FAU's Red Album Concert Features X Factor Contestants

If you're a County Grind reader, you know that Boca Raton is teeming with musical talent. The Florida Atlantic University label Hoot/Wisdom Recordings captures many of these PBC voices, putting out songs by collegiate musicians and even catering to the X Factor crowd. For instance, Alex Kinsley and Sierra Deaton, a couple and contestants on the show, are former FAU students who worked with the owly, student-run label.

Tonight, at FAU's the Burrow, formerly known as Coyote Jacks, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings will present performances by the X Factorites, Grace Kimmel, Chris Aiello, and Erica Morgan. Kimmel is a sophomore singer studying commercial music and is in the process of writing an EP. "My style is similar to that of Ingrid Michaelson, along with a dash of jazz, pop, and soul," she explains. "Because I play the guitar, my songs tend to focus on the acoustic atmosphere."

Needless to say, Kimmel is pretty optimistic for tonight's event and even promises surprises. "Expect wonderful and musical things," she says. "I plan on bringing in some extra vocals to add harmonies. I will be playing some material I am working on, and I'll definitely throw in some fun cover songs that the majority should be familiar with."

Hoot/Wisdom Recordings will release the CompOWLation Vol. 3 compilation October 25, showcasing the school's brightest musicians. Kimmel is grateful for the opportunities the label offers. "It's a wonderful stepping stone for an aspiring musician like myself. It has definitely broadened my fan base," she admits. "I find it really exciting to have so many different genres of music infused on two amazing albums!"

CompOwlation Vol. 3: Red Album Concert, 7 p.m., Thursday September 26, at the Buttow, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, Admission is free and open to the public. Call 866-328-6957, or visit Facebook.

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