne Leigh is travelling the North Island to play her second EP, 'simple things', on a stage near you! Follow the link to see all dates and locations available.

General Admission $10

EP 'simple things'

Marianne Leigh's indie-pop EP 'simple things' is out NOW, featuring hit singles 'sweet goodbyes' and 'suddenly'.

Authenticity beams through Marianne Leigh’s connection, vast musical space and raw artistry.” - NZ Musician Magazine