“Fighting Okra: ROUND 2″ is HERE!

Fighting Okra: Round 2

Fighting Okra Records (F.O.R.), a student run record label from the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at Delta State University, will showcase its second CD project, “Fighting Okra: Round 2,” during an exclusive release party at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 23 in the Control Room of Studio A at DMI, housed in the Whitfield building.

It has been two years since the DMI has exposed their music to the campus and community, so Fighting Okra Records student staff members decided to assemble a second compilation CD to expose the depth of talent of DMI students. “Fighting Okra: Round 2” contains 14 original songs and one cover song representing a wide range of genres including Gospel, alternative, R&B, hip-hop, dub step, rock and country. The songs on the project were written, produced, engineered, or performed by current DMI students and alumni.  Songs on the CD were chosen after multiple screenings by the entire F.O.R. staff, and were selected on the basis of lyrical content and recording quality.

Hyacine Do Rego, a music industry studies major from Gabon, in central Africa stated, “As a student coming all the way from central Africa, being involved at such a high level in this project is for me a dream coming true. I get to have an insider look at everything the production of an album involves. This is all I have dreamed of from a young age. I am blessed.”

Travis Calvin, a DMI senior who heads up the legal and finance position for the F.O.R staff, has a song featured on the CD. He commented, “I feel really honored to have been selected to be on the CD. The group of people I work with are all talented musicians themselves and to know that they chose my music as good enough to be included on the CD, it’s just wonderful.”

DMI Director Tricia Walker has served as the faculty advisor for the young label during their second year. “The lessons the students learn in working on this real-world project are invaluable. I’m proud of what they’ve put together on this CD.”

Copies of “Fighting Okra: Round 2″ will be available for purchase in the main office of the DMI in the Whitfield Building on the campus of Delta State University, and digitally on all major online music platforms such itunes, amazon MP3, spotify, cdbaby and much more. For more information about “Fighting Okra: Round 2” and the F.O.R. label, please contact the DMI at (662) 846-4579.

Call for Submissions for F.O.R. 2013 Compilation CD!

Hey DMI students!! You have the opportunity to submit YOUR songs or recordings for consideration on the Fighting Okra Records 2013 Compilation CD!!!!! Hurry, deadline for submissions is Monday, January 28, 2013 by 5pm! 

The F.O.R. staff will be reviewing all submissions and will choose between 10 and 15 selections for the CD. 

If you’re a songwriter and your original work is not yet fully produced, please submit your best “work tape”. If your song is chosen, time will be reserved to produce a demo if needed. Producers and engineers, please submit your best mix, along with any artist information on your recording.

Submissions should be in either MP3 or WAV file format. 

This is a great opportunity to have your work showcased to a broader audience, so get those submissions in as soon as possible!

If you have any questions, please contact the F.O.R. staff through this Facebook page.

Shelby Anderson

Shelby Anderson, writer and performer of “Dead End Dirt Road,”  started playing drums in his high school band in the seventh grade, then learned the guitar, piano and singing along the way. At 16, He was gigging with ‘Lozenro and the Foxy Lady’, a local Central Mississippi Rhythm and Blues group. Since then, Shelby has played with numerous bands and has been honing his songwriting craft.

When asked about his Musical influences Shelby says, “My influences run the gambit of many artists in every genre you could possibly imagine.”

Shelby is presently in Austin doing acoustic gigs, recording a new project and being a journeyman engineer. Shelby is a regular performer at Waterloo Ice House with Julie Nolen, a great local artist in the Austin area.  He currently works as a Front of House attendant at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas. Shelby also hopes to be releasing some new music soon!

Ethan Sumrall

Ethan Sumrall is a young, up and coming songwriter and performer from Vicksburg, Ms. He is also the writer and performer of  ”Why Why Why” featured on Okra Medley vol. 1. Ethan began playing music in high school, finding influences in great acts such as Neil Young, James Taylor, and Hootie and the Blowfish.  He began writing songs in a songwriting class while attending Delta State University, under the tutelage of Tricia Walker and the Delta Music Institute.

