Published on September 7, 2023 by Anne Madison Adcock  
kacie bell student performing

Samford School of the Arts building, Buchanan Hall, completed a transformative 18-month renovation in Spring 2022, including the addition of the brand-new Eleanor Ousley Recording Studio. The studio has given students the opportunity to mix and create music from scratch.

Several students in the commercial music program will be releasing singles and EPs completely recorded in the new studio! As the first student to release a single recorded in the studio, sophomore commercial music major, Kacie Bell shares her inspiration behind her song October

“I wanted to create something that sounded cold,” said Kacie. “Like the first bit of fall wind that comes in when the sun is still out.”

Kacie had dreamed of recording in the studio in Buchanan since the first day she saw it. It wasn’t long until she made her dream a reality. As she began her journey of recording October, she spent all day behind the board of the studio with her professor, Steven Potaczek, running tracks and collaborating with her friends.

commercial music student Kacie BellShe started playing the piano to create the melody, then sprinkled in the lyrics. To cultivate a nostalgic, acoustic vibe, she decided to play the final version on her guitar.

October drops on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023 and will be available to stream on SpotifyApple Music, and you can visit her website to learn more about her music!

On the evening of her single release on Oct. 13, Kacie will perform her song on stage at the Montague Rocks the Planetarium concert at Christenberry Planetarium. More info here!

Follow @SamfordArts and stay tuned for the Buchanan Tracks series, where we will continue to feature students releasing songs recorded in Eleanor Ousley Recording Studio! To learn more about the Commercial Music program at Samford, and the work that many of these students are doing on a regular basis, visit their page.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.