Between June 1 and Sept. 1, 2005, Anderson University will be giving away a free Orangehaus CD to any 2006 high school graduate who applies to the university. The compilation CD features Orangehaus recording artist Unusual Mix as well as former Orangehaus artists Jon McLaughlin and Betsy Walker. “Nothing showcases the academic and spiritual vitality of the university better than the quality work of our students,” said Jim King, director of admissions for Anderson University. “Not only are these artists accomplished musicians, they are also intense believers carrying relevant message for their generation. We are excited to offer Orangehaus music to our prospective students."
In October 2002, Jon McLaughlin was the first artist signed to the Orangehaus label. With his classically trained ear and influences from Ben Folds and Billy Joel, McLaughlin has crafted his unique piano-driven rock style to create a unique sound. McLaughlin, a native of Anderson, Ind., graduated in May of 2005 with a degree in music business.
The newest addition to the Orangehaus family, Unusual Mix comprising of Mike Kinney, Dave Elwert, Mark DeLaVergne and Eric Spurlin, find spiritual guidance from God as a staple in their musical development as a band. The band, based out of Anderson, Ind., has spent the past two years creating an innovative contemporary worship experience with their music.
Armed with a keyboard, guitar and thought provoking lyrics, Betsy Walker brings a message of freedom and hope through her music. A native of Indianapolis, Walker is a 2004 graduate of Anderson University where she studied music business and church music.
Anderson University students influence every aspect of the new Orangehaus label—such as developing, promoting, marketing and booking student musicians. Although Orangehaus provides students the experience of working with an actual record label, the process is viewed as an academic experience. Students receive two credit hours per semester requiring them to attend regular staff meetings and carrying out assigned functions within the company.
Funding for Orangehaus was made possible through a $25,000 grant established by Dr. Glenn Falls, professor emeritus of business and economics, which annually awards a departmental initiative designed to make a specific program more distinctive. The Anderson University music business major includes more than 59 students and is the largest major in the Department of Music.
Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution of approximately 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, theology and nursing.