Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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November 12, 2013

Spirited singer cuts loose with music

Band's second EP just released

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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.”

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