Winter Coffee House warms attendees

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Abigail Smith and Jonathan Nguyen perform “A Whole New World. Photo courtesy of Kaylin Lauscher.

KNOXVILLE – On Nov. 16, the winter Coffee House took place. This gathering of talent by Johnson University students drew an especially packed crowd.

The night began with Josh Meadows, who sang and played covers of “Love Somebody,” “After the Storm,” and “The Only Exception.”

He was followed by Ben Faust and his friends, who played a Mumford and Sons Mash-up. After their strongly musical performance, Vallery Morgan gave a vocal performance, singing both “Oceans” and “I’ll Be Home.”

Later, Charles Bates injected a little Christmas spirit with “Jingle Bells” and “Winter Wonderland.” He was followed by Austin Spidell – joined by Lexi and Chase – who did covers of “My Lighthouse” and “Little Talks.”

Before the break, Jonathan Nguyen and Abigail Smith brought the audience back to their childhood with their rendition of “Whole New World.”

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MaKenzee Lady and Tanner Rutherford combine their musical talents at Coffee House. Photo courtesy of Kaylin Lauscher.

After the intermission, Tanner Rutherford was joined by Mackenzee Lady as they covered “Angel from Montgomery” and performed a few original songs.

They were followed by Jeremy Cox and Raelyn Lomison, covering “I’m Not the Only One,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “What’s the Point.”

Olivia Martin gave a quick break from the music by reading some of her own poetry. Afterwards, Mackenzee Lady performed with a special guest, and they sang “I’m Just a Kid,” “Cheetah Sisters,” and “Rock Your Body.”

Finishing the night, Josh Baily displayed some guitar mixing to recreate “American Girl” and “Cactus in the Valley.”

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