Battle of the Bands]
2014 // The Tower
2015 // Honest Men
2016 // Alisha Pace
2017 // Ejay Mallard
[BATTLE OF THE BANDS 2017]
Thank you for coming out to Battle of the Bands! Below is a list of full award winners as well as bios. We'll see you next year!
1ST: // EJAY MALLARD
2ND: // JHEFF BLUNT
3RD: // SHADOW SIDE
PEOPLE'S CHOICE // EJAY MALLARD
Here is a little more about each band member. James - I'm a graduating senior! Chris - I'm a junior! Eric - I'm a sophomore! We met each other through heavenly voices gospel choir and we right songs for the choir as well.
Shawdow Side consist of 3 talent Baylor students. Here is a little more about each band member. Shane Hollon - I'm 20 years old and I've played guitar for 7 years. I hail from Greenville, Texas. My favorite musicians are Brad Paisley, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Gary Clark Junior. I'm majoring in Biology and plan on attending dental school to fulfill my dreams of becoming a general dentist in my own practice. Kayla Boyer - I'm 21 years old, I'm from Coppell, Texas. I've been playing bass guitar for 6 years and singing for 5. My favorite bands are Bastille and Avenged Sevenfold because they're awesome. Nutrition sciences major aspiring to be a registered dietitian. Travis Wilfong - I'm 19 years old and I'm from Lorena Texas and I've been drumming for 10 years. My favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers and my musical influences come from Neil Peart and Chad Smith. I'm majoring in pre-business and Spanish and one day want to work for the Dallas Cowboys.
Ejay Mallard may not be on the radar yet, but he plans to change that by breaking in to the music industry. He describes his music style as a mix between Frank Ocean and Kanye West. Mallard is a junior computer science major from Paramount, Calif. who is passionate about making music. He hopes to make a positive impact on people and connect with them through his songs. "It all started with me being in church choir as usual just basically growing a love for God and seeing that I can use my vocal talents to praise God in the best way that I know how," Mallard said. Mallard's music producer, Chukwuemeka Nzeakor likes to take concepts and turn them into creative music that requires thought on the part of the listener. "Ejay will hit me up like 'hey man, I want to make a song like right now' and I'll be like 'ahh bro, I've got class' but afterwards we'll always come through. Ejay's talented and I have enough talent to back that up so I just put down some chords and some drums and next thing you know we have a whole song" Chukwuemeka Nzeakor, Frisco senior said. Mallard's fans range from Baylor students to people in the Netherlands. He has a popular SoundCloud account which consists of songs from his E.P., the most famous being "rose petal picking." "We've actually been able to work together in Sing. I was a sing chair this past year and he was one of our lead singers, so it was really cool to work with him in that aspect. Also, before he started getting pretty serious into this new album, he came over and performed some of the songs for me and my roommate. So, it was pretty great" Grant Perkins, Tyler junior said. Mallard is working on another project called "Adolessons" which will be a coming-of-age story.
Long story short, My name is Jhefferson "Jhaybird" Blunt. I'm a freshman here at Baylor. Music to me, is lifeblood. I've been messing around with it since 8th grade but didn't get serious until I got here. I love it because it makes people feel. It forces you to be honest with your thoughts and emotions, and I want people to be able to do that. So I make music, so people can feel.