Nelly’s Echo, season three contestant on The Voice and a self-published music artist, will be playing a concert on WTAMU‘s campus on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
Nelson Emokpae currently has two albums out. His third will debut in a few weeks, but listeners can listen to the two singles that he has released. His spring tour, the I Love You Tour, has just recently begun and consists of many different college campuses.
“I’ve been blessed to showcase in several different regions,” Emokpae said. “Through these showcases I’ve been blessed to book at several colleges over the country.”
Emokpae decided to embark on his music career wholeheartedly a few years ago when he quit his full time job.
“Music has always been my calling,” Emokpae said. “I have always gravitated toward music. I’ve always wanted to be able to travel the world, but it wasn’t until I had this epiphany one day. I’m living the dream.”
Nelson got his start in Baltimore where his manager discovered him. They met in 2007 and have had a lasting relationship since.
“I met Nelson in 2007 when I was a Student Programmer at Stevenson University in Baltimore,” Joe Enste, Nelson’s manager, said. “I was booking a local music series for our campus and found him playing at a local coffee shop in Baltimore city. From the moment I saw him perform, I knew there was something special about him.”
The concert will be held in the JBK Legacy Hall with an all new sound system and lighting system to enhance the experience.
“I love Legacy Hall. It is the most beautiful, spacious room,” Stephanie Brackett, assistant director of Student Activities, said. “This is the first concert we’ve done here and I can’t wait to put that sound system and lights to work.”
The free admittance is a benefit to not only the students on campus, but also to the rest of the community as well.
“It is free to anyone. It’s a good way to get Canyon High students on campus and possibly recruit new students,” Brackett said. “It’s a good opportunity for a lot of different people to come together.”