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CAB Event Brings Rising New Star

Students gathered Tuesday in Baird Lounge for a performance by acclaimed touring artist Tamara Bedricky.

Tamara (standing second from left) and CAB after the show

The event featured a solo acoustic and vocal set the by the rising new star with performances from her recently produced five track CD, "Through These Eyes." Her sound is a self described "musical marriage of melody and lyrics" that "expresses her emotions on heartache, love and life."

Bedricky has accumulated a number of awards for her performances including beating 2,000 applicants to be chosen as one of five up and coming female artists by the Pantene Pro Voice music competition. Bedricky has performed alongside popular Warner Brothers artist Michelle Branch in a televised concert from Central Park, New York. She has also been chosen as a finalist for Jewel's 2003 summer tour. A native of Detroit Bedricky appeared at the 2003 Detroit music awards as well.

The Campus Activities Board (CAB) sponsored event's intent is to bring a diversity of musical performances to campus. "We try to cater to everyone", CAB staff member and event co-organizer Matt Dalton reiterated, "the schedule for a Berea College student is extremely busy, so why wouldn't they want to sit down and relax with soothing music and a good cup of coffee. Not everybody is into the high energy performance."

CAB discovered Bedricky last year at the National Association of College Activities (NACA) conference in Cincinnati. After viewing Bedricky's performance, CAB staff member Sarah Troupe was particularly impressed and led the push to make her part of this years CAB events schedule. Further encouraged by last year's success of a similar coffeehouse concert by performer Brian Webb, CAB staff captured the opportunity.

Bedricky holds a degree form Oakland University in Detroit, but has discovered her real passion is to pursue her music career wholeheartedly. She has performed in Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City and has already toured the country playing similar college concerts. Her plans are to continue touring, hoping to eventually obtain her dream gig: playing at the Grammies.

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