Majoring in music business and minoring in audio/video/cinema production at Anderson University, junior Hailey Earp has a passion for worship ministry and the lives that can be touched through song. “I am very interested in both the production aspect of worship, as well as the music,” said Earp.
Surrounded by music since a young age, Earp began singing in her church and fell in love with worship. Through connections she made at church, she was encouraged to pursue a career in music, and her passion has grown even more since she set foot on AU’s campus three years ago. “There are so many cool things that are going on in the music industry, and I want to be a part of it,” said Earp.
It was not until junior high when Earp’s music career reached the next level. While her father, a member of the United States Armed Forces, was away on a long tour in Iraq, Earp decided she would learn to play guitar as a surprise for him when he returned. “Even when my dad returned, I couldn’t put the guitar down,” said Earp.
This year, Earp competed in Hoosier Idol, a singing competition structured similarly to the popular television show American Idol. While Earp did not win the competition, her participation brought exposure to her talent and allowed her to network with the judges.
Reagan Grubbs, worship arts pastor at The Bridge Community Church in Anderson, Ind., encouraged Earp to audition for Hoosier Idol in order to gain presence in the local music scene. “I have known Hailey for about two years,” said Grubbs. “I have worked with many artists over the years, and I rarely meet people that ‘have it.’ I believe that Hailey does, and I cannot wait to see what she accomplishes in the future.”
Andrew Camp, a 2010 AU graduate, knows Earp through watching her perform in many different arenas. “Hailey was one of the clear frontrunners after the first week of preliminaries during Hoosier Idol,” said Camp. “She is very dedicated to her music, and when you watch her perform you understand her passion.”
Hoosier Idol is not all Earp has participated in to help advance her career and further her knowledge of the music industry. Through attending and leading worship at The Bridge, Earp has made connections that have the potential to help advance her career. “I have created a very important connection with the singing group Cook & Belle,” said Earp. “It is very important to network in the music industry, and Cook & Belle are a great group of people to have on my side.”
Although Earp is constantly busy with school, work, and pursuing her passion in music, she always takes the time to remind herself what it is about music that she truly loves. “This past summer I worked in New York City leading youth groups around the city while they were doing missions work,” said Earp. “There were times, after a long day and a debrief, I would lead a worship session for them.”
Earp’s true joy lies in uniting people together in worship. In the future, Earp hopes to continue in that vocation through working in churches as a worship pastor. “I have such a passion for music, and I want to involve it in my life in any way I can,” said Earp. From playing in subways to playing in churches, Earp’s love for music and the affect it can have on people is what drives her to continue on her musical path.
— Hannah Schumacher is a senior from Bluffton, Ohio, majoring in communications arts and writing. Schumacher 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 of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students 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 University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.