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Recording artist, Steve Moakler to perform at ECU, proceeds benefit anti-trafficking efforts

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    Concert to be held in Hendrix Theatre on April 23and is open to the community

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GREENVILLE, NC— East Carolina Abolitionists, a campus organization, is bringing Steve Moakler, a Nashville singer-songwriter to raise awareness about modern day slavery. All of the proceeds will go to Love 146 an organization that provides restorative care to victims. The concert is at 7 p.m. on April 23 and is free for students and $10 for non-students.

“We feel really privileged to be able to host such a big event, and we’re looking forward to a great concert and hopefully raising a lot of money for Love146. Steve shares our passion to see slavery end, and we are thrilled to partner with him for this fundraiser,” said Ryann Lievens who is the president of EC Abolitionists.

23-year old, Moakler has been actively fighting against human trafficking for three years and has partnered with anti-trafficking organizations consistently. Moakler has toured with Dave Barnes and Ben Rector; he’s also written with artists Luke Laird and Matt Wertz. His music has been compared to that of John Mayer and Matt Kearney.

Tickets are available at the central ticket office in Mendenhall Student Center at East Carolina University. Donations will be collected at the event. The hour-long concert will also include short video clips about the benefiting organization and human trafficking.

For more information about Steve Moakler, visit his website at www.stevemoakler.com. Visit https://www.facebook.com/EastCarolinaAbolitionists for information about the concert and the ECU organization.

About EC Abolitionists  

ECU organization that advocates change by promoting awareness of, raising funds to combat, and taking action against human trafficking and slavery.

      Media Contact:

Ryann Lievens

Concert Organizer

336.692.8932

lievensr10@students.ecu.edu

 

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Mechanicsville native making album

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  Mechanicsville native making moves toward album

’10 Atlee High School graduate launches kickstarter to fund first full length project due in the summer

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GREENVILLE, N.C.— Travis Huff always dreamed of making an album. He’s on the right path. With 300 shows with his band Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic and multiple music competition wins— he is closer than most. He’s also 20.

“I’ve wanted to make an album even before I could play saxophone and now my dreams are coming true. Life becomes a little bit more beautiful when we work hard for our goals every day and don’t give up when we fail,” said Huff.

Like most dreams, they come at a cost. The band launched a kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects, in late February.  They must raise $12,021 by April 20. Their project has already been featured as a staff pick on Kickstarter. Huff plays the saxophone and trombone.

8-hour practices through late March will lead to recording in early April. The album is due in summer 2013 and will be produced by Ian Schreier from Manifold Recording in Chapel Hill, N.C.

 Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic is a five-member, instrumentally flexible band that has a jazzy feel with soulful vocals and big-band era horn solos. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, blues, funk and folk.

“We always get excited about each new opportunity that comes our way. We always face things head on and use everything as a learning experience,” Huff said.

During his time in Atlee High he was a part of the marching band, district and all state bands as well as the Greater Richmond Youth Wind Ensemble Jazz Band. He was also on the swim team and a member of the honor’s society.

Huff is going to East Carolina University and is double majoring in Music Education and Music Composition.

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Kinston native making moves toward album

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Kinston native making moves toward album

 ’11 North Lenoir High graduate launches kickstarter to fund first full length project due in the summer

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GREENVILLE, N.C.— Connor Mangold always dreamed of making an album. He’s on the right path. With 300 shows with his band Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, and multiple music competition wins— he is closer than most.

“I really can’t express just how excited I am to be a part of this process. Having grown up in a small town like Kinston, recording an album is an experience I never thought would be possible for me,” said Mangold.

Like most dreams, they come at a cost. The band launched a kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects, in late February.  They must raise $12,021 by April 20. They have already been featured as a staff pick on Kickstarter. Mangold plays the trumpet for the band.

8-hour practices through late March will lead to recording in early April. The album is due in summer 2013 and will be produced by Ian Schreier from Manifold Recording in Chapel Hill.

 Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic is a five-member, instrumentally flexible band that has a jazzy feel with soulful vocals and big-band era horn solos. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, blues, funk and folk.

“This past year has taught me that the connections you make, the wonderful people you meet, and the long-term goals you set for yourself when you’re in college are just as valuable as the material you learn. You don’t have to let your financial status or your background define who you are or what you do,” Mangold said.

During Mangold’s time at North Lenoir High, he was Senior Class President and President of the Honor Society. He also helped start the Environmentalist Club and the Chess Club, and was a part of the marching band, concert band and the art club. Mangold also sang in the Glen Baptist Church Choir and volunteered at an after school jazz program for Kinston Community Council for the Arts.

Mangold is going to East Carolina University and is double majoring in Music Education and Music Composition.

