This has been an exciting year for the Reimagination project. In our fourth year of production, we have seen this project take on a life of its own – expanding into new communities, working with more young artists and exploring different genres and styles of music. With each album, a new group of aspiring teen musicians bring their eagerness to showcase their talent and grow their knowledge of the music business. We have seen alumni of Reimagination achieve great things right here in Pittsburgh and on the national stage, from building a passionate local following to winning a Grammy award! These musicians are on a unique path to discovering new paths and goals and we are happy Reimagination is part of their journey. These musicians have spent hours in a professional recording studio and worked with accomplished producers as they transform the future of the Pittsburgh music scene. Reimagination is a one-of-a-kind learning experience for the participants and a unique musical experiences for you. I am honored to present Reimagination 4.
MATTHEW SPANGLER WYEP Director of Education & Community Engagement
Tupelo is no stranger to being on stage. She started young, sharing the stage with her father’s band Jim Donovan & Sun King Warriors at venues in her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. Since then, she has become her own singer – songwriter with an alternative pop and indie sound. Performing original songs, “Never the Same,” “Have a Good Life,” and “Electrolove,” she says her music is for “anyone who wants to listen to someone who’s real, who writes their own music, who writes from the heart.” She cites her father and Lorde as inspirations. Tupelo began performing solo in the summer of 2015, and is often joined by Jeremy Levin on guitar. The two also collaborate on writing songs. Currently, the 17-year-old attends Hempfield Area High School, and is planning on majoring in music business in college. She plans on performing throughout college, and beyond.
Night Frog is a rock band hailing from Aliquippa, Pa. The band brings four very different personalities and styles together to create a driving sound with songs full of energy. Although each member has their own personal influences that inspire what they bring to the group, together they are influenced by The Rolling Stones, ACDC, The Beatles, and My Chemical Romance. When they are not practicing in Alex’s basement or Noah’s shed, Night Frog loves to perform live, where they focus on playing to their audience and getting right to the music.
The Fortunates from Hope Academy of Music and the Arts make and perform music that falls somewhere on the spectrum between R&B, pop, funk, soul, and jazz. Some might call it genre-less; they call it just being themselves. Lead singer and songwriter, Laela Lumsden, brings melodic rap to their song “Hear Me.” It is a song that challenges us to pay attention and listen to what is happening in her community and in our world. It is a song that encourages young people to speak out. As a group, their diversity is one of their greatest strengths. Their name, The Fortunates, embodies their spirit of being grateful for the opportunity to make music together. The singers are part of Hope Academy's Theater Company (HAT Co), while the instrumentalists also play in other bands and have solo projects.
Hunter Greenberg is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter and guitar player. Her initial love of music was inspired by the Dixie Chicks, whose music motivated her to beg for guitar lessons at age five. Songwriting has always been a passion of Hunter’s and for her, lyrics build the foundation of all of the music she creates. Hunter has an eclectic style. Her songs contain pop elements and aspects inspired by country and rock. Her inspirations range from Miranda Lambert and Casey Musgraves to Weezer and The Offspring. She says that having the chance to record a song was an amazing opportunity, and she really appreciates all that she’s learned from this experience. No matter what path she takes in life, she hopes to share the power and beauty of music with as many people as possible.
Only two short years ago siblings Riley, Mack and Ty were just your average small town kids who happened to have a deep love and passion for music and performing. Fast forward to current day and the three of them have combined that same passion along with their dreams to create what is now the Country Pop trio Blended Reality Band. Their strong family vocals blend together effortlessly bringing the unique sound to the solid harmonies that are the signature of Blended Reality Band. "Family-First" is the basis and core of their band. All self-taught musicians, Riley, Mack, and Ty strive to combine their passion for music and love of performing to deliver an entertaining, highly energetic show.
Seventeen-year-old and Sewickley, Pennsylvania native Millen Schuchert has been playing music for years. He first started out around seven years ago playing the guitar, and after the first year playing, decided to add singing into the mix. Growing up with influences like Green Day and now Twenty One Pilots, Millen knew his passion for music came from the genre rock. Millen has played multiple locations such as the Hard Rock Café, Jergels Rhythm Grille, and Carmody’s Grille. His music is based on love and high school drama, like his featured song “Typical Teenager.” Millen Schuchert is very thankful for WYEP and for Mrs. Mankowski, Millen’s teacher, for mentioning the Reimagination project to him and helping his music career kick off.
Julia Renée is a singer-songwriter and writes songs inspired by relationships, traveling, and art. Always looking for a cool melody on her electric guitar, her original music includes sounds of jazz, pop, and folk. Some of her musical influences include The Beatles, Of Montreal, and Ella Fitzgerald. She started playing guitar five years ago and developed a passion for creating music with encouragement from her guitar teacher. “The recording project was a great learning experience. I’ve enjoyed working with and meeting other musicians in the Pittsburgh area” says Julia. Julia looks forward to writing and recording more of her music.
Trinity Wiseman, aka “Trinity,” is a native of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. She began her journey into music with the guitar when she was eight years old. Eventually she began writing her own songs, playing bass, and performing in venues around Pittsburgh at age eleven. She gives credit to Taylor Swift for inspiring her music career. Recently, the 16-year-old alternative/indie artist won the Pittsburgh Acoustic Challenge and signed with publisher Riser Music in Nashville, TN. In 2016, Trinity released her In the Night EP and is currently in the works of releasing another EP this fall. She said that working with the WYEP Reimagination Project has helped her make new connections and provided her an alternative view of the music scene in Pittsburgh as a whole.
“I’ve been singing since I could walk, and have wanted to pursue it ever since” says 14-year-old Slippery Rock native Miranda Brandon. A girl of many talents, Miranda started playing piano at the age of six, and has since learned to play guitar, ukulele, and even flute. Being the music lover that she is, she has also begun to play the cello, mandolin, bass guitar, and the harp. Miranda considers herself to be an indie/classic rock girl, who is influenced by some of her favorites including Declan Mckenna, Adele, Twenty One Pilots, and Troye Sivan. She plans to pursue music as a career and couldn’t imagine her life without music. When she isn’t belting out a song on stage, you can find Miranda hanging out with friends or painting, sketching, and reading.
Ellie Lee Oldfield is a talented new singer-songwriter based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She’s been growing her fan base by performing at restaurants and festivals for the past two years. Her sincerity, talent, and dedication have made her a hit in her hometown, but she’s not likely to stop there. Ellie’s musical career started when she began playing the piano as a young child, but she also picked up instruments like the violin, flute, clarinet, ukulele, and guitar along the way. Her favorite instrument is of course her voice. During her performances she sings covers of artists like Animals and Hozier, and originals, including “Sad Songs on Repeat,” “The Black Keys,” and “You’re Mine,” her very first original, inspired by her pup Cooper. Ellie calls her feeling when she gets on stage her, “Ultimate Happiness Moment” and loves that performing has allowed her to be “part of a vast community of artists and fans.”
Azende Haulreid, also known as Zende, is a 19-year-old hip-hop/rap artist reigning from Homestead, PA. Zende has been performing for five years and has used the time to develop his style. In that time period, he has performed at different festivals in the Pittsburgh area, including Afro Art, Thrival, and the Three Rivers Arts festival. Before joining the Reimagination project, Zende realized the importance of social media in today’s music business and started putting some of his music on the music streaming site SoundCloud. Zende used his social media presence to promote his music. This helped lead his song “Brownskin” to gain over 36,000 streams on SoundCloud. Zende is proud of what he has accomplished and wanted to push even further. This is what led Zende to WYEP and the Reimagination project, which helped him strengthen his musical ability and gain valuable experience.