Oklahoma Christian University will hold its first concert of the fall 2021 semester on Oct. 8, 2021 with Jordy Searcy, a former contestant of NBC’s The Voice. Searcy is an Alabama native, and he grew up in a family talented in music. Searcy always knew he wanted to make music his full time career.
While on The Voice, Searcy was coached by Pharrell Williams before being eliminated from the show when he lost a battle round against Taylor Phelan.
Afterwards, Searcy moved to Nashville to fully pursue his musical career. In 2018, Searcy released his first EP Dark in the City. Following this release, Searcy toured the nation with more than 150 shows, a large portion of them to college aged audiences. Searcy now works with the Brave Enough Artist Agency.
According to Searcy’s website, Searcy is “ no stranger to huge stages as a former contestant of NBC’s The Voice, but playing 150 shows a year to college audiences keeps touring an integral part of his business.”
Kim Northcott, events center coordinator at Oklahoma Christian, said it was difficult to find an artist due to COVID-19, but a freshman suggested Jordy Searcy. The events team decided he was a good fit for the concert.
“We had just contacted several different artists, and right now during COVID-19, it is pretty hard to find someone to come at a reasonable price,” Northcott said.
In previous years, Oklahoma Christian has hosted artists such as Ben Rector, Judah & the Lion and Cloverton.
“Last year we were supposed to have Colony House, but it was canceled because no one was doing concerts last year,” Northcott said.
Northcott said the events management team hopes this concert will encourage students to stay on campus during the weekend and encourage prospective students to attend Oklahoma Christian. Northcott said they also hope this concert will bring a sense of community to students and faculty on campus.
“Students seem to love the concerts we have had in the past, so we wanted to offer that again this year,” Northcott said. “We also hope that maybe admissions is able to get some prospective students to come just to see the fun things we do on campus.”
Annie Davis, a freshman at Oklahoma Christian, has heard of Searcy before but has not listened to much of his music. Davis said this will be a good experience for the students and campus.
“It will be cool for us to meet someone who is not a celebrity but is becoming more popular,” Davis said. “I think it will be cool to closely interact with someone like that.”
Freshman Taylor Katt said she is completely unfamiliar with Searcy but is excited for the concert.
“I think it is a good time to just forget about school for a little while and destress and take some time for yourself,” Katt said.
Searcy will perform at Oklahoma Christian in the Forum at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2021. The concert is free, and Oklahoma Christian’s Student Government Association will be sponsoring food trucks.