BC Students Perform at Open Mic Night
On Feb. 13 BC students shared their talents through music and poetry.
February 21, 2012
The RA-hosted Open Mic Night on Feb. 13 gave students a chance to show their singing talents by either performing their own songs or singing karaoke.
Psychology major Morgan Jefferson was BC’s Valentine’s Open Mic Night emcee.
The first entertainer was biology major J.D. Taylor, who sang Mariana’s Trench’s, “Good to You,” and dedicated the song to his girlfriend, senior communications major Casey Palmer.
Grant Thomas Performs at Open Mic Night
Grant Thomas, a student from San Diego, Calif., was the next “Valentine” to perform, with “In Love,” a song he wrote and dedicated to his girlfriend, Kristen Slade.
“This is a very emotional moment and makes me want to cry,” said criminal justice major Katie Lawson.
Cody McCarty, Brittany Walters, and Elisabeth Wilson sang , “Hallelujah.”
“There’s a funny story behind this,” said McCarty. “I was originally going to do this song, but they were going to do it, so we decided to do it together.”
The trio’s song choice had some students worried.
“It’s a hard song to pull off, but they did,” said Angel Hackney, a student from Grundy, Va.
After the “Valentines” performed, the karaoke began.
Interdisciplinary Studies majors Kristen Slade and Kalyn Dolan started off the karaoke by singing Gavin Degraw’s, “Not Over You.”
“Somebody’s not over somebody,” said Jefferson with a wink.
The Mic Night went from karaoke to poetry with Lydia Freeman reciting her poem, “Practical.”
“Practical” is a poem in which Freeman talks about living a life that isn’t practical by having a career as a writer and adopting seven children from seven different countries.
In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Jefferson asked for a single man to come to the stage and Cody McCarty was that lucky man. Once on stage, Jefferson recited McCarty a poem.
“Roses are red, Violets are blue, I’m black and there’s no going back,” said Jefferson.
Next to perform “Body in a Box” by City and Colour, with his acoustic guitar and harmonica, was Shawn Howell.
“I didn’t realize this was a Valentine’s thing and I’m singing a song about death,” said Howell.
McCarty sang again, this time choosing DecembeRadio’s “Drifter,” solo.
“I didn’t do this song until a couple of days ago and my friend Pip [Pattison] wanted me to do it,” sad McCarty.
Criminal justice major Benjamin Scearce was the next karaoke singer, and he sang Brooks and Dunn’s “Believe.”
“This is a country song and we are going to do this right,” said Scearce, as he traded his baseball cap for a black cowboy hat.
Slade and Dolan found the stage again when they performed “Switzerland,” a song Dolan, a BC women’s tennis player, wrote for Rodger Federer, her favorite professional tennis player.
After BC took a trip to Switzerland, Jefferson wanted another single man to report to the stage. Mathematics major Bobby Courtney was Jefferson’s lucky man, but Courtney hesitated to come.
“Come on up, Bobby,” said Jefferson. “It’s okay; I’m just chocolate, it’s Valentine’s Day, so why not?”
Like before, she recited the single man a poem.
“Roses are red, violets are blue, my heart is red and belongs to you,” said Jefferson.
Tehilla Johnson, De’Marco King, and Jonathan Penn sang Adele’s “Someone Like You” and “Rolling in the Deep.”
Music major Josh King sang the karaoke version of “Feeling Good,” by Michael Buble.
“This is for anyone who is feeling good,” said King.
Brad Schmitt, from Blacksburg, Va., danced and sang to “I Love You.”
“This song is dedicated to all you people out there who love because I know we all love,” said Schmitt.
Not all students were feeling the love.
“This is kind of creepy…no really creepy,” said one student.
J.D. Taylor and Caleb Bittler sang along to the karaoke version of “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge.
Penn and Johnson performed again, this time under their stage names, “Ike and Tina,” as they sang “Rolling on the River” by Tina Turner.
“They do a really good job of playing the role of Ike and Tina Turner,” said Lawson.
De’Marco King and Zack Breland performed John Mayer’s,“Dreaming with a Broken Heart.”
Pip Pattison and Morgan Jefferson sang along to the karaoke version, “Baby,” by Justin Bieber.
Pattison sang karaoke again with softball player Lacie Helms. Pattison and Helms sang Glee’s version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing.” Slade and Dolan won third place and a $20 Wal-Mart gift card. Johnson and Penn came in second place, winning a $30 Wal-Mart gift card. Scearce was the first place winner and won a $40 Wal-Mart gift card.
“That right there is a country singer,” said Jefferson.