Since 2002, singer-songwriter Mark DeRose has been building his fan base by gigging relentlessly up and down the Eastern seaboard, recording four albums both as the Ernest Goodlife Band and as Mark DeRose and the Way Home. Their most recent, Carolina Smile, was released in 2011.
A musician and freelance graphic designer, this 2005 alumnus has played at clubs and colleges, opening for higher-education favorites like Blues Traveler, Michelle Branch, and Rusted Root.
DeRose’s song “All My Life” is both catchy and moving, and was penned in memory of his late father Martin, who passed away in 2002.
The songs of performer and educator Laura Vecchione ‘00 have placed in the Top 5 of the AMA chart and Roots Music Report, been quoted by Marvel Comics, and featured on television shows like Saving Grace and The Glades.
Her debut album Deeper Waters was quickly embraced by XM Radio, and her sophomore outing Girl in the Band was produced by multi-Grammy-winner Jim Scott.
In the run-up to the 2008 U.S. presidential election, she heard an anecdote about the influence of gospel singer Mahalia Jackson on Martin Luther King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” and was inspired to write a song about the history of race relations in America, titled “Tell Them About the Dream.”
I just finished draft #2 of a new book. Now, thanks to my friend Rich, I will be able to toast this milestone with a wee dram o’ Glenlivet.
The editors of “Best New England Crime Stories” have decided that my story ‘The Oldest Man in Town’ should be in this year’s anthology.
In a word - woohoo!