Singing in Anderson University’s Chorale, playing in local coffee shops, and leading worship in chapel are a few things Kristen Bennett enjoys doing on a regular basis. Bennett, a music business major with an emphasis on voice, is enjoying a boost to her career thanks to a music website’s exposure.
“I picked up a guitar when I was a freshman in high school and, later that year, I decided to take voice lessons,” said Bennett. After her discovery of music, Bennett never stopped. “I love writing my own music,” said Bennett. “It is a form of indie-folk-pop with some jazz inspiration.”
When deciding to continue her songwriting and singing, she wanted to be a part of a community that enhanced her talents. “I get a lot of opportunities because of AU and it has been a really good fit for my music,” said Bennett.
Bailey McBroom, a junior music business major and one of Bennett’s close friends, says she respects Bennett for the kind of music she writes. “I love the way she takes time on her lyrics and, through that, produces songs that touch everyone,” said McBroom.
As Bennett began to produce new music, she had the opportunity to be part of a project at Iron Wing Recording Studios. When Bennett’s friend Brandon Weaver, who is also the owner of Iron Wing Recording Studios, invited her to record a live music video, she jumped at the opportunity. “The video was a part of a series to promote the studio, which was called Iron Wing Live Music,” said Bennett. From there, Weaver contacted cincymusic.com to see if they would feature his work.
Cincymusic.com. is a website dedicated to the music scene in Cincinnati, Ohio. They promote national artists visiting Cincinnati, as well as local and upcoming musicians who are from the area. “This was a great medium to help get my talent discovered for people in the area,” said Bennett.
Charlene Bryant, a friend of Bennett’s and the manager at The Underground music venue in Cincinnati, has watched Bennett perform and saw this as a great opportunity for others to notice her talent. “I think it is a huge accomplishment for an artist to be recognized in any large media publication,” said Bryant. “You can only go up from there.”
The video that was released featured Bennett’s original song, “Thirty Seven Six.” It has given her great exposure to talent agents in her local area. “The video itself has had more impact, so I am extremely grateful that the website could get it out to the public eye,” said Bennett.
Bennett recognizes the importance of her video being featured on the site but continues to stay humble. “This is just another stepping stone in my music career that encourages me to push forward,” said Bennett. The Underground had Bennett perform in October of 2012 and was extremely pleased with what they saw. “I appreciate Kristen’s professionalism, and most importantly, her spirit,” said Bryant. “That girl is a shining beacon of light anywhere she goes and most definitely has the ‘it’ factor.”
Bennett has high hopes for her future, and many others see the spark of accomplishment in her as well. “In five years, I see her signed to a major label releasing an amazing album, while even having the opportunity to open for big acts like The Lumineers,” said Bryant.
Bennett expressed that she is extremely thankful for all the opportunities she is given and wants to continue to travel with her music. “As the summer rolls around, I would love to do a Midwest tour,” said Bennett. “Other than that, I will continue to write music, travel, and do more shows.”
— Katie Wenclewicz is a junior from Dayton, Ohio, majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Wenclewicz is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications..
Anderson University is a private Christian university in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God (Anderson, Ind.), Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.