Area Catawba Student to Release Debut EP
May 2, 2017
By William Spencer ’17
Catawba College student Priscilla Perez released her debut EP entitled “Weirdos Like Us” on Sunday, April 30.
Since September of last year, Perez, who lives in Concord, has been in the studio rehearsing, recording, and assisting with mixing the 4-track compilation.
““Weirdos Like Us” is one of the songs on the EP, and it’s about finding someone whose weirdness matches yours. Some would say that’s love,” Perez stated. With the release of this EP, she hopes to reach new audiences while tiding over her dedicated fan-base within Rowan County.
Perez explained that the release of her EP would not be possible without the help of everyone who contributed to the project. “It’s been a long time coming but I definitely feel like all the time, effort, and energy put into this project will be well worth it,” she said.
“I really had some amazing people (on the project) from my band and engineer, to the artists that did the album artwork. None of it would have come together without them. “Weirdos Like Us” is an ode to people who embrace their imperfections and find the beauty in loving their inner weirdness.”
A senior this year, Perez is a double major in Popular Music and Music Business with a minor in Business Administration. She has her sights set on songwriting and performing in the musical city of Nashville, Tennessee. She has spent her past four years at Catawba developing as an artist by honing her songwriting, theory, and performance skills and by experimenting with her personal sound.
“I’m a little odd; I like to step outside the box, and I like that about myself. I also like other people who are not afraid to be their authentic themselves,” she said.
Her musical influences include a very diverse group of artists such as Mariah Carey, Regina Spektor, Taylor Swift, and many more. Many times people have asked Perez what she considers her genre to be, as each of her songs has its own unique musical personality. From writing songs with Latin inspired rhythms, to her Baroque Pop influenced songs with stringed instruments and horns, the overarching themes of transparency and encouragement remain the same. Because Perez pulls from many genres and writing styles, she identifies her music as Indie-Pop.
“Putting ‘indie’ in there makes things less strict,” she said.
Perez thanks all her fans for their support in her musical endeavors and hopes they will enjoy her debut EP, and attending her EP release concert held Sunday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Hedrick Little Theatre on the Catawba campus. Fans can visit her Facebook page for additional information: www.fb.com/priscillaperezmusic.