People call me Dirty Jenny due to my unique tone and soulful playing style. If you want funk, you got it. If you want rock, you got it...and everything in between. Music is everything. Let's make magic on your tracks. credits include; Michael Jackson, George Clinton, & many more.
"If Jimi Hendrix were reborn as a funky, bulldog-loving blonde woman, he'd come back in the form of dirty jenny."
Music has been my life and passion since the age of 13. I have traveled the world as a "side-woman" for other national artists, recorded with A-list producers and musicians from NYC to L.A., in addition to being signed to Capricorn/Universal with my previous band, Big Sister. I am also an artist/songwriter myself, fronting my current original funk-rock band, The Dirty Bunch, in both Austin, TX & California. This experience allows me to hear your tracks from all sides; sonically, as a session player AND with an artist mind. I love helping other people bring their music to life, because I know firsthand how magical and exciting that can be. I pride myself on getting the best and right guitar tones for your music. My style is both tasty and melodic, chock full of soul. I love the use of heavy layers when it comes to guitar tracks. In addition, I also play bass guitar and offer musical score or score to picture work needed for video and short film projects. I have composed music for countless comedic videos, short films, & a web series since 2008. I'm brand new to this amazing site and look forward to collaborating with people all around the world.
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12 Reviews - 1 Repeat ClientEndorse Jen Leigh
Jen is a FORMIDABLE guitar player and takes the time not only to deliver on the brief but to go WAY beyond that. I have worked with many great guitarists but Jen is the cream of the crop. She is a total pro, extremely communicative and FAST. She cares and that is totally evident in her work. Let me make this simple - If ur not working with Jen your guitar tracks would have been better. PERIOD. She is THE BEST.
Jen was super to work with. Very fast communication, took time to understand what I wanted, and delivered right away. She's a true pro and I'm looking forward to working with her again.
Jen is a perfectionist through and through. Totally reliable, very dedicated to your song, and just a great musician. Even though we did this project across a continent and an ocean, it actually felt like she was in the next room because of how intensely she works. Can't recommend her enough
Amazing Guitarist !!!
Excellent guitarist !!! Very creative and hard working.
Jen is not only a guitar god but she is really nice and pleasurable to work with. We recorded 4 songs and they sound exactly how I wanted them to come out and better. She's very quick and insanely efficient, creative, and prolific. I've worked with her before and I hope I'll be able to work with her again. Thank you!
Jen just blew my mind!!!! A true guitar Goddess! Wow, brilliant playing. thank you so much, Jen. I highly recommend Jen.
Been workin with Jen bout 10-11years now. ALWAYS GREAT To play with her! One of THEE best Guitarists in L.A.! She can write, ROCK HARD... and her funk is old school pocket!!! GAT DAMN..she can funk! FHUNK!!
Jen is an absolute Breeze to work with.... She had ESP in terms of the direction I'd imagined for the song and she sent several face melting soulful pocket funk rock guitar tracks that I had an absolute blast mixing. A Pro's Pro. Still one of my favorite projects it came out fantastic!
Worked with Jen on a music project called Luck Now. She’s fantastic! Total pro, turns around tracks quickly, easy to communicate with and just an all around cool person to deal with. Just take a look at her credits list. Anyone that’s worked with Michael Jackson is someone you want on your record or playing live with you.
Worked with Jen on numerous projects scoring and creating original compositions for productions. She is an incredible collaborator. Her musical vocabulary is as wide as the ocean. From funk to country to classical to reggae and beyond her composition skill and ability to improv within set parameters make her an invaluable asset to any project. She is completely open to any idea, an attribute that lets the music breath and grow In ways you might not expect at first. You end up with something truly original. Jen navigates those creative waters with skill and professionalism.
I first saw Jen Leigh on stage in 2013 and her sound and presence was unforgettable. I feel very fortunate that she was later willing to lend me some of her guitar swagger on three tracks on my latest album. The work was top notch and she did exactly the kinds of sounds i was hoping to get in multiple layers and tracks in a super fast turnaround. She’s also really pleasant to work with and a very nice person. I really look forward to more collaborations in the future!
Interview with Jen Leigh
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: Much of my home session work is tracking guitars for independent, original artists/bands/songwriters. I've also done alot of musical score work; score to picture, composing specific background music for video shorts, short films, and a web series. I love all aspects of music and recording, and always welcome a new challenge.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: energy & fire, guitar layers, tone, thickness
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: I think my strongest skill is the ability to deliver what a client asks for, musically speaking. My turnaround is also generally very fast.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: I've worked on all styles of music, but at least 50% is in the rock, funk, pop, or blues vein.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: soulful, edgy, clean, & funky af
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: Know what you want in advance. Try to be as specific as you can to any musicians you hire in regards to your needs and wants per track. Be open to suggesstions, but ultimately make your own decisions on your project.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What do your dream guitar tracks sound like for this project? I ask them to send me some examples of what they like style wise, tone wise, etc. Are they open to my suggesstions at all? Do they have a time deadline?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: That it's easy !
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Playing music is the greatest joy I know. Every musical experience breeds growth. I love that.
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: Satisfaction guaranteed.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: There's good and bad in both, but I'm old school and an old soul, so give me a 2" tape machine all day.
Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: I had the privilege to work with legendary mixer/producer Ed Cherney at The Village Studios in L.A. in 2016. I was 1/4th of a powerhouse all woman band on this project. We cut 13 basic tracks in 3 days for an Off-Broadway musical. The music was based in the 1950s & 1960s, so it ranged from jazz, to blues/rock, to acoustic ballads and more. There were charts. It was intense. The kind of intense that you crave and love as a player. It was one of the most satisfying sessions I've been on because everyone involved was such a joy to work with. We had amazing musical chemistry and played our hearts out. When I had to overdub a long improvised solo on a blues track, I wound up nailing it in my first take. I'll never forget walking back into the control room. Ed stood up from his chair, grabbed me and hugged me. Best sign of approval ever :)