Chris Paterno, A&S ‘15
Chris Paterno is a singer-songwriter who has been drawn to music since the fourth grade. In high school, Paterno played tenor drum and was involved in the marching band. Since then, he has been experimenting with different musical instruments, such as the guitar and harmonica.
Auditioned with and performing: “Morning Light” by Chris Paterno
Shower tune: “I’m Not the Only One” by Sam Smith
Other activities: Health and fitness coach
“I tend to be drawn to rhythmic music and anything with a softer side. I’m influenced by artists like Ed Sheeran, John Mayer, and Ray Lamontagne.”
Jonathan Vaughan, A&S ’15
Jonathan Vaughan has been singing for as long as he can remember. With a penchant for soulful music, Vaughan finds inspiration from artists such as Robin Thicke, Usher, and Justin Timberlake. Outside of singing, Vaughan hopes eventually to break into the entertainment industry through acting and screenwriting.
Auditioned with: “Rolling in the Deep” cover by John Legend
Performing: “All of Me” by John Legend
Other activities: Beats A capella group, screenwriting, acting
“I remember being constantly yelled at growing up by teachers for always singing.”
Alex Cavanaugh, CSOM ’17
Alex Cavanaugh is a guitarist and singer who drew his musical influence from rock icons such as Billy Joel and Dave Grohl. Since playing guitar as a teenager, he has gradually ventured into the singing world.
Auditioned with: “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash
Performing: “Just a Dream” by Nelly
Shower tune: “Cowboy Casanova” by Carrie Underwood
Other activities: Hockey and soccer
“The first gig I ever had was on my 15th birthday. It was at a bar and I just picked up a guitar and ended up playing for over an hour.”
Wynmm Murphy, A&S ’18
Wynmm Murphy’s inception into the music world began when her father handed her a guitar and forbade her from leaving her room until she taught herself how to play. Since then, Murphy has attended a performing arts school and transferred her music learning into vocal training and singing.
Auditioned with: “The Boobs Song” by Priscilla Ahn
Performing: “Hit Me Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears
Shower tune: Some Aretha Franklin
Other activities: Hello…Shovelhead!
“I tend to get nervous right before I go on, but I also get addicted to the feeling of feeling nervous.”
Meghan Linehan, CSOM ’17
Meaghan is a marketing and theater major whose performance credentials at Boston College include God’s Will, Legally Blonde, and ASM Dance.
Audition song: “Ordinary People” John Legend
Shower songs: “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, “If I Ain’t Got You” Alicia Keys, Beyonce
Other activities: Dramatic Society, Dynamics, ELP
“I go for bluesy or soulful music like John Legend”
Chris Colgan, CSOM ’16
Chris Colgan leads the music at the 10:15 p.m. Sunday mass in the Heights Room. The late night mass crowd has grown accustomed to his deep voice over the past two years. An RA on Newton, Chris is set to move down the hall into Robsham with the similarity spiritual cover of Bon Iver.
Auditioned with and performing: “I Can’t Make You Love Me” by Bon Iver
Shower tune: “Latch” by Sam Smith
Other activities: Freshman RA, Student Admissions Program, Arrupe
“I’m always a little nervous when I perform in front of people, but always really excited.”
Nick Page, A&S ‘18
Nick stylistically falls in between Sam Smith and Ed Sheeran—two worthy pillars of popularity. After making the Bostonians out the freshman gate, Nick welcomes the opportunity to setp away from the hums and oohs of a capella for a night.
Auditioned with and performing: “Latch” by Sam Smith
Shower tune: “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran
Other activities: The Bostonians
“I think I’m ready. I’m doing it with my roommate (Ameet Kallarackal ’18), so we’ve been practicing. He’s playing violin.”
Esther Chung, CSON ‘17
Esther splits her free time between the a cappella group Against the Current, her church group, and her on-campus job at Addie’s. Chung will be accompanied by Eric Lee, A&S ’15, in her performance for Sing it to the Heights.
Auditioned with: “Fill a Heart” by Tori Kelly
Performing: “Firework” by Katy Perry
Shower tune: “Titanium” by David Guetta
Other activities: Against the Current
“I’m in Against the Current … I’m a little nervous, but I’ve performed with my group before so it should be okay.”
Patrick Fei, A&S ’18
Patrick added creative flair to his audition for BC’s Sing It to the Heights. In addition to Kanye West’s recent release “The Only One,” Fei will be performing a mashup of other genre blending tunes.
Auditioned with: “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
Performing: “The Only One” by Kanye West
Shower tune: “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys
Outside activities: The Heightsmen
“A couple songs had the same chords and I think they fit well: “Thinking Out Loud,” “Stay with Me,” or MJ’s “Man in the Mirror.”
Liz McGovern, A&S ’18
When she’s not working on stage for BC theater, she’s working in radio for WZBC, and when she’s not sifting through stacks of CD’s in the WZBC office she’s singing with The Acoustics. Quite a proficient start. Is she nervous for the big show? Not at all.
Auditioned with: “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash
Performing: “Future Love” by Lady Gaga
Shower tune: “I’ll Be Seeing You” Billie Holiday
Other activities: Theater, WZBC The Acoustics
I’m sort of a hybrid of folk and jazz. I have a jazzy voice but I write folk music.
Featured Image by Breck Wills / Heights Graphic