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Kali Rodgers ’17 - VALE’s New Recording Artist
04.24.15 |
VALE Records, Lebanon Valley College’s own student-run record label, welcomes Kali Rodgers ’17 as their new recording artist.

Rodgers auditioned along with three other acts to be the new artist at the VALE Records Showcase in February. The Artists and Repertoire division of VALE Records selected her, and she signed her contract later that month.

“It feels amazing. It is truly a dream come true,” said Rodgers of her new opportunity. “I am surrounded by incredible musicians, and I am so blessed to have this opportunity to grow and learn in my talent. I hope to become more well known and relate to people through my music. I hope to gain more experience in performing and finding out who I truly am as an artist.”

Rodgers, a psychobiology major from Lewisberry, has been musically inclined since childhood. She has played the piano since the age of seven and has recently started learning the ukulele. On campus, she is a member of the Concert Choir, the newly established Jazz Choir, and Sigma Alpha Iota, the professional women’s music fraternity at LVC. Rodgers was first drawn to The Valley for the friendly people, familial atmosphere, and beautiful campus, but cites her musical involvement as a wonderful bonus.

“I have sung since I could talk. My hairbrush and I have performed in front of my mirror since I was just a little thing,” said Rodgers. “It’s been my dream to perform on stage. I have tried out for the show ‘The Voice’ and ‘American Idol’ twice, I sing at weddings and church, and have performed many other places to continue to try and pursue my dream of singing for people.”

A number of campus songwriters submitted original songs to VALE Publishing, which takes charge of the label’s music catalog. Rodgers has a hand in helping to choose which songs she records with VALE Records, as well as giving input during the writing process. In the future, she hopes to learn to write her own music and play the guitar.

As each song has a different producer, a variety of LVC musicians and engineers will be called upon to assist in recording the EP. The marketing, social media, sales, and publicity groups in VALE are creating advertising, marketing, and sales plans for the record.

“This is an incredible way to learn about the process,” said Rodgers. “It will be a good experience to see how things work in the industry, to see how it would be if I were to ‘make it.’”

Current recording artists that influence Rodgers’ own musical style include Ingrid Michaelson, Sara Bareilles, Adele, and Lana Del Ray. Folk, blues, and jazz are genres Rodgers cites as her favorites to perform.

“I’m really into unique kinds of voices. I can have a choir-like sound, but when I’m just singing for fun, I feel like I have a unique and bluesy timbre,” said Rodgers. “I want my music to evoke emotion. Feel-good and relatable music, Sunday-drive, sing-along music, that’s what I picture.”

Rodgers' CD release is intended for ValleyFest weekend in late April. A premiere performance by Rodgers will also be featured that weekend, as she will be one of the openers for the ValleyFest headliner We Are In The Crowd on April 25 at 8 p.m. 


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