FHU Songwriters’ Showcase Features Student Talent


Student Success // March 5, 2021

Three Freed-Hardeman University students share their gifts for songwriting and performing in FHU’s Songwriter’s Showcase, which is available for viewing on the university’s social media platforms.

“Over the years it’s been my privilege to work with many outstanding songwriters,” Alan Kinningham, FHU associate professor of music, said. “I encourage everyone to sit back, get comfortable and just enjoy.”

The three students participating in the Songwriter’s Showcase include: Rachel Cox, a sophomore social work major from Knoxville; Blake Ferrell, a senior music major from Manchester, Tennessee, and Adam Harris, a sophomore music major from Rienzi, Mississippi.

For the artists finding inspiration to write a song derives from many sources including other artists, friendships and relationships.

“I’ve always been inspired by artists who are raw and honest in their songs,” said Cox, whose songs include “Bungalow House,” “Scene” and “The Story Line.” “I love being able to share my stories through songwriting and I hope other people will be able to connect with them,” she said.

His life experiences and those close to him inspired Ferrell’s songs “The Other Day,” “Give It A Try” and “Cloud 9.”

“I enjoy songwriting because it is a great way to share what has inspired you. It is my favorite form of storytelling and also a great way to share little details about your life,” Ferrell said.

Harris enjoys trying out new sounds and his songs, “Dance with You” and “Shoot Your Shot,” reflect his interest in the country music genre.

“I feel like the creative aspect of music is what inspires me to keep at it,” Harris said.

As FHU’s songwriters continue to hone their craft, may they remember the words of successful songwriters before them including Smokey Robinson of Motown fame, “I look at songwriting as my gift from God.”