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UPC music series brings South Carolina singer to UNT

UPC music series brings South Carolina singer to UNT

UPC music series brings South Carolina singer to UNT
October 10
10:55 2013

Tricia Sims / Intern

Loudly playing her Fender guitar, stomping on the stage and singing her soul out, Kyshona Armstrong captured the eyes of passing students.

Tuesday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in front of the Business Leadership Building, the UPC held a music series featuring Armstrong, a solo artist from South Carolina.

“It’s actually something we have been doing for a while,” said Jessica Lopez, a finance sophomore and Live Arts coordinator. “The coordinator before me did it and it seemed to be something that people really enjoyed.”

The organization saw and booked Armstrong at the National Association of Campus Activities, which showcases acts anywhere from magicians to musicians and bands.

“She just had a really great sound. She was different from some of the other musicians we were booking this semester and we were trying to get a variety,” Program Coordinator for the UPC Molly Orr said. “Students are getting exposed to a different type of music, a different artist.”

Before becoming a solo songwriter, Armstrong was a music therapist for about 10 years, working with at-risk youth in the prisons.

“I got burnt out,” she said. “So life just situated itself and it was easy to tap out. I was just going to do contract work as a musical therapist and someone contacted me about preforming for college shows and just going on the road solo. I tried it out for about half a year and I thought ‘this works’ and this is three years later.”

She still tries to make a difference in people’s lives through music today.

“I honestly love the feeling of sharing my story or someone else’s story and actually connecting with somebody,” Armstrong said. “To have somebody come up to me later or not, but knowing that this song that I may have written in what somebody needed to hear or might connect with someone you know.”

The atmosphere of the event was stress-free due to its location and time frame.

“You will have some that will just sit there and hang out, but then some will be like oh what’s this music and sit and enjoy it for a little while,” Orr said. “If students are walking back from class, they need to just sit and relax for a bit, and we provide that for them.”

With 70 college shows last year alone, Armstrong’s performing schedule varies from all over the central and eastern regions.

Kyshona Armstrong and Philip Scheidt perform for students outside of the Business Leadership Building on Tuesday. Photo by Cody Ward / Contributing Photographer

“Tomorrow I am in Austin, but it doesn’t always work out like that,” she said. “But that is kind of the fun of it all. Being in a completely different region and seeing a completely different landscape. We were just in the mountains and now look how flat it is. That part I enjoy, I can be in three different states or regions in three different days.”

After changing careers, college kids have a special place in Armstrong’s heart.

“I enjoy being around young people who are thriving to learn and finding themselves,” she said. “Love to tell them that ‘You have no idea where you will be 10 years from now’ and being able to let them know ‘It’s okay, that’s part of life and it’s all about what makes you happy.’  I enjoy helping them take the stress off ‘what am I going to do in four years,’ don’t worry about it, it will be alright.”

The upcoming UPC Music Series will feature UNT digital retailing junior Kelsey Henry in the afternoon from 12:30 to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Kyshona Armstrong performs at the Business Leadership Building on Tuesday. Feature photo by Cody Ward / Contributing Photographer 

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