Rachel Delk Wood coming to the Arts Center

Rachel Delk Wood is bringing her musical talent at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 20, to Sundays at the Center at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts.
Staff Writer

Sundays at the Center Series, sponsored by the West Point/Clay County Arts Council, is presenting Rachel Delk Wood at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 20, at the Louise Campbell Center for the Arts. Sunday’s Concert will include her original songs as well as a few of her favorite covers.

"I've always loved music," Wood said. "I couldn't name a favorite genre. There is something wonderful to be found in every type of music."
Wood said she will be singing some covers of her favorite songs, along with some of her own original songs that she wrote the lyrics and accompaniment.

"A lot of what I sing are ballads," Wood said. "I love love songs. The ones I wrote are from personal experience. My sister died at the age of 28. I wrote a song about that loss. I went through four years where I didn't write at all. I'll perform the first song I wrote after that."

She said she hopes her music will make people laugh, cry and think about life. She wrote a fun, upbeat song called "Intergalactic R.V." that she is looking forward to singing Sunday.

“I was aware of Rachel’s musical versatility," Kathy Dyess, former faculty member at William Carey and member of the WPCCAC said. "My opinion was further broadened when I found out she was an accompanist at the William Carey Dinner Theatre in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Her ability to be flexible, improvise, and make the
show flow seamlessly would have been tested and honed during this summer experience.”

Wood is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Mississippi University for Women in December of 2008, Wood received her Bachelor's Degree in Music with a double concentration in Piano and Voice. While she attended the university, she was a part of the MUW Chorale, The MUW Jazz Band, and the MUW Madrigals. She also won Most Outstanding Student in Music in 2007 and 2008.

"I work at the First United Methodist Church in West Point," Wood said. "I work with Julie Gray of the Arts Council and she asked me if I would like to perform. I was so very pleased that she asked me. I'm a little nervous, but very happy to be able to play this Sunday."

Wood is the owner of L.E.A.H. (Learning to Envision and Author Harmony) Music which provides musical services to the surrounding area, including piano/voice/guitar lessons, accompanying, dinner parties, weddings, and funerals.

She is currently the accompanist and assistant director for the Columbus Girl Choir, and has previously been the accompanist for the MUW Chamber Singers, MUW University Singers, MUW Encore, and MUW voice students. She is the Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in West Point, and
Director of choir for the Columbus Air Force Base Catholic Community Mass.
Sundays at the Center is free and open to the public as part of the West Point/Clay County Art Council’s mission to bring quality art, music, and theater to our citizens. For more information call Julie Gray at 295-0461.