Krista Hughes To Be Special Guest For Concord University Homecoming Parade

For Immediate Release: 
Oct 06 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312,         





ATHENS, W.Va. – Krista Hughes, whose recent blind audition performance on NBC’s “The Voice” turned all four chairs, will be a special guest in Concord University’s Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 8 in Athens.

A resident of Coal City, W.Va., Hughes performed the John Prine classic, “Angel from Montgomery” for the audition.

Hughes developed a love of singing and playing guitar at an early age encouraged by the gift of a guitar from her grandfather.

“I got my start singing and playing when I was just a small kid. My grandpa is the biggest reason I started,” she said. “He bought me my first guitar from a pawn shop when I was just four years old and he taught me the basic chords and helped me learn. The singing aspect of it all just sort of came naturally. I picked up a mic once when I was three years old and started singing like I was a regular little pro.”

Hughes has been enrolled at Concord pursuing a degree in biology but has taken this semester off to devote time to her musical career.

“Unfortunately, I had to take this semester off because of all of the traveling, but I plan on coming back. I’m majoring in biology and would really like to finish that degree. I take most of my classes in Beckley, but I have had quite a few in Athens as well,” she said.

As for musical influences, Hughes admits she has “so many influences that it’s hard to narrow them down.”

“If I had to choose, I guess I’d go with Tanya Tucker, Patty Loveless, and my most recent influence is Ashley Monroe; she is an amazing songwriter so I really look to her for inspiration when writing songs,” she said.

This rising star is no stranger to the stage. “I’ve been blessed to play quite a few awesome places,” she said. “The most memorable are Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge in Nashville, Tenn., The Wheeling Jamboree and also the West Virginia State Fair.”

Her performance on “The Voice” however, has ramped up her time in the spotlight.

“Things are a little hectic right now, but I love it! I honestly couldn’t be any happier,” she said. “It’s a little weird receiving as much attention as I have, I mean, I feel like I’m just like anyone else so I find it strange when people want my autograph or want a picture with me. It makes me feel awesome, though, when I see how excited they are. I am so humbled by all of the love and support I have seen since all of this, I feel truly blessed beyond belief!

“I never really expected things to be as big as they are, I’m really not sure what I was expecting. It’s been a crazy ride so far, but I’ve loved every single minute!” she said.

Hughes will have an opportunity to move up in “The Voice” competition when the battle rounds start on Oct. 12.

Joining Hughes as a guest celebrity for the CU Homecoming Parade is fellow musician and alumnus of “The Voice” Cody Wickline. The Beckley, W.Va. country music performer is Grand Marshal for the annual parade. Wickline made it to the top 30 in a previous season of “The Voice.”

The parade will begin at 6 p.m. This year’s parade will introduce a new and extended route. Participant line-up will now be located in the parking lot at Concord’s Callaghan Stadium at 4:15 p.m. The parade will begin at the stadium and make its way through the front of campus and up Vermillion Street. The procession will then turn right onto Church Street and then take its final turn right onto East Broadway Street and conclude in the Wooddell Hall parking lot. The community is welcome and encouraged to attend.


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Krista Hughes


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