The Stories of the Upstate™ #324: (Rob Seel) "I share a birthday with Frankie Valli

                            Our 324th story comes from Upstate architect and musician, Rob Seel.


"I like to think I have a superpower, I can see things that aren't there," Rob Seel, Upstate architect and musician told us when describing his work as an architect.  It's all about seeing potential and making it become a reality.  The Clemson grad said history inspires him in his architecture and in his music.  He told us that you have to know where you came from to know where you're going.  

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #323: (Josh Sproelstra) "I was an adrenaline junkie and daredevil as a teen."

The lead teaching pastor at Clemson's Downtown Community Fellowship, Josh Sproelstra brings our 323rd story.


"I want to practice what I preach and preach what I practice," said Josh Sproelstra, lead teaching pastor at Clemson's Downtown Community Fellowship.  Josh told us that this idea of practicing what he preaches was the result of following the example of his professors in seminary.  He said many of his professors were also active in ministry, chaplains and pastors.  They were putting to practical use what they were teaching and this made a lasting impression on him.  Josh also told us that one of the joys he has with his ministry at Downtown Community Fellowship is that the majority of those who attend are Clemson students so he is able to bridge academia with the church.

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The Downtown Jam™ #33: Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley

Once a month, 3 to 6 local singer songwriters walk into a secret location in downtown Greenville.  They only bring their guitars, their stories and their original songs.  They play an entire free concert.  We record it and play it back for you on-demand 24/7 beginning the second Wednesday every month.  We call it "The Downtown Jam™" and it's another way to thank you for listening and subscribing to "The Stories of the Upstate™  #gvlmusic

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #322: (Mike Cruice) "I grew up a good Irish Catholic boy."

                         Story #322 comes from Mike Cruice, owner of

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"I am always looking to help people," said Mike Cruice, owner of  
For 26 yrs, helping people was pointing them to Christ and addressing their spiritual needs as a pastor with Hampton Park Baptist Church.  Now, he helps folks looking to move to the Greenville area learn all they need to know about this amazing place we all call home.  With, Mike takes folks on a three hour tour of Greenville, Mauldin, Simpsonvile, Taylors and Travelers Rest, showing them the history and vision of Greenville County.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #321: (Joshua Jones) "In 2006, I was in the Top 30 on American Idol."

                          Greenville filmmaker and musician, Joshua Jones delivers our 321st story.


"When you have a beautiful shot on screen and just the perfect music that goes along with it, it will just give you goosebumps and that’s what I want to create," is how Joshua Jones describes how two of his passions come together.  Joshua is a musician, playing guitar and singing since high school and going as far as the Top 30 on American Idol.  He is also a filmmaker with Brando Jones Films.  Joshua's been making shooting videos and small films for years on cell phones, but made a serious commitment to film making when he sold his motorcycle and a PA system to buy a professional movie camera and equipment. 

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2018 July 4th Weekend Music Special

We all enjoy summer and celebrate our freedoms many different ways and this July 4th weekend, we're celebrating with the music of Upstate South Carolina singer-songwriters found on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher app). We are presenting many local musicians who have played their original songs on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast.  Enjoy and celebrate the Upstate music scene by hearing some of the most creative and talented artists in our community right now.  Like our Facebook page @ and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #320: (Gwen Pollard) " When I was a teen, I was probably the hardest kid my parents had to raise."

                 Story #320 comes from Gwen Pollard with Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers


6,341 Hawaiian shirts have been deployed so far.  U.S. military men and women deployed overseas open a box to find a brightly colored Hawaiian shirt with a Thank You note in the pocket, and some snacks from home bringing them the joy of knowing we, here at home, are thinking of them and supporting them.  Gwen Pollard began Hawaiian Shirts for Deployed Soldiers in response to a request from her son and now people all over the country join her through her Facebook page and donate shirts, snacks and cash.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #319: (Leonard Pitts) "My twin brother and I had a dance group when we were teens."

                                         Gaffney entrepreneur, Leonard Pitts shares our 319th story.


"It all boils down to time management," is how Leonard Pitts describes entrepreneurship and Leonard should know.  Friends call him a serial entrepreneur and owning a real estate investment company, a real estate development company, a credit repair business, a moving company, a paving company, a tree service and a consulting company, as well as being a contractor for HUD definitely fits the title of "serial entrepreneur."  When we asked Leonard what is the key to success for a serial entrepreneur, he said,"Make a plan.  It doesn't have to be an elaborate plan, but it has to be tangible and written down."

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Stranger's Love"

On the second Wednesday of each month on Stories Of The Upstate™ we launch a free concert, the Downtown Jam, for your smartphone, computer or tablet with local singer-songwriters and their original songs.  #gvlmusic

Here’s a JAM Extra™ Bonus Exclusive from the June 13, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on or the Stitcher app to get free access to all episodes – interviews and free concerts known as “The Downtown Jam™” - from “Stories Of The Upstate™” now.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #318: (Roxanne Cordonier) "As a teen,I was all the boys’ friends, but never any of their girlfriends."

                            Story #318 comes from Roxanne Cordonier with Emrys Foundation.


"Poetry is the most difficult and most beautiful form of writing," according to Roxanne Cordonier with Emrys Foundation.  Roxanne wrote poetry growing up but had sat that aside as her career led her into radio (in the Upstate with My 102.5 FM).  Attending poetry groups and workshops with the Emrys Foundation got her back in touch with her poetry and made her a better writer.  Nurturing a culture of writing is what Emrys does; nurturing a culture of reading and writing through classes work shops, public book readings and open mic nights.  

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The Stories of the Upstate #317: (Carl Sobosinski) "Growing up, I spent a lot of time baling hay and feeding baby calves."

                         The President of Table 301 Restaurant Group, Carl Sobocinski brings, our 317th story.


According to Carl Sobocinski, President of Table 301 Restaurant Group, "Dining out is about three things: the food that's on the table, the service we are given and the ambience."   In his role with Table 301, he focuses on the service and ambience, but he did spend a year and a half in the kitchen so he could be knowledgeable about the culinary aspect of his restaurants.  What might surprise folks is that TV's Mike Brady played a major role in Carl being here in Greenville.  Inspired by the father of the Brady Bunch, Carl wanted to be an architect and followed that dream to Clemson University.  It is Greenville's very good culinary fortune that Carl did not continue down the architecture path, instead choosing to bring our community the outstanding dining experiences of the restaurants of Table 301.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #316: (Tyler J. Pearson) "My childhood was baseball, fishing, dogs and listening to music in my bedroom."

                            Our 316th story comes from Easley singer-songwriter, Tyler J. Pearson


Music was a personal escape from extreme teenage shyness and awkwardness for Easley SC singer-songwriter., Tyler J. Pearson.  Tyler told us that only his family knew he played music.  Now, he says playing music is therapeutic, "These thoughts, these emotions, these words, these ideas and perspectives are constantly swirling around in my head so to let these songs out is somewhat refreshing and therapeutic."  Pop music, esp. Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie with their mesmerizing hooks were great influences for Tyler's music which often starts with just a hook.

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