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Appalachian student to open Dave Barnes concert in Charlotte April 29

BOONE—Alexis Worthington, a senior music industry studies major at Appalachian State University, will open for the Dave Barnes concert April 29 in Charlotte.

The Charlotte resident won an on-line voting competition through to earn the opportunity to open for a nationally renowned tour. Worthington, a singer/songwriter who plays acoustic and electric guitar, is known to Charlotte audiences from her performances at the Evening Muse and at coffee houses, She is often accompanied by a three-piece band, but will only be accompanied by her drummer and electric guitar player for the Dave Barnes concert.

Worthington will perform three of her original compositions during the 15-minute set she has been allotted. “I consider my compositions fun music, music that is catchy but with depth,” she said. Her musical influences include Adele, Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz.

The young artist started playing guitar at age 15 to help lead music activities for children at her church. Worthington said she began writing songs one day and soon was performing her compositions.

Worthington signed a recording contract with Split Rail Records, the student-run recording label in Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music, and will have a CD release party for “Show Me Where to Go” May 3 at 10 p.m. at Galileo’s in Boone.

After graduating in May, Worthington will return to Charlotte where she will intern with a local radio station. “I want to get a taste for different aspects of the broadcasting industry that I might pursue, including promotions, news and talk radio. But I will always play music.”