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Owen Pye of Highland, Illinois was selected as the newest artist to be added to the roster of

Blackroom Records, located on the campus of Greenville College.  Pye is the second artist to be signed to the label since it was restructured in 2009.

Preparation for the upcoming album began August 12th in the recording studios of Greenville College.  Blackroom Records President Lucas Harger and student producer and engineer Chris Bonney worked together with Owen Pye to begin the recording and tracking process that they concluded by the end of the month.

“Owen has brought in good musicians to play on the record,” said album producer, Chris Bonney.  “It has been fun to collaborate with them and take their raw energy and translate that into a recorded piece of music.”

Owen Pye began his career as a solo artist in 2005 and released his debut album If That’s Cool With You in 2006.  By 2008, he joined with three other musicians with similar plans to become Owen Pye & The Sunday School Band.  They independently released their self-titled album produced by Andy Osenga (Caedmon’s Call) in December 2009.

Pye considers the music that he has created to fit into the folk genre and is eager to share his music with “willing listeners.”

When asked about the upcoming project, Owen Pye responded, “This is very, very exciting and I am SO pumped to work with these folks for the next year in support of the record.”

To learn more about Owen Pye and for previously recorded tracks, visit www.owenpye.com.

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Zach Strout

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Zach Strout is a new and unique folk singer/songwriter who is ready to make a difference in the musical realm. With an earthy feel combined with his relaxed, uplifting songs, Zach has already grabbed the attention of many music lovers t

hrough worship solos and duets wherever he performs. There is so much more to look forward to from this artist throughout the rest of his career.

Strout got his musical start at the age of ten, when he would sing specials with his mom in church. In fifth grade, he landed a lead role in his school’s musical rendition of the “Nifty 1900’s.” In the tenth grade, Zach picked up the guitar for the first time and, within a year, he was playing like he’d been picking for years.

In his first semester of college, Zach and a few others formed a band by the name of Ellery Grange. Aside from local shows,the band went on a two week tour of New York, Michigan, and Illinois receiving great feedback for such an impromptu beginning. Ellery Grange was a good start and proved to be a valuable stepping-stone in the songwriter’s individual career. “The tour helped me meet lots of people and was definitely a good learning experience.”

Zach has placed in the Singer/Songwriter Competition at Greenville College and just recently signed with Blackroom Records, a professionally student run record label. His upcoming full-length album will feature a variety of musicians with instruments such as acoustic guitar, banjo, cello, harmonica, and the piano.

Aside from scriptural text, his musical influence comes from artists such as Bebo Norman, John Foreman, and Derrick Web. Zach hopes to reach many people with his first album, “I want people to be able to connect to the song and its message either emotionally, past experiences, or just through their hopes and dreams.” To Zach, every song has a story.

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