Our student spotlight for October is music business, senior, Sydney DeVoe!
Q: Introduce yourself! What are you studying? Where are you from? How did you choose Lee?
A: I am a senior studying Music Business and Jazz Studies with a vocal emphasis from Birmingham, Alabama. I was introduced to Lee by my vocal coaches who are all Lee alum, and they brought me to visit campus for the first time when I was sixteen. I remember feeling an instant peace that I was where I was supposed to be.
Q: What ensembles are you involved in?
A: Since coming to Lee, I jumped right into different ensembles to diversify my musical portfolio. I have spent the past five semesters traveling with the Ladies of Lee and singing with our Small Jazz Ensemble. In the past year I joined Handbells to push myself outside of my comfort zone, and I’m so glad I did! I instantly loved the community and atmosphere within the group to work together to create excellent music.
Q: What was the recording project you worked on?
A: I recently worked on a demo with songwriter Mike Bridges and producer Randy Miller. When I first heard about the project, I coordinated with Mike to learn about his vision for the song, and after I felt confident with the material, I met with Randy in the studio. We ran the song a few times and patched different places to create the best sound possible. I’ve worked in the studio recording background vocals in the past, but it was a completely new experience recording as the solo vocalist. Randy was excellent to work with and even though I walked in fairly nervous, he encouraged and motivated me right from the beginning. We both walked away very proud of the final product.
Q: Are there any specific ways the music business program at Lee has prepared you for this experience?
A: The music business professors here have helped prepare me for opportunities like this by having high accountability and expectations for their students. After graduating, I aspire to create a company invested in writing and producing music to uplift and impact people.I’m so thankful for this experience in my musical and academic journey at Lee!