It All Begins With A Song…

The annual Mississippi Songwriter’s Festival was held this past weekend (September 15-17) on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This was the eighth year of the festival. The Delta Music Institute showed up and showed out with sweet, original tunes from students Carrie Lynn Stanford and Lucy George. Our very own DMI Director, Tricia Walker, performed as well.

Senior Carrie Lynn Stanford hosted a venue both nights and also hosted the youth showcase. Carrie Lynn said, “I always enjoy going to the MS Songwriters’ Festival because every year I get to meet new songwriters and reconnect with the people who got me started in songwriting.”CarrieLynn

Here’s a great piece of local news coverage, featuring Lucy George giving a shout out to Delta State! (Thanks, Lucy:)

Our hearts are broken over the passing of the one and only Lucy Janoush. If anyone knew Mrs. Lucy, you would know that she had a heart of gold. She loved the Mississippi Delta, Music, Art, Students, her Family, and so much more.

DMI Senior Brittany McGee stated, “Mrs. Lucy was truly one of a kind. I met her when I first came to Delta State in 2015. She was one of the most caring, genuine souls I have met in Cleveland, MS. Some of my greatest college memories were made possible because of Mrs. Lucy and her family.  She definitely left her mark on this town. So many great things have happened in Cleveland and the MS Delta because of Mrs. Lucy. She will be missed greatly.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this time of grief. We hope you’ll take the time to read tributes to Lucy’s life and her service to the Cleveland community at the link below. Rest in peace, Ms. Lucy…you made our world a better place…thank you.


Let the 2017-18 school year begin!

Let the 2017-18 school year begin…

We are excited to start the school year with over 100 DMI Entertainment Industry Studies program majors! Our program has seen a substantial amount of growth and we are eager to see what the future holds.

This summer, 23 students from the DMI program were placed in internship positions with music and entertainment industry companies in Memphis, Nashville, Los Angeles, Oklahoma City, and Jackson. We also hosted our eleventh DMI Summer Camp and fourth DMI Freshmen Boot Camp.

To start the year, one of our outstanding seniors, Olivia DeGrado, is kicking off her Senior Project by producing a concert series in downtown Cleveland, MS on the green space (much like the Levitt AMP concerts). This will be a FREE 4-week concert series and each concert will feature a different genre of American music, including Blues, Country, Gospel, and Americana. Each concert will feature a DMI student or group as the opening act, beginning at 6:00 PM.

Jesse Robinson
Jesse “Guitar” Robinson

The Wired for Sound Concert Series will begin on September 12 featuring Jesse Robinson. Burnham Road will take the stage on September 27 and Coahoma Community College Choir on October 10. Young Valley will wrap up the concert series on October 26.

To learn more about artists for the upcoming Wired for Sound Concert Series click on the links below:

Jesse Robinson-

Burnham Road-

Coahoma Community College Choir-

Young Valley-

We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of this music series.

City of Cleveland  • Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce • Kirk Brothers Ford-Lincoln, LLC

Automark  •  Planter’s Bank  •  DSU Quality Enhancement Plan  •  Mr. Alan Morgan

The school year is off to a great and, as always, busy start, and we can’t wait to tell you about more events and exciting news as they approach.  Stay tuned…see you on the green space for some live music!

Brittany McGee (DSU ’17)


Feature Friday: Laeitta “Eittabug” Wade

This week’s Feature Friday throws Laeitta “Eittabug” Wade in front of the camera (instead of her normal place behind it).  Laeitta is a DMI Graduate and the owner of Eittabug Productions.

In the DMI 101 class, Laeitta began learning the basics of iMovie and realized, “Oh, I really like this.”  She began doing more video work at home and at church.  While training in the audio engineering track at DMI, Laeitta explored videography further and was constantly enlisted by instructor Tricia Walker to film promos, live events, and even music videos.  Through DMI connections and GRAMMY U events, she began meeting more people and gained more exposure.  “It exposed me to a lot of things I didn’t know existed, which exposed me to myself more… Who I am, and what I want to do: to use all the skills I’ve learned here at DMI to tell a story using songwriting, audio engineering, and videography.”

After graduation, Laeitta “took a leap of faith” and decided to try out her business plan.  After a couple of years, business for Eittabug Productions is picking up, getting more clientele and larger and larger clients.  “Sometimes, it’s still a surprise that it worked out… I’m just a girl from Mississippi, I didn’t think anyone would trust me with a camera.  It’s good to know that people believe in and support you… After a couple of documentaries and short films, I know I’m definitely on the right path to building something new down here.”

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