Vocal sensation impresses audience

By Lia Ferrante
February 22, 2012

Preston Pugmire performs for students in Grace Hall and shares his personal story.

For fun and entertainment, students experienced the amazing vocal stylings of Preston Pugmire, who displayed his musical talent on Monday, Feb. 13 in the Grace Hall Atrium from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

He was a breath of fresh air and lit up the stage with his guitar while his voice surrounded the room.

“He is a great performer and is very audience-friendly,” Peter Morrison, CAP Board vice president, said.

CAP Board discovered this singer when they were at a conference and immediately fell in love with him and his passion for music.

They brought him to Cabrini to allow students to sing along with his music and have a good night out. It was a night to remember and to hear some great music from a very talented singer.

Although  the  attendence was minimal, there was still a plethora of upbeat vibes around the room. Pugmire brought out a very calm and relaxed mood throughout his performance.

Pugmire constantly had a smile on his face and really enjoyed being up on stage. It was just him and his guitar on stage. While performing, he would record different types of sounds with his recorder with just the tap of his foot.

He would make different sounds by using playing cards, bells and beat boxing. He would also record the chorus to his songs and play them back while he sang the lyrics for a better background effect.

It was great to see him become a one- man band all on his own. His sense of musical style was fun and easy-going. Pugmire’s music was easy to connect to and put anyone in the audience in a good and upbeat mood.

“He has great energy on stage and is fantastic for college students,” Angelica Graber, CAP Board Director of on stage entertainment, said. “I love that he incorporates stories into his songs about why he wrote them.”

Pugmire shared a lot of personal stories, which were fun to hear. He made his performance personable and animated, which, was interesting and creative.

Pugmire was a man who loved being in love. Many of his songs were love songs.

“I  am  a  sucker  for  love  songs,”  Pugmire  said.

He talked about one song that he wrote to his wife. He wrote the lyrics based on the feelings he had for her when they were friends.

The song was beautifully done and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. He sang it to her one night and expressed his feelings for her through song to steal her heart. By Pugmire adding a story to the songs, it allowed the audience to understand his personality and his characteristics as an artist to a much fuller extent.

“I loved how he played his own original songs, as well as covers for popular songs,” Chelsea Prichett, elementary and special education major, said. He played a Jackson 5 song, familiar enough for everyone in the audience to enjoy and clap their hands to.

Throughout the night, Pugmire played variety of songs creating a good mix for all students and faculty in attendace.  His  ear for music is well put together and is a great gift to have.

He is greatly talented. This was a musician who knew exactly what he was doing and was good at it. He was a one-man band and even sometimes played acoustically. Pugmire was a singer that no one should have missed.

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