Loreleis’ inclusion on Ben Folds album could boost endowment effort
Loreleis President Katie
Paxton’s passion for her all-female a cappella group is evident — she smiles the whole
time she’s talking about it.
The junior has even more
reason to smile lately, as the
Loreleis were chosen by rock
star and Winston-Salem native
Ben Folds as one of 18 a cappella groups out of 200 submissions to record for his new
Folds put a call out to university a cappella groups across
the country to make a
You Tube video covering one
of his songs to go on a compilation album that will support
VH1’s Save the Music
The Loreleis participated in opening the show at the Ben Folds concert in Durham on Feb. 25.
Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring
instrumental music education in American
public schools and raising awareness about
the importance of music as part of each
child’s complete education. Ben Folds
Presents: University a Cappella! was released
The Loreleis turned in their cover of
Jesusland the night before deadline. Folds
came to campus in December and recorded
them at Swain Hall with just his computer
and a couple of microphones. Paxton said
they sang Jesusland almost 30 times in three
hours, a far cry from their usual recording
process, when each member sings her part
with no one else around.
“It’s kind of hard to hear ourselves sing
like that because we sound so raw,” she said.
But she was more than willing to deal
with the challenges because of the amount
of exposure the GAA-sponsored group is
set to receive. The Loreleis already reaped
some of the benefits from having a rock
Loreleis High Notes
The Loreleis were nominated for four awards in the
2009 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards. We
Ride, a rendition by Meghan Lumsden ’08 of Mary J.
Blige’s hit that is featured on the group’s newest album, On
the Record, was nominated for Best Hip-Hop/R&B Song.
The album is nominated in the category for Best Female
Collegiate Album. Another song, In the Backseat, is nomi-
Among their recent successes: The
nated for the Best Female Collegiate Song. Also, Jillian
Loreleis’ new album, On the
Record, garnered four nominations
Bauman ’07 has been nominated for Best Female
in the 2009 Contemporary
A Cappella Recording Awards.
Collegiate Solo with her vocals on Magic Man.
Among many career highlights, the Loreleis sang the national anthem at Yankee
Stadium during the second game of the American League Championship Series in
2004. While in New York, they visited Trump Towers and serenaded Donald Trump.
In 2003, the group won first place at the first-ever SoJam, an a cappella competition featuring Eastern and Southeastern collegiate and professional a cappella groups.
star friend when they
opened Folds’ show at the
Durham Performing Arts
Center in February.
“It was a lot bigger
audience than we are used
to, and we got to expand
our fan base and get our
name out there,” Paxton
The publicity also will
help draw attention to the
group’s effort to create an
endowment. Paxton said
they are trying to raise
$20,000 for a nest egg to
grow and provide support
for future Loreleis for
expenses such as concerts,
recording and travel.
The group, named after
the mythical siren on the
Rhine River who lured sailors to their
deaths with her enchanting voice, is a nonprofit organization and has been active
since 1981. They perform for campus and
community events, produce a new album
every other year and tour nationally and
internationally twice a year.
“With the economic situation right now,
student groups can really suffer when it
comes to funding,” Paxton said. “I think
Loreleis is so important and such a cool
thing on campus, and I wouldn’t want to
see it flounder because of financial issues.”
Group members are reaching out to former members (aptly named Loralumns), as
well as UNC alumni in general for donations.
Kat Butler ’07, GAA coordinator of student programs, said though the results
might not be seen immediately, an endowment is a smart idea.
“It’s hard to get started, and it’s hard to
follow through, but so much will be owed
back to when it was created,” Butler said.
“Hopefully, it will open up other opportunities that were not there beforehand.”
— Beth Mechum
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