In 1998, Leigh Shockey became the Chairman & CEO of Drexel Chemical Company, a successful manufacturer and international distributor of agricultural chemical products.
In 2018, expanding her lifelong love of music and the recording industry, Leigh founded Melody Place LLC, a record label & music publishing company headquartered in Nashville, TN. She has since spearheaded numerous projects spanning multiple genres, with an ever-growing roster of established and emerging artists.
With a deep knowledge of all sides of the industry, Leigh studied live show production and studio engineering, working alongside her dear friend and music mentor, David Gest, as he produced shows with some of Motown’s brightest stars: The Stylistics, Dennis Edwards and the Temptations, Peabo Bryson, and Lamont Dozier… As well as, assisting on ‘Soulicious’ an album, recorded in Memphis, by the great Cliff Richard.
Leigh is also actively involved in her Memphis, TN community at every level, through appointments and board positions. Locally including, ‘Memphis in May International Festival’ (Serving her 2nd time as Chairman in 2023) and supporting the ‘Beale Street Music Festival’ for over 20 years, ‘AutoZone Liberty Bowl’, and the ‘Greater Memphis Chamber.’ Leigh also started the ‘Regional One Med Gala’ over 10 years ago… which continues today, to sell-out crowds every year!
In support of her State, she is a board member of the ‘TN Chamber of Commerce’, is Chairman of the ‘West Tennessee District Export Council’ and served on the ‘Tennessee Board of Regents’… Internationally, Leigh proudly served as Honorary Consul to Canada in Tennessee 2014-2022.