And that girl who’s always humming in biology? She could be the next Carrie Underwood.
UNC is teeming with student musicians, and they’re balancing tough course loads with growing musical careers like professionals.
Junior Holland Gallagher, who performs under the moniker Gentleman Contender, said he knows a thing or two about balancing his passion with growing school demands.
The 20-year-old is on track to receive a degree in statistics but spends the majority of his free time mixing electronic and synth-pop elements with tight, emotion-drenched raps. Gallagher’s career began while he was a freshman living in Ehringhaus dorm, where he played his first show and experimented with rapping, singing and writing his own songs.
“I spend most of my free time in the studio working on music, or I’m trying to book shows, or I’m reaching out to music video companies, or I’m working on the website or doing this or that,” he said.
“And now that I’m in the mindset of doing everything music, it has gotten noticeably more difficult and stressful to balance everything.”
This summer, rather than pursuing internships and jobs, Gallagher set his sights on a music career. He said his new EP “Blank Narrative” — a project he has poured nearly six months of work into — will be released in the next couple of months.
Balance is key but so is having a built-in support group and local stages that are willing to help young musicians get their time in the spotlight. Spontaneous concerts in the Pit and events like FallFest and UNC Dance Marathon cater to student musicians who are looking for local outlets.