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Jessica Faith Wishard (left to right), Kailey Mathis and Brittany McGee are the 2016-17 GRAMMY U officers.

GRAMMY U officers elected for 2016-17

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Officers for the GRAMMY U chapter at Delta State University have been elected for the 2016-17 year.

Kailey Mathis, a junior entertainment industry studies major from Madison, Mississippi, was elected as this year’s president. Jessica Faith Wishard of Monticello, Arkansas will serve as vice president. Brittany McGee of Ecru, Mississippi will serve as secretary/treasurer.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17-25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because GRAMMY U is part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

In setting the vision for this year’s group, Mathis said, “ I hope to see our current and new members participate more within our chapter and in our community. A big thing we want to implement this year is group service projects around the community. We are planning some projects to help local charities, sing at the nursing homes, and also make efforts to help clean the Delta State campus and some streets in Cleveland.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, 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 information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Delta Music Institute student Jessica Faith recently recorded a music video as a winner in the 2014 GRAMMY® Amplifier Center Stage contest.

DMI student wins national GRAMMY contest

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Delta Music Institute student Jessica Faith rocked the competition recently after being named one of three winners in the 2014 GRAMMY® Amplifier Center Stage contest thanks to her song “If I Told You.”

Faith, a freshman from Monticello, Ark., impressively took home the victory after going up against nearly 2,700 contestants. The platform allows musicians to share tracks via SoundCloud for a chance to have their music shared online by a panel of musical icons.

Amplifier Center Stage selected the three winners based on the number of online social media shares and likes — or “amplification.”

The winners will now be awarded with one of the following prizes, to be determined by contest organizers: a recording session with a leading GRAMMY producer; production of a music video with a noted producer/director; or an opening act performance slot on a major tour or music festival.

“It was amazing when I got the call and they told me I was one of the winners — I didn’t think it was real at first,” said Faith. “I’m really grateful for everybody helping me out by listening and through shares and likes. That’s what made it all possible.

“I don’t know yet which prize I’ve won, but any one of these is an amazing opportunity, and I have you to thank for it.”

Faith, known for her unique voice and inspiring piano melodies, has been writing songs and performing for about four years. She came to Delta State after being impressed with the opportunities available at the Delta Music Institute.

“It’s been a great experience at the DMI so far,” she said. “I’ve already had the chance to be involved with a lot of cool stuff, and the people are great.”

She released an EP of original songs entitled “Wallflower” in September of 2013, the same month in which she was a featured performer at the GRAMMY U Kickoff Party in Memphis.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17 and 25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry.

Tricia Walker, director of the DMI couldn’t be happier for Faith’s victory.

“The DMI is so thrilled Jessica has been chosen as one of the three national winners in the GRAMMY Amplify contest,” said Walker. “Jessica is a very talented musician and songwriter — and she showed a great deal of perseverance in working her social media fan base during this promotion.

“She’ll bring some great recognition to Delta State and our entertainment industry program. We’re so happy for her!”

To follow Faith’s progress, visit http://jessicafaithmusic.wordpress.com. To learn more about the Delta Music Institute, explore http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/dmi-delta-music-institute-homepage.

Visit www.grammyuamplifier.com to hear what Faith was up against.

 

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GRAMMY U chapter hosts toy drive

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In conjunction with “A Mississippi Delta Holiday,” the GRAMMY U chapter of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University will be hosting a Toys For Tots Drive through Dec. 8. Toys may be dropped at the following locations on campus: H. L. Nowell Student Union, Zeigel Hall, the Delta Music Institute and in the lobby of the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC).

GRAMMY U members will be located in the BPAC lobby to receive new toys for children before the 3:00 p.m. performance of the “Mississippi Delta Holiday” show on Dec. 8. All toys received will be donated to children in the local area by the Marine Toys For Tots Foundation. GRAMMY U members are sponsoring this event as a service opportunity.

GRAMMY U President Amber Foster, a native of Belzoni, said, “The Toys For Tots drive hosted by GRAMMY U is important to me because when I was growing up, I always tried to give to kids I knew didn’t have much. This is a way for the students in GRAMMY U to give back to the community.”

The Marine Toys For Tots Foundation was founded in 1947 when Marine Major Bill Hendrick, USCR and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children. The pilot project was so successful that the Marine Corps adopted Toys for Tots in 1948 and expanded it into a nationwide campaign.

Please keep in mind that Toys for Tots only takes new, unwrapped toys. For safety reasons, video, DVDs, CDs and video games must be sealed and shrink-wrapped. Toy weapons of any kind (squirt guns, cap guns, play swords, etc), gift cards, food or candy cannot be accepted for Toys For Tots.

The GRAMMY University Network (GRAMMY U) is a unique and fast-growing community of college students who are pursuing a career in the music industry. The Recording Academy® created GRAMMY U to help prepare students for careers in the recording industry through networking, educational programs and performance opportunities.

The members of GRAMMY U look forward to working with the Marine Corps Toys For Tots Foundation to help Delta area children have a Merry Christmas.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. in Music 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://dmi.deltastate.edu.