Since his days at Delta State, Ethan has formed a band which will begin performing shows soon.  He is also working on the release of his new full length CD to be released this summer, a follow up to his EP titled The Hummingbird Sessions (available on iTunes now)

Ethan Sumrall can be contacted through facebook or at reverbnation.com/ethansumrall.

F.O.R. Artist Showcase: Joanna Sabine

Joanna Sabine


 Joanna Sabine is a Mississippi singer/songwriter whose passionate style mixes the honest lyricism of Ani DiFranco and Tracy Chapman with the upbeat grooves of Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat. A hopeless romantic, her songs reflect the emotional struggles of real people in real life situations. Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, she lived the majority of her formative years in the small town of Columbia, MS where her father owns a local music store and plays in several bands. Joanna was well-steeped in the music of her father’s generation, as well as getting a healthy helping of the popular music of her generation. Both of these proved to be contributing factors in the development of her style. Joanna was introduced to playing music through her high school marching band in which she played percussion, going on to become one of the top high school drummers in the state. She picked up guitar her freshman year of college while studying Classical Percussion training at Delta State University. She began writing songs to help her learn guitar, and before long songwriting had become her new passion. It was then that she changed her direction from classical training, and more towards the modern styles of music and songwriting. Although her focus shifted, her relationship with all things percussive can still be subtly noticed in her rhythmic guitar style.

Today, Joanna spends her days as a full-time Music Industry Studies student at Delta State University, studying songwriting and music business under the faculty and staff at the Delta Music Institute, supplementing and balancing her school schedule with playing gigs and the typical “starving artist” waitress job. She also spends her time working with the Delta Music Institute’s Mobile Music Lab, a youth outreach program that brings music and music technology to students in the Mississippi Delta area. Joanna can be contacted through her facebook page.

If you liked “Letters From Buffalo”, check out Joanna’s peppy-er side, “I Miss You Like Whoa!” below!

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F.O.R. Artist Showcase: Shelby Anderson

Shelby Anderson, writer and performer of “Dead End Dirt Road,”  started playing drums in his high school band in the seventh grade, then learned the guitar, piano and singing along the way. At 16, He was gigging with ‘Lozenro and the Foxy Lady’, a local Central Mississippi Rhythm and Blues group. Since then, Shelby has played with numerous bands and has been honing his songwriting craft.

When asked about his Musical influences Shelby says, “My influences run the gambit of many artists in every genre you could possibly imagine.”

Shelby is presently in Austin doing acoustic gigs, recording a new project and being a journeyman engineer. Shelby is a regular performer at Waterloo Ice House with Julie Nolen, a great local artist in the Austin area.  He currently works as a Front of House attendant at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas. Shelby also hopes to be releasing some new music soon!

F.O.R. Artist Showcase: Ethan Sumrall

Ethan Sumrall is a young, up and coming songwriter and performer from Vicksburg, Ms. He is also the writer and performer of  ”Why Why Why” featured on Okra Medley vol. 1. Ethan began playing music in high school, finding influences in great acts such as Neil Young, James Taylor, and Hootie and the Blowfish.  He began writing songs in a songwriting class while attending Delta State University, under the tutelage of Tricia Walker and the Delta Music Institute.

Since his days at Delta State, Ethan has formed a band which will begin performing shows soon.  He is also working on the release of his new full length CD to be released this summer, a follow up to his EP titled The Hummingbird Sessions (available on iTunes now)

Ethan Sumrall can be contacted through facebook or at reverbnation.com/ethansumrall.

Okra Medley Vol.1 Rerelease Coming Soon!

Hey guys!

Keep a look out for the rerelease of Okra Medley Vol. 1 coming soon to select Mississippi Delta businesses! Until then, digital downloads of Okra Medley Vol. 1 can be found at fightingokrarecords.bandcamp.com!

Rock on!