Presbyterian College will host a performance by alumni who are doing well in the Nashville and Tennessee music scenes and everywhere else around the world.
Stephen Humphries and Jesse Isley were music majors at Presbyterian College. With their friend Scott Mulvahill, they are returning to Clinton on Jan. 21 for a performance in Edmunds Hall at 7:30 p.m. All three performers have solo careers, but they love to get together to perform in almost every genre from traditional, to bluegrass, country, and pop.
General admission tickets will be available at the door for $5 or by calling 864-833-8470. Presbyterian College faculty, students, and staff can get a ticket with their college IDs. This concert is part of the college’s Highland Series for PC and the surrounding community.
Stephen Humphries is a Walnut Valley National Hammered Dulcimer Champion, freelance percussionist, and music educator. He earned a master’s degree in percussion performance and his music education certification from Lee University.
Humphries earned his bachelor of arts in music with an emphasis in percussion studies at Presbyterian College. While regularly performing and teaching at dulcimer and folk festivals around the country, Humphries also presents educational programs for hammered dulcimer and percussion in elementary, middle, and high schools.
Additionally, he composes music for the hammered dulcimer and other percussion instruments and shares this music through his performances and workshops. He has released five full length recordings and two instructional method books on hammered dulcimer.
In 2011 Humphries was awarded a Make Work Grant from CreateHere, a Chattanooga-based arts organization, for projects fusing hammered dulcimer and percussion through the use of technology.
Humphries and his wife Taryn (PC class of ‘07) live in Chattanooga, Tenn., where he serves as the instrumental music teacher and percussion instructor for Silverdale Baptist Academy. He also teaches as an adjunct professor of music at Covenant College.
Jesse Isley was born and raised in Columbia and first picked up a guitar at age 11. In 2010, he graduated from Presbyterian College with a bachelor’s degree in music. Throughout his academic years, he remained an active musical force throughout the Carolinas as a guitarist, songwriter, and producer for various artists and bands.
In 2012, he re-located to Nashville, Tenn., where he continues his freelance work as a songwriter and session musician. In 2013, Isley toured as lead guitarist for Grammy Award nominated songwriter Will Hoge.
He has appeared on many stages across the country, including The Late Show with David Letterman and several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. In 2015, he released his first solo album titled ‘Realistic’ and continues to tour in his spare time performing his songs across the country.
In addition to freelance work, Isley is also head band director at Christ Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
As a teenager, Scott Mulvahill picked up the bass guitar on a whim. Natural talent and the lure of a challenge drove him to be the best musician he could. Continuing to play the bass, he also began to explore guitar, piano, and singing, and discovered his love for songwriting. With the encouragement of a mentor, he studied music at the University of North Texas and chose to pursue a career in performing and writing.
Since then, he’s shared the stage with some of the greatest artists of modern music — Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss, Barry Gibb of the BeeGees, Bruce Hornsby, Brad Paisley, Peter Frampton, Steven Curtis Chapman, Emmylou Harris, and many more.
He’s a full time member of Ricky Skaggs’s band Kentucky Thunder, a position he’s held for three years.
Mulvahill’s songs have received honors from the International Songwriting Competition, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, and American Songwriter Magazine’s 30th Anniversary Contest, and he has numerous cuts on other artists’ albums.
He released his first, self-titled album in 2011, and his EP Share the Sky in 2012. Mulvahill is currently beginning work with the great producer Charlie Peacock to create his next album.
This release was provided by Presbyterian College.