Marianne Leigh celebrates the growing pains of teenage-hood through her haunting lyrics and catchy indie-pop tunes. Her narrative songwriting style sets the 19-year-old apart from her peers, Leigh's "authenticity beaming through [her] connection, vast musical space and raw artistry" - NZ Musician Magazine. Leigh is a versatile artist, her authenticity heard in both her emotional ballads and upbeat singles,
Writing from her heart, it should come as no surprise that Leigh's career started at just 10 years old with the completion of her first song, her debut single 'Best of Me' releasing in 2019 after her nationwide Smokefree Rockquest win. At just 16, Leigh brought her talent to TV performing live on the Cath Vincent and What Now TV Shows.
Marianne Leigh is a three-time finalist of the Play It Strange songwriting competitions and was mentored by award-winning NZ musician Bic Runga. By 17, 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.
The hook-laden slice of indie-pop 'Sweet Goodbyes' broadcasted on Australian radio, taking Marianne Leigh international. Debuting on TheHits radio, the piano ballad 'Suddenly' encompasses young love, showcasing her depth as a songwriter, being just 17 when she wrote it solo. Her single 'Without Me' was hand-picked to play on all Air NZ flights, surpassing 80,000 hits within the first month on YouTube.
The artist set off on her debut tour in early 2022, playing two sold-out shows. The 'Simple Things' EP showcases Marianne Leigh's innovative sound and solidifies her unique place in the music industry.
EP 'simple things'
Marianne Leigh's indie-pop EP 'simple things' is out NOW, featuring hit singles 'sweet goodbyes' and 'suddenly'.