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Okemos Native Lives Dream as a Singer-songwriter with a Little Help from Lansing Community College

March 23, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - Caitlin Mcgehee started singing in choirs and in competitions when she was 12. She sang every possible genre she could, and learned how to harmonize from her grandma. By the time she graduated Okemos High School in 2010, Mcgehee envisioned moving to Los Angeles to pursue a singing career. She knew she had the talent. The problem was how to get there.

Mcgehee found the answer at Lansing Community College (LCC).

"LCC allowed me to be in a safe environment around a lot of encouraging people," says Mcgehee, an alternative pop singer and composer working in LA. "My instructors helped me to discover what I was good at, how to improve, and what I needed to do to take my next step."

Mcgehee studied commercial music and vocal performance at LCC with instructors like Janine Smith, Anne Stanton, Chris Rollins and Bill Bastien. Her teachers, she says, pushed her in the right direction through honest, constructive feedback, and prepared her for the highly competitive music industry. Graduating with her LCC associate degree in 2014, she earned a vocal scholarship to the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena—a premier music academy taught by leading musicians.

Shortly after moving to LA, Mcgehee set out composing, recording and performing space and art rock, releasing a cover of Bowie's "Life On Mars." She also performed at Palm Springs Comic Con, Hotel Café and other prominent venues.

These days, Mcgehee is working as a songwriter and session singer while composing and recording new music she describes as alternative pop. Her hopes are to some day tour in Western Europe and to venture into creating music for commercial venues, including film and television.

While Mcgehee says her musical influences include David Bowie, Norwegian pop singers like Aurora and Röyksopp, and master songwriters like Max Martin, she never overlooks the impact her teachers had on her career.

"The music industry is very competitive, and it's just about being around the right people who are honest and encouraging," Mcgehee says. "You also want to be realistic about what you can do now to reach the next steps. LCC did that for me by preparing me to work on the right things so I could get the best possible chance to succeed."

Lansing Community College will be hosting a music open house on Saturday, March 25, 2017 on the downtown Lansing campus. Attendees can learn about the LCC Music Programs, see performances, grab a bite to eat and be entered into drawings to win some great prizes-including a $500 music scholarship to LCC. To register, click here.

Caitlin Mcgehee

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College is Michigan's third largest community college with nearly 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a university, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from six partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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