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Join the Delta Music Institute for a DMI All Access event featuring Rodeo & Juliet Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

Rodeo & Juliet scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, will host Rodeo & Juliet for their upcoming DMI All Access event. The event, free and open to the public, will be held Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A on the campus of Delta State.

Chris and Jan Harris — Rodeo and Juliet — have been producing, writing and singing for a wide array of artists for over 40 years, including Stevie Ray Vaughn, Loretta Lynn, Amy Grant, Kristin Chenoweth, Dolly Parton, Michael W. Smith, CeCe Winans and more.

Throw in 15 years of writing, producing and singing on hundreds of commercials, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, McDonalds, Transformers, Chick-fil-A and Southwest Airline. Additionally, they have raised two musically gifted sons while residing in the Music City — Nashville, Tennessee.

In 2008, the duo sold their farm and figured out a way to sing sweet, soul harmonies and formed Rodeo and Juliet. After spending time recording in the studio, they decided to work up 100 love songs and hit the road at the seasoned age of 55. They released a self-titled debut CD full of their timeless American roots music.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

For information about the DMI All Access event, call 662- 846-4579, or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

dUg Pinnick (left) and Scot “Little” Bilhman of the band Grinder Blues will be the featured guests for DMI All Access Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A.

Pinnick and Bihlman scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host award-winning blues/rock musicians dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bilhman as the second guests of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event takes place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A and is open to the public at no charge.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Pinnick and Bihlman are members of band Grinder Blues, which is completing a new recording at the DMI studios. Pinnick, a bassist, was formerly with the popular band King’s X. Along with Scot Bilhman, Grinder Blues also features Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman, Scot’s brother.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

 

DMI All Access hosted Jonathan Cain, left, of the super group Journey Jan. 27 at the Delta Music Institute.

Cain shines as DMI guest

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University recently hosted Jonathan Cain, GRAMMY nominated keyboardist/vocalist/writer for the super group Journey, as the first guest of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

“It was such a pleasure to have Jonathan Cain as our DMI All Access guest,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “The sense of gratitude with which he shared his career stories was refreshing, and I hope, inspiring for the students and guests in attendance.”

Cain joined Journey in 1980 and aided the group’s rise to the top with first collaborations on the album “Escape,” composing and playing the piano on songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin,’” as well as being the sole author of the classic Journey ballad “Faithfully.”

He went on to appear on 13 other Journey albums and compilations. Cain has received two BMI songwriter awards, both for songs co-written with Steve Perry, “Open Arms” and “Who’s Cryin’ Now.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

 

 

Jonathan Cain, GRAMMY nominated keyboardist/vocalist/writer for  Journey, will be featured at Delta State for the DMI All Access series Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A.

Journey musician scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host Jonathan Cain, GRAMMY nominated keyboardist/vocalist/writer for the super group Journey, as the first guest of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event is scheduled for Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A in the Whitfield Building. DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Cain joined The Babys in 1979 appearing on “Union Jacks” and “On The Edge” before leaving the group to join Journey in 1980. He aided Journey’s rise to the top with his first collaborations on the album “Escape,” composing and playing the piano on songs such as “Don’t Stop Believin,'” as well as being the sole author of the classic Journey ballad “Faithfully.”

He went on to appear on 13 other Journey albums and compilations. Cain has received two BMI songwriter awards, both for songs co-written with Steve Perry, “Open Arms” and “Who’s Cryin’ Now.”

In 1996, the Journey lineup from the album “Escape” reunited to record the album “Trial by Fire.” Cain remains a primary contributor with the band and was still recording and touring through 2012. In addition to his notable work with Journey, he has released eight solo albums and contributed to solo albums by fellow Journey member Neal Schon.

“We are thrilled to have Jonathan Cain as our first DMI All Access guest this semester,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “He will bring our students a unique perspective on his amazing professional entertainment career.”

The event is open to the public at no charge.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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DMI All Access presents summer intern experiences

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Four Delta State University summer interns and a student singer-songwriter in the Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry Studies program will be the featured guests for DMI All Access, a series of informal Q&A sessions featuring music and entertainment industry professionals.

The program is free and open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in DMI Studio B on the campus of Delta State.

Amber Foster, Horace Willis, Ben Murray, Harrison Downs Wood and Jessica Wishard all completed required internship hours at various locations during the summer of 2014. The internship experience is required of students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies at Delta State.

Murray of Sikeston, Mo. and Horace Willis of Arcola, Miss. both completed audio engineering hours at Walker Brothers recording studio in Missouri and Ardent Studios in Memphis, respectively.

Wood of Huntsville, Ala. worked as an intern at the Paradigm Agency in Nashville, Tenn., and Foster of Belzoni, Miss. worked as the primary intern for the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy under executive director Jon Hornyak.

All of these students gained valuable real-world experience under the supervision of professionals in the industry.

“This internship taught me all aspects of booking and prepared me to excel in my career field after,” said Wood. “I was honored to represent the DMI this summer at Paradigm.”

Foster agreed that summer interning was a highlight of her educational experience.

“Interning for the Recording Academy was a dream come true,” said Foster. “Being able to get a true insight of what the music industry is like was all I could ask for, and I’m even more in love with it than I have ever been.

“Performing and having to make hard, fast decisions made this the most advantageous internship. It was too cool, and I hope to work with this organization sometime in the future.”

Also featured will be Jessica Faith Wishard, one of three national winners in last year’s GRAMMY Amplifier Center Stage contest, who claimed her prize by going to Nashville to participate in a professional video production of her original song, “Without A Fight.” The video was produced by Deaton/Flanigan Productions and will premiere in October.

“Winning the GRAMMY Amplifier contest has given me so many great opportunities,” said Wishard, a sophomore from Monticello, Ark. “I’m so lucky to be able to say that I’m already living the dream.”

The public is invited to come and hear the experiences of these students firsthand at DMI All Access on Sept. 8.

The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University. Its mission is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industries.

For more information about the program, contact the DMI office at 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.