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By Contributor
March 21st, 2018

With lyrically driven indie-folk and R&B songs, singer-songwriters Jelayna Murdoch and Tessa Frey will be performing at Nelson’s Shambhala Performance Hall for their graduation showcase on Friday, March 23rd. 

With lyrical influences such as Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Carly Simon, Jelayna paints vivid pictures in the listeners’ mind. Drawing on love, loss and growing up as central themes in her music, she infuses a youthful touch into classic folk.

“Murdoch tends to stick to acoustic folk music, and songwriting will always be the most important part of making music for her,” says New Westminster: Music by the River. This passion for songwriting and honest lyrics are prominent in her performances.

With a sound that touches on the folk of the early 60s, Tessa finds influence in soul, rock and blues, mixing them together in a concoction of image dense lyrics, classic guitar with a soulful groove. She touches all her songs with raspy vocals as she brings a new take on folk.

Frey has been writing and performing for more than ten years. With experience performing at festivals and busking on street corners. She has been a guest act at the Dream Cafe in Penticton, B.C. as well headlining at some of Nelson’s most popular bars with her band Tenth Street.

Sheldon Nordell (Drums), Cole Senger (Guitar), Selina Heyligers-Hare (Guitar), Sam Hobeyn (Bass), Nella Banner (Violin), Anika Wallace (Trumpet), Keegan Schuh (Keys), Kamren Bermel (Keys), Erin L’Heureux (vocals), Ross Nordell (vocals) and Emilaea Woodwolf (vocals) will complete this talented band composed of fellow Selkirk students.

The March 23rdShambhala Performance Hall show will be by donation. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the music starting at 7:30 p.m.

To learn more about Jelayna Murdoch’s music, head to her website at to listen to more of Tessa Frey’s music, head to her youtube channel,

PHOTO CAPTION: Selkirk Contemporary Music songwriting majors Tessa Frey & Jelayna Murdoch will perform at Shambhala Performance Hall on March 23rdat 7pm, backed by a talented band of fellow students.

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