Leather couches, ceiling lights, fog machines, crew and audience members filled the stage Tuesday night as rising star Briana Tyson performed with her band in Lovett Auditorium.
Tyson and her band were welcomed onto the stage by local radio station Froggy 103.7, who also broadcasted the entire show.
Tyson’s show was a part of the Lovett Live concert series.
Lovett Live is a concert series that brings a mixture of artists to Murray for an intimate concert setting.
“Thanks for coming out tonight,” Tyson said. “I’ve never actually been to Murray so I’m very excited.”
The band opened with one of Tyson’s original songs called “Never Been Better” and ended the night with a cover of Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim.”
Tyson also sang one of her idol’s songs “Waiting on the World to Change” by John Mayer and Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Tuesday was the first time Tyson performed live with the full band, although they had practices beforehand. Also in the band was Tyson’s sister, Sabrina Tyson, who sang backup vocals.
“One of our sorority sisters who works at the CFSB Center, posted on our sorority’s (Facebook) wall to come to the show tonight,” said Sarah Mattison, freshman from Bowling Green, Ky.
Mattison attended the show with two of her Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sisters, Katherine Dawson, freshman from Henderson, Ky., and Holli Gromelski, junior from Mattoon, Ill.
The sorority sisters also met with Tyson and her band after the show where they got their tickets autographed by Tyson.
Tyson’s next performance will be in Nashville, Tenn., where the band will continue working toward a tour this summer.
Story by Brandon Cash, Staff writer