Greenlight’s Jam N Java event gives GGC students an opportunity to showcase their musical artistry and spoken word talents. On Thursday, Sept. 10th, students gathered inside Starbucks for this semester’s open mic night.
Jam N Java takes place twice each semester with hopes of giving students a chance to share their talent with their peers on campus. From cover song performances to original pieces, many students participated in the event.
Student Involvement Coordinator, Torrez Wilson, was there at the start of the show to welcome guests and encourage students to sign in to perform.
“Jam N Java was introduced to the campus in 2014 by the Greenlight Activities Board.” said Wilson “Although it is important for us to provide opportunities for students to be involved on campus, it is also important for students to be actively engaged.”
“Jam N Java provides students with the opportunity to be free to express themselves,” said Wilson “Many students have feelings that have built up inside of them over time, and Jam N Java allows them to conquer their fears and release those feelings in a setting in which they won’t be judged. It also proves how diverse and talented our students are.”
The MC for the night was renowned poet, Abyss, who is one of HBO network’s Def poets. Abyss kicked off the show with the most important ground rule of the night: “No disrespect to any of the performers that get on stage.”
For some of the students this would be their first time performing in front of a crowd. Annie Thomas was among the student performers. She played guitar and sang her cover medley of UK superstar Sam Smith’s “Lay me down” and former YouTube star Tori Kelly’s “All in My Head.” As her set came to an end the crowd erupted with cheers and applause.
“The feeling was so surreal,” said Thomas. “I was so nervous before I got up there but when I did I used my emotion in the lyrics to overpower my fear of being on stage. It was an amazing experience.”
Other pieces included a brother-sister duo, more covers, and a few original pieces from the host.
The event was a success and students who did not have an opportunity to perform this time but would like an opportunity to be involved can look forward to the next one scheduled for Nov. 12.
By Ciera Freemen