By Cody Hill, Staff Writer
Students captured the hearts of the audience with their stories told through original songs at Barefoot’s Joe Open Mic Night, Nov. 11.
Chamara Hamilton-Corley, freshman music education major, sang about love.
“I had a great time expressing myself,” Hamilton-Corley said.
Hamilton-Corley said performing at Open Mic Night allows her to convey to other students how much she loves singing and songwriting.
Trey Wise, sophomore philosophy major, and Ellen Cline, sophomore art major, sang an emotional duet about a soldier experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder following war.
“That song hit home for me,” said Hannah Ross, sophomore special education major. “Even though I have never been in a war, I understand the sentiment, having suffered from PTSD myself.”
Emily Maggard, sophomore elementary education major, said, “It was new for me to see my fellow students expressing themselves through personally written songs. You could really feel the emotion in the songs.”
In addition to original songs, the show showcased the talents of several students who played unique versions of popular songs.
Kyle Dwyer, sophomore youth ministry major, performed an acoustic version of “Heartless” by Kanye West.
“This open mic was a lot better than the ones I have attended in the past,” said Renee Marshall, sophomore biblical studies major.
In addition to Open Mic, Barefoot’s Joe hosts several other events throughout the academic year. The next event is an Apache Relay concert at 7 p.m. on December 3.