The Stories of the Upstate™ #332: (Jeremy Theall) "I was one of the best runners in South Carolina while in high school."

                                 Story #332 comes from the founder of Future Chord, Jeremy Theall

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"The really unsexy part of my job is sending tons of emails," is what Jeremy Theall, artist manager and music publicist said when we asked about the behind scenes of his work.  Jeremy told us that his company, Future Chord, a Greenville artist management company, began as a music blog when he was a student at Clemson University, but he traces his deep commitment to music to his brother's influence.  Jeremy told that his brother encouraged him to find real music and introduced him to bands like O.A.R., the Doors and the Beatles. His number one piece of advice to the artists that seek out Future Chord is to make certain they have good press photos, a good web presence and great music.   

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #331: (Ben Bounds) "I once interviewed Bo and Luke Duke."

                          The owner of Follywood Productions, Ben Bounds shares our 331st story

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"I love bringing all the moving parts together to create something no one else has done," is how Ben Bounds describes his job.  The one time journalist, music touring and booking agent said that he has always loved helping people as well as entertaining people and now, with his company, Follywood Productions, an event planning and fund raising company, he gets to do both.  Ben also told us that when he sees things come together and he pulls the event/fund raiser off, he gets a sense of accomplishment that rivals hitting the game winning homerun.

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The Downtown Jam™ #34: Charles Hedgepath, Karl Lauber, Zac Kellum and David Sims

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™ #329: (Lindsey Dixon) "My childhood was sand between your toes, salt water in your hair and PB&J for lunch."

                    The manager of Downtown Greenville's Chicora Alley, Lindsey Dixon shares Story #329.

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When we asked the manager of Downtown Greenville's Chicora Alley, Lindsey Dixon, what it's like to manage a place like Chicora Alley, she told us, "It's putting your hands in anything that needs to be done: stocking beer, cleaning coolers, holding on to an employee who's having a  bad day, going to the bank to get change, and the list goes on."  This Laguna Beach, CA native told us that the best part of Chicora Alley was the sense of family.  Lindsey said it was the customers and the staff that make Chicora a great place.  The Caribbean/Southern Fusion cuisine and live music help too.

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The Stories of the Upstate™ #327: (Sharon Phillips) "Growing up, I couldn’t wait for the church doors to open."

    The co-founder of The Homeless Period Project, Sharon Phillips shares our 327th story.

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"If something you find, draws you in, feels like a calling, or you are really passionate about it , then do something about it." is how Sharon Phillips describes being an activist. Her statement also describes her passion, The Homeless Period Project, a non-profit that provides feminine hygiene products to  homeless ladies and women in shelters.  Sharon and her sister-in-law saw a need, a need that is widely overlooked when folks reach out to help the homeless and stepped in to help.  What started out as a one time get together to raise money to provide these products has become a non-profit organization reaching out across the Upstate.

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A Downtown Jam™ Exclusive Single: "You Are My Sunshine"

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 July 11, 2018 Downtown Jam™ featuring Charles Hedgepath, Andrew Oliver, Stephen Oliver and Morgan Riley.

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™ #325: (Emily Henning) "I modeled on QVC and interned with the Philadelphia Eagles."

                              WSPA, Channel 7 traffic anchor, Emily Henning brings us our 325th story.

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Emily Hennig spends her mornings scanning 40-50 different screens and cameras to help us navigate the Upstate's roadways, as the traffic anchor for WSPA, Channel 7.  While she didn't find her way to this job through the traditional path, a college degree in journalism, her life experiences definitely pointed to a career on TV.  She did local TV commercial spots growing up; modeled on QVC; hosted a couple sports shows for Comcast and interned with the legendary Philadelphia Eagles sportcaster, Merrill Reese.

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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 makegreenvilleyours.com

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"I am always looking to help people," said Mike Cruice, owner of makegreenvilleyours.com.  
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 makegreenvilleyours.com, 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.

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"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 @ Facebook.com/StoriesOfTheUpstate and join us anytime on YOUR smartphone.

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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 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™ #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.

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"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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