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Meet Odie Leigh: Folk Music’s Rising Star

A conversation with singer-songwriter Odie Leigh about her music, TikTok, and her viral hit "Crop Circles."

photo courtesy of: @odieleigh

Odie Leigh is a singer-songwriter, making music from her home state of Louisiana. She has reached millions through posting her songs on TikTok, and now has several songs from her discography published on streaming platforms. I got the chance to talk with her about her EP in the works, her biggest hits: "Ronnie's Song" and "Crop Circles," and about what is next for Odie Leigh.


Angelina

You live in New Orleans, and I know a lot of things had to be put on hold because of Hurricane Ida. So, I have to ask: was the song that Ida prevented you from recording, the song that all of TikTok has been demanding from you?


Odie Leigh

Of course! At this point I really, oh my god, at this point I really feel so much pressure on that song that I almost just don't want to do it. I've recorded it so many times. I really have recorded the song at least five times, and I just can't get it right.


A: Can you talk a little bit about your experience making this song? Because I think we're both talking about “Crop Circles” right? What was your inspiration behind the song? What has it been like writing it and trying to record it, just take me through the story.


O: “Crop Circles” was written when I was feeling very low. I was feeling very frustrated. And I really realized that I've replaced journaling with songwriting. I used to journal all the time, but my journal from this year is empty because I realized I just take all my feelings, then I write songs, and then I post them on the internet. It's a lot. Sometimes I think about it, and I freak out a little bit, because I'm like, “oh my god, all of these thoughts and feelings just out into the world.”


My songwriting process is just I start playing something, and then I start talking. So I had a conversation with one of my roommates, and we were talking about dating, and I started kind of talking with someone who was a little bit older than me, like, seven or eight years. And he sent me this really weird message. He was like, “Oh, you're 21, wow, I feel like such a creep. I promise I'm not a predator.” I was like “no, no, no, no, no weird, weird.”


So, my roommate said, “You should start lying about your age.” And I thought that that was a really interesting thought. But I'm not gonna do that. I don't want to lie to people. But that's where the opening part of the song comes, “These days I've been lying about my age.” Yeah, it's, it's about. Yeah, it's about meeting people. And that's about dating. It's literally about online dating. It's straight up about Tinder.