Singer brings big screen talent to ASU
Nigeria native excited to play in San Angelo
The Mock Trial League prepares to leave for their regional tournament in Houston the weekend of Feb. 3 to 5. Pam Belcher
Nelly's Echo will give a free performance for students on Friday, Jan. 25, in the Plaza Verde Commons Area from 7 to 9 p.m., and the event will be the first to be hosted by University Center Programming Council in that facility.
UCPC will host the event as one of its "Date Nights."
Event Coordinator Allen Bennet said the event is not just a date night for couples.
"A lot of students don't like to go out and party, so it's just another alternative for them to do something on a Friday night and just kind of hang out and kick back," Bennet said.
Fellow Event Coordinator, Alex Bryant said the event will be a great way for reserved students to get out and meet new people.
"We're trying to give people a fun experience to come and join so they don't feel that there's nothing to do," Bryant said.
Lead singer Nelson Emokpae formed Nelly's Echo in early 2007.
Nelly's Echo has been featured on the third season of The Voice alongside pop stars such as Christina Aguilera, who was Emokpae's coach, Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine, and Billy Joel of Green Day.
"My experience on The Voice was an amazing experience," Emokpae said, "It was definitely a rush and a growing up experience."
Nelly's Echo has shared the stage with Trombone Shorty, Travie McCoy, and Sean Kingston, performed at hundreds of colleges, and entertained for troops in Cuba.
Emokpae is from Nigeria in West Africa and came to America as a refugee in 1996 but hopes to return to Nigeria and help people who are impoverished build their own homes and schools so that children there can have hope and an outlet to express themselves.
"Everyone is born with a certain amount of talents and measure of dreams and admirations," Emokpae said, "You need to surround yourself with people who will reinforce those dreams."
Nelly's Echo has never played in San Angelo but is excited to experience a new place, new culture, and see the campus.
Senior Casey Williamson is excited about attending the performance on Friday night.
"I can't wait to see him perform after watching him on The Voice," Williamson said, "It's going to be a great show and I'm excited."
The event is free to students and faculty, and pastries will be provided.
Get Top Stories Delivered Weekly
More asurampage News Articles
Recent asurampage News Articles
Discuss This Article
MOST POPULAR ASURAMPAGE
GET TOP STORIES DELIVERED WEEKLY
TODAY'S PRINT EDITION
FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER
LATEST ASURAMPAGE NEWS
RECENT ASURAMPAGE CLASSIFIEDS
FROM AROUND THE WEB
- Americans Prefer Cleaning Toilets Over Researching Health...
- Avoid Drugs and Surgery With Chiropractic Care
- Firefighter Battles Flames and Cancer
- Winter Is Coming: Is Your Fuel Ready?
- Could The Movie Studio be the Next Heavy Hitter?
- Can Insurance Companies Adapt to Today's Fast-Paced...
- Help Fund Your Favorite School Cause One Apple at a Time
- New TIPS Program Focuses on Preventing Youth Sports Injuries
- Don't Let Spooky Pests Haunt Your Home This Fall
- Weight Loss Procedure Hits a Nerve -- Literally
COLLEGE PRESS RELEASES
- Think Your Grades Aren't Good Enough To Get into a Top-10 Business School? Think Again!
- Voto Latino to Gather Hundreds of Young Latinos for Major Summit in Silicon Valley
- October 8 is National Student Day
- KORU LAUNCHES NEW, UNIQUE JOB FINDER FOR COLLEGE GRADS
- Amazon Student Celebrates Fall with Exclusive Deals and Scholarships