Elon graduate and country musician Jenny Leigh Freeman is the latest singer with local ties hoping to make it big on a national singing competition show.
Freeman is competing on the CW network's new series, "The Next," a show on which big music stars participate in an intense 72-hour mentoring session with an undiscovered singer, working to groom the up-and-comer for a chance at a record deal.
Freeman, a Maryland native who currently lives and performs in Baltimore, appeared on the August 23 episode of "The Next," where she was mentored by country singer John Rich. She competed against three other performers in the Baltimore round, and though she didn't win that round, she still has a chance to move to the semi-final round and compete against singers from Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas and Orlando.
That's where you come in. Votes determine which fan favorite moves on to the finals. The fan vote happens on Thursday, September 20 at 10 p.m. (as soon as "The Next," which airs at 9 p.m., goes off the air). Voting will be on the cwtv.com/the-next website.
The ultimate winner of the competition gets a recording contract with Atlantic Records.
Freeman graduated from Elon in 2006. While there, she sang in the school's co-ed a cappella group, Twisted Measure. More recently, Freeman has performed with country musicians Joe Nichols, Dierks Bentley, Gloriana, Darius Rucker, Eli Young Band and Josh Gracin.
Below is her Freeman's performance on "The Next."