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Tuesday August 14th 2018

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Leisurely and In the Round

By Kate Peterson

Two Nashville musical acts, currently touring together, are coming your way to perform a special holiday concert – in the round. Jessica Campbell and Carolina Story are both acoustic musicians with folk vocal styling. This is their second appearance at The Leisure Club in downtown Pensacola.

“They are both a part of the Music City Unsigned group and often tour together,” said Denise Berry, co-owner of The Leisure Club. “They perform acoustic ‘in the round.’ They came through in July and were incredible.”

Carolina Story is a duo from east Nashville, not your run of the mill musicians. They pride themselves on not being mass-produced. Ben and Emily Roberts met while in school at Visible Music College in Memphis, Tenn. They have two records under their belt and have toured all over playing in places that people need music the most, like homeless shelters, and nursing homes. You can catch them yourself and enjoy their beautiful sound.

“Jessica and Carolina Story came through on their ‘Traveling Troubadours’ tour this summer and shared their wonderful songs and personal stories at The Leisure Club,” Berry said. “We are fortunate to be hosting them again and want more people to have the opportunity to enjoy their music. Providing a venue to highlight diverse talent and voices is part of the original vision we had in opening TLC. For us, events like this are the highest use of our space and you can really feel the positive energy when it all comes together.”

IN caught up with Jessica Campbell just after a short road trip. Jessica is a goal oriented, sweet voiced singer, who has a lot of strength in her delivery. She is from a small town, Catawba near Ashville, N.C. She won “Best Song” in the respectable USA Songwriting Competition. Another accomplishment was getting a self-penned song cut by Gordon Mote, the two-time Academy of Country Music Awards Piano Player of the Year. She has made headway in the film and television arena by placing songs in ABC’s “Ugly Betty” and on the Canadian CBS show, “Heartland.”

IN: When did you figure out that singing and songwriting was your fate?
CAMPBELL: I was always a singer in church and performed the National Anthem a number of times at local events. I was interested in guitar all along, but spent time learning how to develop my singing. About five years ago, I learned how to play guitar and it really improved my songwriting. Being able to travel and do both is really a great experience.

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