Alexis Grace is crowdfunding her debut EP and first music video.
The singer-songwriter from Memphis who was on the eighth season of “American Idol” in 2009 – she finished in 11th place – has since then been, as she puts it, “working hard to put my original music out in the world.” Along those lines, she’s planning to release her first EP in January.
She’s already written and recorded six new songs. She’s got an Indiegogo page set up where contributors can pick from goodies as rewards for donating.
Grace is dedicating the EP to her father, who passed away in the summer. “He was a professional bass player on Beale street for almost 40 years, and didn’t stop until he literally couldn’t play, so neither will I,” she writes on her Indiegogo campaign page.
You can’t be there. Media can’t be there. But on Saturday, Nov. 8 at FedExForum, the University of Memphis men’s basketball team will play an undisclosed opponent (Ok, we’re 99 percent sure it’s Saint Louis) in a “secret scrimmage.”
One thing that’s not a secret: Sophomore forward Austin Nichols won’t play because of “double case of pink eye,” according to Tigers coach Josh Pastner. Junior forward Shaq Goodwin and guard and Vanderbilt transfer Kedren Johnson, who also are nursing minor injuries, are questionable.
Sophomore Nick King not having Nichols, and possibly Goodwin, won’t have an impact on the rest of the Tigers.
“We know what Shaq and Austin are capable of doing,” King said.
Pastner has a largely inexperienced team this season after losing four senior guards off a team that advanced to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. He says he’s confident this team will play hard and defend but, beyond that, “I have no idea about outcomes of games.
“As much as I can’t stand gray area,” Pastner said, “this team has a lot of gray area.”
“I have not given up, we are still working with investors to buy our property. The last thing I ever wanted to do, but a difficult decision was made to close the doors and cancel some special events. November 19th we will either reopen for another 40 years working on our goals of renovation or we will look for a new location as the new developer has informed me, ‘they have other plans…'”
For the second year in a row, the video game chain GameStop has launched a way for consumers to donate to St. Jude while they shop.
GameStop has again teamed up with St. Jude for its “Thanks and Giving” campaign, which raised more than $1 million for St. Jude last year.
Customers who shop at GameStop between Nov. 3 and Dec. 24 will be able to donate in-store or online to help kids battling cancer and other disease at St. Jude. Customers who make a donation at any GameStop location will get a coupon for 10 percent off the future purchase of a pre-owned game.
At a reception Oct. 28 at the Brooks Museum of Art, the First Tennessee Foundation is handing out $5,000 checks to 84 West Tennessee nonprofits chosen as part of the “150 Days of Giving Campaign.”
The campaign was related to First Tennessee Bank’s 150th anniversary celebration, which is ongoing this year.
Those scheduled to speak at the event include Bryan Jordan, CEO of First Tennessee’s parent company First Horizon National Corp, First Tennessee Foundation chairman Charles Burkett and Bruce Hopkins, president of First Tennessee’s West Tennessee market.
The winning nonprofits:
Agape Child – Memphis
American Cancer Society – Memphis
ArtsMemphis – Memphis
Ballet Memphis – Memphis
Ballet on Wheels Dance School & Company – Memphis
Baptist Memorial Health Care Foundation – Memphis
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Memphis – Memphis
Bridges USA – Memphis
Christ Community Health Services – Memphis
Church Health Center – Memphis
Circuit Playhouse Inc. – Memphis
Dixon Gallery and Gardens – Memphis
Facing History and Ourselves – Memphis
Families Matter – Memphis
Forrest Spence Fund – Memphis
Friends For Life – Memphis
Germantown Community Theatre – Germantown
Germantown Performing Arts Center – Germantown
Girl Scouts Heart of the South – Memphis
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis – Memphis
Hattiloo Theatre – Memphis
Hands Up! Preschool – Jackson
Hope House Memphis – Memphis
Indie Memphis – Memphis
Jackson Christian School – Jackson
Junior League of Memphis – Memphis
LeBonheur Children’s Hospital – Memphis
Literacy Mid-South – Memphis
Livable Memphis Program of Community Development Council of Greater Memphis – Memphis
Madonna Learning Center – Memphis
Make-A-Wish Mid-South – Memphis
Memphis Botanic Gardens – Memphis
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art – Memphis
Memphis Child Advocacy – Memphis
Memphis College of Art – Memphis
Memphis Farmers Market – Memphis
Memphis Gay and Lesbian Community Center – Memphis
Memphis Goodwill, Inc. – Memphis
Memphis Heritage, Inc. – Memphis
Memphis Library Foundation – Memphis
Memphis Oral School for the Deaf – Memphis
Memphis Symphony Orchestra – Memphis
Memphis Theological Seminary – Memphis
Memphis Union Mission – Memphis
Memphis Zoo, Inc. – Memphis
Meritan – Memphis
Mid-South Food Bank – Memphis
MIFA – Memphis
National Foundation for Transplants – Memphis
Oasis of Hope – Memphis
Opera Memphis – Memphis
Orpheum Theatre – Memphis
Overton Park Conservancy – Memphis
Page Robbins Adult Day Care Center – Collierville
Pink Palace Family of Museums – Memphis
Pyramid Music/ Memphis Youth Symphony – Memphis
Regional Inter-faith Association (RIFA) – Jackson
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Memphis – Memphis
Salvation Army Memphis – Memphis
Shelby County Books from Birth – Memphis
Shelby Farms Park Conservancy – Memphis
Soulsville – Memphis
SRVS – Memphis
St Louis Catholic School – Memphis
St. Agnes Academy – St. Dominic School – Memphis
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – Memphis
St. Mary’s Episcopal School – Memphis
Streets Ministries – Memphis
Susan G. Komen – Memphis
The Blues Foundation – Memphis
The Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse – Jackson
The Exchange Club Family Center – Memphis
The Hagar Center – Memphis
The Jackson Symphony – Jackson
The Memphis BoyChoir – Memphis
The University of Memphis – Memphis
Theatre Memphis – Memphis
West Tennessee Area Council, Boy Scouts of America – Jackson
West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation – Jackson
WEVL FM 89.9 – Memphis
Wings Cancer Foundation – Memphis
WKNO Public Broadcasting – Memphis
Wolf River Conservancy – Memphis
Youth Villages – Memphis