Spring 2012 Courtyard Music Series

Eric Stephenian Karaoke Nights Sharaya
Levi Stephens Nazia Chaudhry Rachael Loy
Chris Cauley Jenn Grinels Nick Howard
Timbre Bishop Montana Skies


Joined by producer/engineer/musician Malcolm Burn and a select recording band, Eric Stepanian brings depth and rock and roll diversity to bear on the 12 songs of Goodnight Scarlett. After two successful band albums, Eric Stepanian steps out on his own with a gripping song cycle that wraps themes of love, loss and triumph in a sensuous musical palette with new CD, Goodnight Scarlett. It rocks a miracle mile, recalls melancholic memories like rotting rose petals, and ultimately finds release in redemption and self-acceptance. Eric has opened for Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, Rusted Root, Robert Randolph, Howie Day, Jack's Mannequin, Matt Nathanson and Cowboy Mouth. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Come sing your heart out to your favorite karaoke tunes or, if you are not much of a singer, come out and listen to the talented Georgia State student body. Cupcakes and coffee will be served. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
5:30 - 9 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


A perfect match to her tender disposition, her lyrics are refreshingly sweet. The epitome of vulnerability, she speaks frankly to the complexities of relationships that no twenty-something, or anyone else for that matter, can escape. This artist is practical and accessible, but also delightfully fresh. As gentle as Carly Simon and bold as Aimee Mann, Sharaya has been compared by her fans to the contemporary artists Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles. Sharaya’s latest single Far Field calls listeners both musically and lyrically to the roller coaster of the lovesick, to memory’s involuntary ride. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Discovering Levi Stephens’ music is like enjoying a surprisingly great meal at the local cafe you've passed a thousand times before finally deciding to stop in. You thought you knew what you were getting into, but this is something more. His debut album, “This Way” goes far beyond the confines of R&B and seamlessly melds a variety of genres, from soul to rock to gospel to folk. Like many artists, his musical roots began in church where Levi, like his father, sang and played the piano. Outside of the church, young Levi was exposed to artists like Stevie Wonder, Bill Withers and Donny Hathaway. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Nazia Chaudhry ("Naz") is a singer, actor and voice over talent. Naz’s extensive acting and music career has allowed her to share her passion for performance with children to dignitaries, and from large stadiums and concert halls to intimate jazz clubs. She toured both internationally and regionally with the group Jubilate, performing in concerts with Grammy Award-winning singer Bobby McFerrin, Latin Grammy Award-winning flutist Nestor Torres, actor/singers Clifton Davis and Harry Belafonte and Metropolitan Opera soprano Marvis Martin. Naz is releasing her debut jazz album in Spring 2012 and currently pursuing a master’s in jazz studies at Georgia State University. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Hard to pin down and hard to forget, Rachel Loy has always had it both ways: she's a sweet, petite blonde who sings heartrending ballads with an aching vulnerability, and she drives her electric bass like it's a pack of pit bulls. She rode the fleeting fame train with a major-label (Epic), Billboard-charting hit single (The Same Man) at the ripe old age of nineteen, and now, four years after making her mark, she's ready to be discovered again. Since graduating with honors from Berklee College of Music in Boston, she has recorded two full-length CDs, two EPs and has been touring the country. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Chris Cauley hails from Atlanta, Georgia and lives and breathes soul music. At a young age, Chris was exposed to legends like Earth, Wind, and Fire and Stevie Wonder. He began writing songs on his guitar and with the vocal influence of the aforementioned influences paired with a guitar, the industry began to take note of his unique sound. Chris was invited by Justin Timberlake's team to sit in on a private rehearsal in London with Justin and his band. He was then invited by writer/producer/director Tyler Perry to join the cast of his stage play "Laugh to Keep From Crying" on a U.S. tour. The play co-starred Chris as a graduate student who moved to the wrong part of town. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Jenn Grinels first earned her reputation around Southern California for her stage work. The award winning professional actress is well respected for her acting as well as her gorgeous set of pipes. The self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock, singer/songwriter” has been touring the country since October 2007, armed with only her guitar and copies of her album “Little Words.” Most recently she was awarded “Song of the Year” (West Coast Songwriters) for "Can’t Stay Here." Music from her latest CD, “Little Words” was recently featured on MTV. The San Diego Reader puts it best: “She is the real, talented epitome of today’s best indie music." Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Thursday, February 9, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Nick Howard is an award winning British singer/songwriter who achieved mainstream success with his critically acclaimed debut album "Something To Talk About," from which songs have been featured in TV shows and films and received heavy rotation across radio networks in the U.S. and in Europe. In the last two years, Nick has toured with artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Lifehouse, Jack Johnson, Boyce Avenue and Counting Crows. His single "A Better Man" broke into the U.S. radio charts which led him to be featured as an "Artist To Watch" by Clear Channel. Find out more at Nick's website. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Most widely known as the harpist collaborator with mewithoutYou and Anathallo, Timbre’s solo project is a unique musical experience. She combines the sounds of harp with a gentle soprano voice, often joined by her band on piano, cello, vibraphones, drums, and a choir, to create a moving and ethereal sound. With an impressive history on her instrument, Timbre proves that a classical education can bring a truly unique and cultured sound to modern music. She has won competitions on the harp throughout her career, including a Curb Sponsored Concerto Competition for the Nashville Symphony, and performed at Carnegie in April 2010. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Bred from the love of blues and folk, W.L. Bishop’s music finds itself at a stranded crossroads playing to the hum of crickets and power lines. Inspired by late nights turned early mornings and the longing for a comfort found only in salvation or lack thereof, his songs tell the stories of people far and long ago, as well as those of his own journeys. From the bluesy heart of songs such as Vegas and Old Man Williams to the traditional lyrical stylings of "Stories" and "Time and Days," his performance brings the audience close while keeping them on their toes. Visit Bishop's website for more information. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court


Jonathan and Jennifer Adams met while studying music at the University of Georgia in Athens, Goergia. The two assumed they would be performing classical recitals and great works for the cello and guitar; then, in one trip to the library to select music, their whole world of classical intentions came crashing down. Combining elements of classical technique, jazz, improv and the power and energy of rock ’n’ roll, Jonathan’s guitar wizardry and Jenn’s blazing electric cello combine to create a sound that is truly remarkable. It’s been called everything from chamber rock to psychedelic strings. Supported by Student Activity Fees. Free event! No ticket required. Open to all students, faculty, staff, and the public.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
12 - 1 p.m.
Courtyard Stage
Student Center next to Food Court

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