Teen musicians set to perform Tuesday
Published 12:00 am Friday, July 29, 2016
LaGRANGE — Pure Life Teens will perform a concert at LaGrange’s Pure Life Studios on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. The young singer-songwriters have spent the summer collaborating on original music and they have combined their talents to provide unique performances of many well-known favorites.
The first Pure Life Teen group met last summer and played to a sold-out audience. Under the direction of Pure Life owner-operator Maggie McDonald, the members were encouraged to work with each other to create original songs and enhance their individual styles.
“We want to provide this space to allow teens to gather, practice, share ideas and collaborate with like-minds,” McDonald said. “There is an excitement that comes from slowly putting them on stage and watching them bloom.”
The performers range from artists taking the stage for the first time to experienced musicians, like the members of the band Cult Classic.
“I have written about love and loss, happiness and fear, breakups and new beginnings,” said Grace Braswell, one of the teen artists. “The one thing that I want people to take away from my music is to be able to feel what I feel and what I have felt. I think this is so important in music.”
Other performers include William Quinlan, Ryan Boyd, Laegan Smith, Liam McDonald, Alaina Magee, Maggie Lehman and Cult Classic, made up of Jory Marshall, Evan Newsome, Will Roberts, Liam McDonald and Michael Bailey. All of the music is live and played by members of the group.
In addition to encouraging young artists to work together, McDonald connects with other local artists to help facilitate and enhance the opportunities available for the group.
Many of the members are already working together on the August production of “13 the Musical” at New Horizon Theatre in West Point, under the direction of Amy McDow, Lafayette Theatre Academy coordinator, and McDonald.
“I am so honored to be a small part of what Maggie is providing for musical artists in this area,” McDow said. “One thing I have learned while working with teenagers, is that anytime you provide an environment that fosters creativity, you should be ready to be amazed.”
McDonald hopes to continue using Pure Life Studios to provide this resource for youth and expanding their opportunities by working with other local organizations.
The Pure Life Teens are performing on Tuesday at Pure Life Studios, 206 Clark St. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with limited seating. Tickets are $5 at the door. Reservations can be made by calling Maggie McDonald at 706-443-4838 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.