BOONVILLE — Each year, Carolina Bible Camp hosts a bluegrass festival at its site in Mocksville. This year, a local group comprised of high school students was invited to perform the national anthem to open the event.
The A Cafellas is comprised of eight students from Starmount High School and one from Forbush High School.
“When we got to the camp, we went to stand and were looking for somewhere to warm up,” said member Charlie Smythers, adding that “a volunteer for the festival came and got us and took us to one of the cabins where the artists were allowed to hang out before they perform.”
Upon entering the cabin, they needed to warm up their vocals. “While we were warming up, the same volunteer came in the cabin that we were practicing in and asked if we had any songs that we would like to perform after the national anthem and we agreed [and were] very happy to do so,” Nathan Trivette said. “It really didn’t need to be said, but it was pretty obvious that the song we would choose would be ‘Lean On Me.’”
Brady Miller agreed that the song was one of the group’s favorites. “We sing, and we all have fun with it,” Miller said.
After the A Cafellas performed, they were met by the upcoming musicians joining the stage. “The group that was next to perform, greeted us and told us that they thought we were really good,” said Jesse Houston, whose twin brother, Adam Houston, also performs in the high school choral group. The two have found a new way of bonding over their vocal talents.
“One of the coolest parts of the day was getting to sign the posters that were being sent to all of the sponsors of the event. It was just cool that a rag-tag group of high school students from Yadkin County were able to go and travel and share the talents that we possess with a wide variety of people,” Adam Houston said.
Adam Houston and Morgann Love are senior members of the Starmount High School journalism club.