Kristen Leigh Bearfield

Raised in the Appalachian mountains, Kristen grew up with the sounds of gospel, bluegrass, and country music all around her. Kristen Leigh Bearfield studied at Liberty University and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a major in Marketing Communications and a minor in Bluegrass & Country Music Studies. Early proponents of her musical endeavors included her great Uncle Clarence "Tater” Tate, who played bass and fiddle for the great Bill Monroe for many years. 

Kristen has worked with a variety of artists, including: Country & Gospel Music Hall of Fame Member - Jimmy Fortune, The Zac Brown Band, Rosemary Siemens, Emily Ann Roberts and Darin & Brooke Aldridge. Kristen tours full-time as a member of the band HighRoad. The band has been together for eight years and was GRAMMY Nominated together in 2019. The band is the 2023 AGM Female Group of the Year.

Music has led Kristen to perform in several different countries around the world, and on hallowed stages such as at The Grand Ole Opry at The Ryman, The Country Music Hall of Fame, a Gaither Homecoming Concert Series, MerleFest, the National Quartet Convention, and at the IBMA World of Bluegrass.

Kristen was a Top 10 Nominee for the Singing News "Soprano of the Year" in 2022. Her Christmas radio single featuring  Jimmy Fortune debuted at #11 on the Southern Gospel charts, and all three of her latest radio singles were featured on WSM Grand Ole Opry radio's morning show. 

Her most recent radio release with Brooke Aldridge, "Heaven's Getting Sweeter Each Day", debuted in the TOP 10 on radio charts for December 2023. In January-February 2024, it has reigned as the #1 Song on the "Mountain Bluegrass" and "Real Southern Gospel" Radio charts for multiple, consecutive weeks. 

When she is not touring or writing music, Kristen can be found serving on the International Bluegrass Music Association team based in Nashville, TN. She is also the newly named columnist and host of the Singing News "Faith, Country & Bluegrass" series. 

Kristen is endorsed by BlueChip Picks, Fishman Amplification, Eastman Instruments, Cedar Creek/ TKL Cases, D'Addario, and River Trail Mercantile.