Chapel Hill resident making an album

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                     Persida Montanez

mphillipsmusic@gmail.com

 919-443-5302

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Chapel Hill resident making moves toward album

’11 Woods Charter graduate launches kickstarter to fund first full length project due in the summer

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CHAPEL HILL, NC— Matt Phillips always dreamed of making an album. He’s on the right path. With an EP recorded and produced from Manifold, 300 shows with his band Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, and multiple music competition wins— he is closer than most. He’s also 20.

“Ultimately, the success or failure of this project depends on community support. But, because of the rich music scene in the Triangle and the strength of smaller communities like Woods, we’re confident that we’re going to be able to raise the money to make it happen,” said Matt Phillips.

Like most dreams, they come at a cost. The band launched a kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects, in late February. They must raise $12,021 by April 20. They have already been featured as a staff pick on Kickstarter.

8-hour practices through late March will lead to recording in early April. All songs are composed and arranged by Phillips. The album is due in summer 2013 and will be produced by Ian Schreier from Manifold Recording where Phillips interned after high school.

 Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic is a five-member, instrumentally flexible band that has a jazzy feel with soulful vocals and big-band era horn solos. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, blues, funk and folk. Phillips is the lead vocalist and plays the guitar, piano and harmonica—depending on the song.

“We’ve spent our entire career trying to find a way to make a studio-quality full length album. This is ‘it’ for me. And, though it’s been a long road to this point, I couldn’t be happier about the production choices we made,” Phillips said.

When Phillips is not playing with his band, he teaches an enrichment class and substitutes for teachers at Woods Charter and gives private lessons.

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Local band making moves toward album

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Local band making moves toward album

Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic launches kickstarter to fund first full length project due in the summer

For immediate Release

GREENVILLE, NC—The members of Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic have always dreamed of making an album. With an EP recorded and produced, over 300 shows and multiple music competition wins— they are closer than most.

“Ultimately, the success or failure of this project depends on community support,” said Matt Phillips.

Like most dreams, they come at a cost. The band launched a kickstarter, a platform to fund creative projects, in late February. They must raise $12,021 by April 20. They have already been featured as a staff pick on Kickstarter

 Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic is a five-member, instrumentally flexible band that has a jazzy feel with soulful vocals and big-band era horn solos. The music is a mix of pop, jazz, blues, funk and folk.

“We’ve spent our entire career trying to find a way to make a studio-quality full length album. This is ‘it’ for me. And, though it’s been a long road to this point, I couldn’t be happier about the production choices we made,” Phillips said.

8-hour practices through late March will lead to recording in early April. The album is due in summer 2013 and will be produced by Ian Schreier from Manifold Recording in Chapel Hill. When not playing in venues locally or throughout the state, band members are attending East Carolina University or furthering their musical careers.

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Pirate News Network

Multiplatform journalism has emerged during the last 10 years with the mobilization of newspapers to the web, social media, and the convergence of print and television news. Published writing and experience in different kinds of media is imperative to finding a job in the journalistic field.

Pirate News Network (PNN) is an avenue for journalism students to have their writing showcased and for students to learn more about their roles in the newsroom. PNN includes a website and a news show.

The PNN website is an extension of the show produced by broadcasting students through which they write the story accompaniment to their news package. It’s also for displaying the work of students in other courses including Investigative Reporting

“It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Tucker-McLaughlin. “We emphasize multiplatform journalism in so many classes and we didn’t have a place where we could truly exemplify the online component. Now I feel like we can have the complete curriculum.” Dr. Tucker-McLaughlin came up with the idea of a website for students to publish their work last school year.

Dr. Brian Massey teaches Investigative Reporting and helps manage the site. He said, “Pirate News Network will reward superlative work from our journalism courses. It’s a great teaching tool. It will show students how to function in today’s multiplatform media,”

The site, which is already on the web with sample articles, includes tabs for news, features, sports, multimedia and special projects. There are several articles posted from the spring semester. Although the site is already up for the public to view, it will be expanded and updated later this semester.

Students in Editing and Producing the News act like desk editors for both the newscast and the website. Instructors will submit outstanding articles and well-produced news packages. The articles and news packages selected will then be reviewed and fact-checked. The PNN show will be broadcasted via Ustream and Campus 31. The show will also be posted on the PNN site and on YouTube.

While PNN is experimental this semester, Massey hopes that PNN is published more than twice a school year. For the moment, Massey and McLaughlin are playing with the websites’ design, the PNN banner and getting their students up to speed on what their roles are as multiplatform journalists.

The goal for this semester is to get PNN going Massey said, since the site is new to the School of Communication. “We hope that the Pirate News Network will be visited by faculty, parents, the community, students and be a storehouse for good writing,” Dr. Massey said.

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