Leigh Reynolds grew up in the small Mississippi town of Soso. There was plenty of music in his home as both parents played and sang. They even performed as a family gospel group for much of his childhood. He spent his years at Northwest Jones High School and Meridian Junior College performing at churches and venues throughout the state.
In 1973, after graduating from Mississippi State University where he was a member of the MSU Jazz Band, Leigh moved to Los Angeles and joined the folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. Once the tour was complete, he continued working in the Southern California area before moving to Dallas, Texas. While there he worked the Texas/Oklahoma music scene including time with Henson Cargill (“Skip A Rope”) and briefly with Sammi Smith (“Help Me Make It Through The Night”), before moving to Nashville, TN.
Since moving to Nashville, Leigh has had a very diverse career in the music business. He has played guitar live or in the studio for such artist as Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Wynonna, The Judds, Aaron Tippin, Mark Collie, Trent Tomlinson, Kevin Denney, Brian McComas, Don Potter, Connie Smith, Charlie McCoy, and various others.
Reynolds had always written songs but really began to approach it seriously while touring with Reba. As a songwriter, he has had songs recorded by Garth Brooks (including the hit “That Ol' Wind”), Reba McEntire, Aaron Tippin, Kevin Denney, Emmylou Harris, and other country and gospel artists.
At a friend's guitar pull in a horse barn outside of Ashland City, Leigh heard a young singer from Kentucky whose voice completely captivated him. The singer's name was Kevin Denney. That meeting was the beginning of a love for producing. He took some guitar/vocals that he had cut on Kevin to his long time friend and musical mentor, Doug Howard at Disney's Lyric Street Records. LSR signed Kevin, and Leigh produced an album that gave radio the hit singles “That's Just Jessie” and “Cadillac Tears”. He later produced Brian McComas and the singles “99.9% Sure” and “You're In My Head”. Also for LSR, he produced Trent Tomlinson. They recorded the singles “One Wing In The Fire”, “Just Might Have Her Radio On”, and “Angels Like Her”. Most recently, Leigh co-produced an album with engineer Mills Logan on the new duo North 40 for Rhymetown Entertainment. “Hey Girl Hey” is the first single from that project.
Because of the relationships that Leigh developed with the Publishers and Writers while looking for songs to record on his acts, it was a natural transition into independent A&R for labels and artists. As the head of Giant Records, Doug Johnson recruited him to help find songs for some of the artist signed there. Since that time he has worked in this capacity with Curb Records, Wynonna, The Judds, and Alison Krauss.
Leigh continues to live in Nashville. He is as passionate as ever about finding and developing talent and making a viable contribution to the country music industry