Four-Year Baccalaureate University To Host Inaugural Spoken Word Artist Performance With Abyss, UpRite Lions And William Peace University Students
RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the university will host a live performance by the famous spoken word artist Abyss on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the university’s Belk Dining Hall. In addition to Abyss, UpRite Lions, a hip hop vocal group that formed in 2008, will perform at the event. Students of William Peace University will have the chance to perform alongside Abyss and UpRite Lions as they recite their own poetry and musical talents. Following the performance, a meet and greet with the artists will held.
Abyss, whose name stands for A Bright Young Soul Searching, is a self-taught musician and has defined the realms of spoken word artistry since first entering the poetry arena. An award-winning artist, Abyss has appeared on Home Box Offices’ (HBO) Def Poetry and Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) 106 & Park, and performed at the 12th Annual Gospel Choice Awards. Additionally, Abyss was one of the original cast members of Somebodies, the first scripted sitcom in BET history. A published author, musician, community activist, actor and motivational speaker, Abyss is committed to supporting community initiatives and equally focused on developing the talent of bright young musical artists of tomorrow.
“We are proud to announce the inaugural spoken artist performance of William Peace University and are honored to mark this occasion with a live performance by Abyss, who is revitalizing the art of the spoken word,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “One of the greatest things we can do as educators is to provide our students with experiences and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. The live performance on March 14 will give WPU students the chance to showcase their own talents alongside an award-winning multi-talented artist, and we invite all to attend what is expected to be an excellent evening.”
ABOUT WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY:
William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women’s college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor’s students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women’s institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit http://www.peace.edu.