Country comes to town
Recent contestant on ‘The Voice’ to headline Coffehouse show
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 00:09
MSC Town Hall will feature the semester’s first professional headliner Thursday as part of its free Coffeehouse Series.
Coffeehouse will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the MSC Flag room. After open mic concludes, Savannah Berry, a country artist from Houston and recent contestant from the TV show “The Voice,” will perform at 7 p.m.
“[Berry] was on team Blake and she’s really good,” said Brittany Kaczmarek, senior nutritional sciences major and Coffeehouse executive. “I have a feeling she’ll do really well here with her talent and type of music. I’m really excited about this one.”
Berry performed in June at the Grand Stafford Theater in Bryan and said she is looking forward to immersing herself in the campus’ student life.
“I just thought it would be a great venue to try out,” Berry said. “I think it would be really fun to hit the college scene since most of my friends are in college.”
At the age of 13, Berry began taking vocal lessons and performing on stage.
“Ever since I was really little, my grandma would pick me up and put me on the coffee table and I would sing for everyone,” Berry said. “I just always loved singing growing up.”
Throughout season four of “The Voice,” Berry said her performances were typically bigger productions with a full band, but for Coffeehouse, she will just have her guitar player and drummer along.
“I think it’s going to be great and a lot of fun,” Berry said. “I think we really like to get creative with the acoustic shows since it’s so laid back. You just get to kind of do your own thing up there.”
In addition to being a singer, 18-year-old Berry plays guitar and writes her own lyrics. She said her experience on “The Voice” opened a lot of doors, including providing the opportunity to have a one of her most recent singles produced by Kristian Bush of the country band Sugarland.
This semester, Coffeehouse will alternate between student spotlights and professional headliners.
“Coffeehouse started as a student open mic and then it slowly transitioned to hiring professionals coming in to do headlining, so we’ve been kind of juggling both,” Kaczmarek said. “I kind of wanted to see which students wanted more.”
Jack Kelly, senior bioenvironmental sciences major and Town Hall chair, said the organization would like to bring a wide range of music to Coffeehouse this semester in efforts to appeal to the varied music tastes of students. Kelly said he thought students would respond well to Berry’s music.
“In the past, Town Hall has always brought the indie-rock type of band because they’re very accessible,” Kelly said. “To get a name like Savannah Berry in a genre like country is something that can help diversify our genre while still having a name recognition of someone like a ‘Voice’ contestant.”
Berry said after the show, she will stay in the MSC to hang out and visit with the students.
“It’s really cool to talk with people and answer questions about the show and talk about what’s next,” Berry said.