William Peace University (http://www.peace.edu), a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that the university will host a live performance by the famous spoken word artist Abyss on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the university's Belk Dining Hall. In addition to Abyss, UpRite Lions, a hip hop vocal group that formed in 2008, will perform at the event. Students of William Peace University will have the chance to perform alongside Abyss and UpRite Lions as they recite their own poetry and musical talents. Following the performance, a meet and greet with the artists will held.
Abyss, whose name stands for A Bright Young Soul Searching, is a self-taught musician and has defined the realms of spoken word artistry since first entering the poetry arena. An award-winning artist, Abyss has appeared on Home Box Offices' (HBO) Def Poetry and Black Entertainment Television's (BET) 106 & Park, and performed at the 12th Annual Gospel Choice Awards. Additionally, Abyss was one of the original cast members of Somebodies, the first scripted sitcom in BET history. A published author, musician, community activist, actor and motivational speaker, Abyss is committed to supporting community initiatives and equally focused on developing the talent of bright young musical artists of tomorrow.
"We are proud to announce the inaugural spoken artist performance of William Peace University and are honored to mark this occasion with a live performance by Abyss, who is revitalizing the art of the spoken word," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. "One of the greatest things we can do as educators is to provide our students with experiences and opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. The live performance on March 14 will give WPU students the chance to showcase their own talents alongside an award-winning multi-talented artist, and we invite all to attend what is expected to be an excellent evening."