Karlstad, Minn., musician nominated for 2 Midwest CMA awards

“It’s your emotion. It’s your soul,” Leigh said. “No matter if you’re writing it or just listening to it, it’s solely where people can relate to it.”

Now her dedication and passion is paying off.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Leigh will be at the Midwest CMA Awards in Medina, awaiting the results on two nominations: New Artist of the Year and Music Video of the Year for her song “Give Me a Minute”.

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The video was shot entirely in the Brainerd Lakes area, where her family has a cabin.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” said Leigh. “Honestly, no matter what comes from it, I’m totally floored just to be nominated.”

Supporters like her family say the recognition proves taking a leap of faith to follow a dream is worth the risk.

20-year-old Dariann Leigh is up for two Midwest CMA awards. (WDAY)

The 2017 graduate, from a class of only 14 students, first went to the University of North Dakota before following her dreams. Leigh’s mother, Lori Wikstrom, said she could tell it wasn’t truly what her daughter wanted. So when Dariann asked to come

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