Sonia Leigh making a name for herself, her music

Sonia Allen is coming to Country Jam with the Zac Brown Band and is part of Zac Brown’s label, Southern Ground Artists.


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Here is the lineup for this festival set for Thursday through Sunday, June 21–24, at Country Jam Ranch in Mack. Four-day and single day general admission tickets available at Bradley Petroleum Convenience Stores. Go to for ticket and camping information.


3:15 p.m., James Wesley

5 p.m., Collin Raye

7:15 p.m., Brantley Gilbert

9:30 p.m., Chris Young


1:30 p.m., Brian Davis

2 p.m., Chad Warrix

3:15 p.m., The McClymonts

5 p.m., Jo Dee Messina

7:15 p.m., Luke Bryan

9:30 p.m., Trace Adkins


1 p.m., Marshal Reign

2 p.m., Jessie James

3:15 p.m., Western Underground

5 p.m., LoCash Cowboys

7:15 p.m., Sonia Leigh

7:15 p.m., Blackberry Smoke

7:15 p.m., Zac Brown Band


1:30 p.m., Mark Chesnutt

3:30 p.m., Jerrod Niemann

5:30 p.m., Justin Moore

7:30 p.m., Charlie Daniels Band

9 p.m., Blake Shelton

The Zac Brown Band isn’t coming to Country Jam alone. It’s bringing special guests Blackberry Smoke and Sonia Leigh with it on Saturday, June 23.

Both acts are part of Zac Brown’s label, Southern Ground Artists. In a recent phone interview, Leigh talked about her experiences knowing the Zac Brown Band and making a name for herself in the music industry.

Melinda Mawdsley: You are coming to Country Jam as a guest of the Zac Brown Band. What does that mean?

Sonia Leigh: It means we get to play in front of a lot of their fans, which we are excited about. We all look up to those guys. When it’s a festival outdoors, you want to make sure you keep the crowd and music up, especially if you are a new artist and no one’s familiar with your music. We’ll try to pump (up the crowd.)

Mawdsley: Is there a particular song of yours that does the job?

Leigh: “Ribbon of Red” seems to be making everybody jump around. We get into it and when the crowd sees you get into it, they relax. When the artist is making you comfortable, the crowd is more apt to (be comfortable.) It’s kind of like when you smile, you’ll see people smile.

Mawdsley: How did you get connected with the Southern Ground label?

Leigh: I knew Zac before he got any kind of radio play. He had a place called Zac’s Place (in the Lake Oconee area of Georgia), and we met and became friends and fans of each other’s music. When things started happening for him, he asked me to be part of his label. It was a baby start-up label, so it took its time.

Mawdsley: Any apprehension joining a start-up label?

Leigh: The only reservation was I didn’t want business to come in (the way of our friendship.)

Mawdsley: Was it hard breaking into the industry?

Leigh: Oh yeah. You have to be willing to get doors slammed in your face. To me, I always felt like doors (slamming in my face) kind of led to other doors. Just because one thing didn’t work out in an area, another door would lead to another opportunity. In the industry, everything can be an opportunity if you keep your eyes open.


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