Milan musicians take the stage


By Mary Racette

Milan High School student musicians, Grayson Motsinger, Garrett McCracken and Joshua Kanaley, raised money for the theater program by organizing and performing at Concert Night.
The event took place at The Dennis McComb Performing Arts Center on a Saturday Night, giving families and students a chance to witness Milan’s young talent.  Motsinger’s and McCracken’s alternative rock band The Sympathy took the stage first, performing seven original songs along with covers of popular rock bands, The Killers and The Smiths.  The duo was summoned back on stage by the cheering audience to perform an encore, which they chose to play Tears for Fears’ hit “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.”
Following “The Sympathy”, independent hip hop artist Kanaley performed his original songs under the name Jish Kanoli.  The concept of Concert Night was initially brought to the table by Kanaley, who called upon Motsinger and McKracken to lengthen and broaden the appeal of the Concert.  The night concluded with a song performed by all three artists, incorporating vocals by McCracken and Kanaley, and guitar by Motsinger.
Motsinger’s love for music began in fifth grade, when he learned how to play the drums.  Now he is a self taught guitarist and he plays a total of seven instruments. He is currently a member of three bands, including the band he is in with his father, Dallas (Gray) Motsinger, who he said is his “greatest influence as a musician.”  Motsinger wants to pursue a career in music once he attends Washtenaw Community College for two years and then the Tennessee Preparatory Arts School to major in Guitar Theory and Audio Engineering.
McCracken’s passion for singing started in his middle school choir class.  After reconnecting with Motsinger last spring, the two decided to start writing and recording songs for their new band The Sympathy.  McCracken plans to attend Washtenaw Community College for two years but is still undecided on which career path to follow.
Kanaley’s pursuit of a career in music was inspired by his discovery of various hip hop artists on Spotify.  He began recording music in November and now has his songs released on Spotify under the name Jish Kannoli. He also plans to attend Washtenaw Community College for Audio Engineering and hopes to pursue a career as a music producer and artist.  
Together, Jish Kannoli and The Sympathy ended up raising over $200 for the theater program.

Mary Racette is a student freelance writer reporting on Milan.a

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