McCartney bears his “Beautiful Soul"

Ram Jam features platinum recording artist

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On October 20, 2017

Photo by Brit Raley
Jesse McCartney serenades Riley Philpot, freshman. McCartney sang "The Stupid Things."

The University Center Program Council brought platinum recording artist Jesse McCartney to Ram Jam on Oct. 14 to perform at the tailgate.

"UCPC chose Jesse McCartney because the timing was right," Justice Medina, UCPC Concert Chairperson, said. "It’s been two years in the making and plus his audience back in the day are now college students, so it only made sense to give the people what they wanted."

McCartney’s Ram Jam was one of the largest turnouts so far this year.

"The crowd was loud, screaming girls and a few fellas," Medina said. "They were loving every second of it."

During the concert, McCartney brought freshman Rylie Philpot on stage while McCartney sang "The Stupid Things."

"I was mainly in shock that he actually chose me and I froze up on stage and didn’t know how to act," Philpot said.

McCartney performed an array of songs from his first album released in 2004 to unreleased music he recently recorded.

"My favorite part of the show was his encore, singing his signature song, ‘Beautiful Soul,’" Medina said.

Before the concert, some students were able to attend a meet and greet with McCartney.

"It was definitely a fulfilling experience," Juliette Ortega said. "It was like getting to meet a childhood piece of me since I’ve listened to his songs for so long. It was, overall, an experience that I’ll never forget."

For many of the attendees, seeing McCartney was nostalgic.

"I remember seeing Jesse and hearing his song "Beautiful Soul" for the first time and he instantly became my very first celebrity crush," Senior Emily Franchuk said. "So basically I’ve been a fan since I was 7. It was kind of surreal to see him on that stage. Both childhood me and adult me were internally screaming the entire time. The show was amazing, and I even look forward to those new songs he is going to put out soon."

The opening act for the show was Lauv, a pop and R&B artist.

"I was really excited to see him because I’ve known about him for a while and was honestly really surprised that he would come here to San Angelo," Faith Bannerman. "I think he’s really talented and a cool up and coming artist."

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