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

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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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The Stories of the Upstate™ #315: (Lauren Stephens) "I learned to spell by jumping rope."

             Lauren Stephens,  Salvation Army's Director of Social Ministries, shares our 315th story.

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Lauren Stephens, Greenville's Salvation Army's Director of Social Ministries told us, "For many marginalized people, there are multiple days in a week where no one even says their name and merely addressing them by their name is encouraging."  She says that showing people respect allows them how to use it in starting over.  Lauren told us that an encounter with a boy with holes in his shoes that she met in a Judson Community day camp when she was in college that committed her to a life dedicated to helping people.  

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The Downtown Jam™ #32: Charles Hedgepath, Tyler J. Pearson, Samuel Kruer and Kelly Jo.

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 ™ #314: (Ryan Heafy) "One year for Valentine's Day, I bought carnations for every girl in my high school, 430+ girls."

                                         Story #314 comes from Ryan Heafy with GVLToday

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What makes a mechanical engineer who's familiar with Black Hawk helicopters work on a community promoting digital platform?  For Ryan Heafy, it's his passions  Ryan told us that economic development, work force development and community growth are his passions and GVLToday allows him to realize those passions.  GVLToday strives to engage and educate the community, not only on economic development or community growth in general, but also how we all can be active participants in our own positive future.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #313:(Taylor McCall) "When I was first learning to play guitar, they had me playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb" but I wanted to play Ozzy Osbourne."

                             Easley singer-songwriter, Taylor McCall shares our 313th story.

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"My music is bits and pieces of the artists who inspire me and all the genres of music that have influenced me," is how Easley singer-songwriter, Taylor McCall describes his music. This collection of influences and inspiration explains why his music fits in a variety of musical style: alternative country, folk music, folks rock and alternative.  He says that he's striving to create music that has depth and meaning.  

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The Stories of the Upstate #312: (Teresa Hough) "I was the female James Dean in high school, a definite rebel."

                  Our 312th story comes from the Executive Director of Ballet Spartanburg, Teresa Hough

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"Ballet is music in movement, interpreting music through dance," says Teresa Hough, Executive Director of Ballet Spartanburg,  While Teresa loved to sing and dance as a child, her career path wound through the education field rather than the theater.  She told us that her 24 yrs as a first grade teacher were invaluable preparation for her current job at Ballet Spartanburg. The organizational skills, focus and interpersonal relationships that were basic necessities for teachers aid her running Ballet Spartanburg where dance education, outreach programs occur alongside the professional ballet performances.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #311: (Taylor Correll-Greer) "Being a part of my high school marching band turned me into a social butterfly."

                     Taylor Correll-Greer, the owner of Events With Taylor brings us our 311th story.

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"I carry stress well, " answered Taylor Correll-Greer when we asked him why we should have him plan an event for us.  He wants his clients to leave the organizing and the stress to him and simply show up to their event and enjoy it.  Ten years working in the restaurant industry and a couple years working for a Charleston, SC horse and carriage company helped prepared Taylor to start his own business, Events With Taylor.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #310: (Brad Phillips) "I played guitar in several bands when I was in high school."

                                       Story 310 comes from the owner of Studio 101, Brad Phillips

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Brad Phillips, owner of Studio 101, attributes a lot of his success in producing music to his education at Nashville's Belmont University, not just the classes, but the hands-on experiences with studio sessions, music publishers and internships he had.  He was able to get a well-rounded and practical education that has helped him take an artist's tiny, rough idea of a song and with the artist, create an amazing final product, a polished song that brings joy to the artist when they hear it.

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2018 Memorial Day Weekend Music Special

We love to celebrate local music on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast (iTunes, Stitcher app).  This Memorial Day Weekend is no exception.  We are presenting many local musicians who have played their original songs on Stories Of The Upstate™ Podcast.  Enjoy a dip into the Upstate music scene by hearing some of the most creative and talented artists in our community right now.  Like our Facebook page @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

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.  Like our Facebook page @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

The Stories of the Upstate™ #309: (Andrea Huerta) "Sharing The Andy Griffith Show and root beer popsicles with my grandpa was a big part of my childhood."

                           Business and Babies blogger, Andrea Huerta brings our 309th story.

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Andrea Huerta is a blogger, an account planner for a multi-cultural marketing firm, a piano teacher, an author, and the co-lead of the Greenville Blogger Union.  She describes herself as a multi-passionate person.  Combine all of these endeavors with her passions for foster care, underemployment and mental health and her description of herself is definitely apt.  The author of Business and Babies blog told us that the reason she is a multi-passionate person involves a key lesson she learned from her parents: "Make something out of nothing and use your imagination."

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out"

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 May 9, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Mark Webb Jr, Adam Carter, Taylor McCall, Jeff Holland and Jeremy Brewer.

Subscribe to “Stories Of The Upstate™ on iTunes.com 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™ #308: (Eli Harrison) "I started my first company when I was 12, selling duct tape wallets."

                  Story #308 comes from Next High School student and CEO of All Pro, Eli Harrison

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The CEO of All Pro Learning is a student.  No, I don't mean a "student of life," or anything like that.  No, Eli Harrison, All Pro Learning is a high school student at Greenville's Next High School.  Next High School encourages entrepreneurial learning and Eli has a passion for improving education, esp. how students learn and teachers teach best.  It was only natural that Eli would start a company dedicated to finding ways to teach a skill AND how to apply it.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #307: (Tim Waller) "I was a wild teenager with long, bushy hair and a solid brass Styx belt buckle"

                                            WYFF News 4 reporter, Tim Waller brings us story #307

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"Waller, you look like a guy who can walk, talk and chew gum at the same time, and that's exactly what I'm looking for," was how Tim Waller was recruited to be a reporter for WYFF News 4.  For Tim, his job is a pursuit for excellence and information.  He told us that a two minute on air news story might be the result of months of work.  Ultimately, Tim said his goal is to to get a story on the air that he believes in, that is journalistically balanced, a story he is ready to defend if necessary.

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