Kailey Abel to present songwriting course and concert for second annual Performing Arts Series


WILBURTON, OK (Feb. 7, 2018) – Eastern Oklahoma State College’s Music Department will host singer-songwriter Kailey Abel as part its second annual Performing Arts Series. The Series will include a songwriting workshop and concert.

Abel will present a songwriting course Friday, March 2 at 2 p.m. in the Johnnie Wray Theatre in Pratt Hall in Wilburton. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 3 at 6 p.m., Abel will present a concert in the Student Center Ballroom in the Tourtellotte Student Center in Wilburton. Concert tickets start at $15 and are on sale now.

Abel is widely recognized for her appearance on the 2016 season of American Idol when she was only 15 years old. During auditions, the Conway, Arkansas native wowed judges with performances including Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender.” Abel was eliminated during she show’s Hollywood rounds but did not let that stop her from pursuing her musical dreams.

After Idol, Abel was named a top-five finalist in the 2017 Guitar Center Singer-Songwriter Competition for which she was chosen out of nearly 10,000 contestants during a national competition at West Hollywood’s iconic Troubadour Club. Currently Abel is advancing her career as a musician and has recorded her first album, which will be available soon.

Dr. Brandon Hendrix, Eastern’s director of instrumental and choral ensembles, said that during the free songwriting course, attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with Abel as she shares her song-crafting knowledge.

“It is an honor to welcome singer-songwriter Kailey Abel for our Performing Arts Series,” said Hendrix. “Kailey’s musical roots go back to her time as a youth worship leader in her church, similar to many of my students. I hope our students and guests use the opportunity to work with her and realize that humble beginnings do not have to determine their outcome.”

Tickets to Abel’s concert are on sale now with general admission tickets available for $15, if purchased prior to Friday, Feb. 23, and $20 after. For an additional $5, tickets may be upgraded to VIP with front-row seating while supplies last. The show will be opened by the Oklahoma Kids and Eastern Expressions, Eastern’s student-led popular music band. Other VIP perks include a signed poster, souvenir lanyard and meet-and-greet with Abel after the show. All tickets include a free appetizer bar and access for two children under six years old.

The Performing Arts Series was established in 2016 as a scholarship fundraiser for Eastern students. The goal of the series is to expose Eastern students and the community to high-quality live performances that will stimulate their minds, enhance their cultural knowledge, and excite their emotional engagement in learning. The event is sponsored by the Latimer County Tourism Trust Authority and all proceeds are directly applied to student scholarships.

For more information on these events, the Performing Arts Series or to purchase tickets, contact Hendrix at bhendrix@eosc.edu or 918-465-1790. More information on other Series events will be released at a later date.

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