Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


November 12, 2013

Spirited singer cuts loose with music

Band's second EP just released


Last summer the musicians recorded videos of three of the tunes, one in Greenwood, the others closer to Batesville, including the Hillindale Commons woods. The videos will be released one at a time on the band’s YouTube channel.

Roper recounts, “The guitarist and I met and wrote music together for the first time in mid-October of last year.” In that session, they completed writing a whole song. “It was so bizarre how quickly it came together. It was obvious we had great writing chemistry and we both knew we wanted to continue working together immediately. From there, we started to recruit a drummer, keyboard player and bassist.” She explains, “Our band does not necessarily like to choose one overall leader; we work as a team. Everyone has different responsibilities that are all separate, but equal.”

Vocally, the ambitious young woman came late to the party. “I have always enjoyed singing. Throughout grade school, I participated in the various choirs offered in the Batesville school system, and I always loved it. However, my voice did not truly start to blossom and show promise until I was in college. I started to take vocal lessons with various coaches at the IU Jacobs School of Music, and my singing ability took off almost faster than I could keep up with. It was so exciting and unbelievable ...”

The 2011 Batesville High School graduate says, “If I had to guess, I should probably thank my dad for the hereditary aspect of my music abilities .... However, I have found that work ethic is truly just as valuable as natural music capability in the industry and I inherited my determination and perseverance from both of my parents.”

Can Roper make music a career? She vows to keep pushing forward and see. “Music is my dream and I channel all of my energy into making it a reality.” Personally, “my goal is to release a solo project record around wintertime.” In addition to vocals, her primary instrument is piano. She can also play the ukulele and a little bit of guitar. The entertainer confesses, “I want to learn to play the harp more than anything.”

Text Only
  • nws - bv072914 - kids kick drugs (new) 'You can say no' to drugs About 50 youngsters participated in the Southeastern Indiana YMCA’s Kids Kick Drugs program July 26. Master George Dwenger (a person receives the title of Master after completing the 4th Degree Black Belt) told the youngsters, “First and most importa

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - muething RAA gave theater founder his start When John Leo Muething was 5 and living in Batesville, his three older siblings and parents, Dr. Steve and Meg Muething, starred in the Rural Alliance for the Arts production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” but, much to his dismay,

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv070814 - jeffers West Point graduation Jeffers savors West Point experience Tom Jeffers, a 2010 Batesville High School graduate, recently graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point. The Fort Sill, Oklahoma, resident is the son of former Batesville residents Tom and Kathleen Jeffers, Alexandria, Virginia,

    July 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv062714 - STEM - sara bauer Students learn valuable STEM skills Two area students attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point’s Middle School STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Workshop June 2-5.Alexandra Cottingham, Batesville, daughter of Rebecca Krieger Cottingham and Michael Cottingham,

    June 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • nws - bv062014 - Eckstein family Cancer hits home for local family Cancer survivors and those who have lost their fight with the disease will be honored during the June 21-22 Ripley County Relay for Life. One local individual who will be remembered is Mark Eckstein, Batesville, who worked for the Batesville Water an

    June 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv061314 - Wilson, Alex Wilson explores CIA and Ukraine Next month in Chicago, Alex Wilson will start working as an investment banking analyst at Bank of Montreal (BMO), doing financial analysis and modeling for a group within the Capital Markets division. The 2010 Batesville High School graduate just ear

    June 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv060614 - Betts in Scotland Student helps mastermind museum exhibit Tomorrow Alex Betts, a 2009 Batesville High School graduate, will be standing at a museum door in England, welcoming his family (parents Bill and George Ann Betts and brothers Jairus, 19, and Arno, 14) to an exhibit he helped create. "Diving into Dur

    June 6, 2014 3 Photos

  • nws - bv051614 - McDonough speaking Detective recalls working with Princess Diana BROOKVILLE - Rich McDonough has had an exciting career as a private detective, working for various celebrities and political figures. He told the story about one of his most memorable clients, the late Princess Diana of Wales, on April 16 as part of

    May 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv050214 - Kreinhop, Bertha with book Cancer battle recounted in book

    May 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • nws - bv041814 - Harley, Bill (entertaining) Students sing along with Harley

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo