Elon Alum Jenny Leigh Freeman is a Contestant for “The Next” TV Show

Video and story by Luke LeSourd and Stephanie Petrich

Elon University alumni have been making national headlines in the past couple of months for their achievements after graduation. Jenny Leigh Freeman, a 2006 graduate, is the latest alumna to be in the spotlight. Freeman is an aspiring country singer and a contestant on the CW’s “The NEXT,” a singing competition showcasing undiscovered artists.

Scouts from “The NEXT” discovered Freeman earlier this year in Baltimore. Freeman is well known in the Baltimore area as a talented country singer. Freeman’s popularity in the Baltimore area might have helped her land a spot in the competition. The show differs from other reality singing competition shows because it seeks out talent instead of holding auditions.

She will be competing for fans’ votes on Sept. 20 during the fan vote episode of “The NEXT.” While she was at Elon University she was a part of Twister Measure, a co-ed a capella group, and Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Both organizations are spreading the word through social media to get current students to vote for Freeman on the upcoming episode.

She has always had a love for music and has big dreams of becoming the next big country superstar. Since graduating she has been trying to break into the country music world while working in marketing for Under Armour in Baltimore.

Freeman may be far away from Elon University, but students and alumni still on campus are helping to spread the word.

The Fat Frogg, a local bar and grill, will be helping to support Freeman by hosting a live viewing of “The NEXT” on Sept. 20. Peter Ustach, co-owner of The Fat Frogg, said he read about Freeman in the Pendulum and contacted Freeman’s sorority about promoting her. Ustach has a lot of mutual friends with Freeman and is excited to support an Elon University alumna.

“Our biggest thing is getting the most people out to vote on their phones,” Ustach said.

The Fat Frogg plans to stream “The NEXT” on all their TVs and use the loudspeakers so fans can cheer Freeman on from Elon University. The local bar and grill hopes students will come out to celebrate Freeman’s success and move her to the next round of the competition.

President Lambert, Elon University’s President, is also promoting Freeman’s success. He used social media to congratulate Freeman on her success and encourage the Elon University community to support her on “The NEXT.”

If Freeman makes it past the fan vote episode she will move on to the next round of competition in Los Angeles. Contestants on the show are mentored by successful music artists and have the chance to increase their stardom. Winning “The NEXT” competition will give Freeman the opportunity to achieve her dreams through a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

The support from Elon University has shown current students just how much the university is willing to support student’s endeavors.  The message that graduating seniors hear at graduation rings true in the support the university has recently given to alumni. You may leave Elon University, but Elon University will never leave you.


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