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WVU Student-run record label released two EP records by students

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Marissa Bailey, left, and the WVU Jazz Ensemble.

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West Virginia University’s Mon Hills Records, is releasing music from one of WVU’s own and jazz music from multiple generations of WVU students. A senior musical theatre and strategic communications major from Clarksburg, Marissa Bailey participated in WVU’s Mountaineer Idol and was approached by Mon Hills Records to record an EP of songs that best fit her style. Mon Hills Records has released Bailey’s EP record, “Songs from an Italian Piazza.” The student run record-label has also released “Celebrating 40 Years of Jazz” and “Country Roads,” which features six original compositions, all written by current members of the jazz program.

Quotes and Comments

“I loved the idea from the beginning. Josh understood who I was as a singer and gave the project an identity that we could build a really good EP from. It’s something different but relatable to who I am as a singer and person.” – Marissa Bailey

“The styles are everywhere in the jazz arena. When you have guitarists, a drummer, a keyboardist and horn players composing music, you get a sense of their tastes and influences. It’s a great collection of music.” – Jared Sims, director of WVU’s Jazz Studies program

“I thought being able to feature these new student compositions with a classic WVU recording was a great way to feature the Jazz Program at WVU.” – Josh Swiger, Mon Hills Records General Manager


Link to original story: Marissa Bailey releases “Songs From an Italian Piazza”

Link to original story: WVU Jazz program celebrates 40 years with dual album release

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Marissa Bailey’s recording of Can’t Help Falling in Love (0:30)

Marissa Bailey’s recording of “O Sole Mio” (0:32)

Target Audiences

Jazz lovers
WVU students interested in recording
People interested in music
WVU and Morgantown community
WVU Jazz Studies alumni



CONTACT: Bernadette Dombrowski, Communications Specialist, College of Creative Arts,; 304.293.3397