Four musicians, three songs each, one record; this compilation album includes sophomores Joshua Powell and Greg Hojnacki and freshmen Tyler Ewigleben and Rob Krosley. Orangehaus Records, Anderson University’s record label, recently signed these four artists after reviewing many submissions of various artists on campus. Each musician has a unique style, but all share the same love and passion for writing and creating music.
Sophomore Joshua Powell, born and raised in Vero Beach, Fla., traveled to AU because of the opportunities the university offers for musicians. Being a part of an Orangehaus Records album is allowing Powell to make his dreams of writing and releasing an album a reality.
Powell grew up surrounded by music; his father played the drums for Sandi Patty and his cousin was in a touring worship band. “My cousin came and played in my town when I was young and I wanted to be as cool as him, so I picked up the guitar and taught myself how to play,” he said.
“I came knowing how to play different types of music, but AU has taught me the mechanics of music and given me the opportunity to work with a label,” said Powell.
His music is folk-based with some influence from indie and ambient music. He played one of his songs, “Last Chance to Slow Dance” at the four musicians’ debut show as Orangehaus artists called “An Evening with Orangehaus.”
“All the guys are really talented, and I am really excited to work with them on this label,” said Powell.
Sophomore Greg Hojnacki, from Hudson, Ohio, was first inspired by music when he “heard his cousins listening to an old MXPX album, and eventually picked up a guitar and started learning because both of them as well as my brother played,” said Hojnacki.
He initially heard about AU through friends, but came to visit and “instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and the people here,” said Hojnacki. “I also knew AU had a highly ranked business school.” He is currently studying marketing and music business.
Hojnacki’s folk music style laced with a pop-oriented feel goes great with the album. He plays guitar and sings on the album. “The songs I am using on the album are all personal experiences that have shaped my way of thinking and taught me valuable life lessons,” said Hojnacki. “The inspirations came from conversations with close friends, the beauty I find in little things and places I have been, which have molded me into who I have become.”
Freshman Tyler Ewigleben, from Brownsburg, Ind., came to AU for a number of reasons. “My brother goes to AU and he showed me everything the business school offers. I also love the level of community this campus has,” said Ewigleben. “The opportunity with Orangehaus was always a part of my decision and I wanted a school that would be a positive influence on my life.”
Ewigleben grew up surrounded by music. His parents are music educators and he began writing lyrics and songs at a very young age. “I have been spoon-fed music since birth,” said Ewigleben.
Ewigleben’s three songs featured on the album relate to his life experiences. The song “Highway to Boston,” depicts the essence of a relationship; the ups and downs and the positive place you want to be at the end, but in the end it’s everything you didn’t want. Here is a glimpse of the lyrics:
Words that I never said / They’re still living in my head / Every time I turn around / You’re looking up / I’m looking down / And we’re lost in the sound of Boston.
His other songs are called “All the Wrong Places” and “Bring Me Your Love.” These two pieces are about love and the “ironies in America ... and the fight to stay together,” said Ewigleben.
Freshman Rob Krosley, from St. Louis, Mo., came to AU after attending the Orangehaus Music Business Camp two years in a row. “The camp really solidified my belief that this was the place I needed to be,” said Krosley.
Krosley plays guitar and vocals on the album. His songs have a pop-rock feel. “My three songs really represent three manifestations of love,” he said. “I believe that whatever love we have here on earth, be it between a man and a woman, a father and son, or two friends, is all a picture and a reminder of a perfect love found in Christ.”
One of his songs is about a chance he and a friend had to show the love of Christ by sharing the gospel with a little girl in Mexico. “My hope is that we will be able to record a Spanish version of the song and send it to the church we worked with,” said Krosley.
Another song on the album is about “me getting past my selfish tendencies in order to love even when it’s hard,” said Krosley. Lastly, “the third song focuses on love between friends in the midst of a tough situation.”
Orangehaus Records has established a way for these students to develop their talents and is empowering them to gain experience in the recording industry. The album’s anticipated release date is in spring 2011.
— Lydia Smith is a senior from Indianapolis, Ind., majoring in communication arts and and minoring in peace and conflict transformation. Smith is an associate with Fifth Street Communications™, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2009, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the sixth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.