UNC Student Making Waves With New Alicia Keys Cover, Video

Up-and-coming pop star Kara Eliza has made quite the name for herself over the course of her young life.  Having started singing at the tender age of 8, Eliza — who is currently studying at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and set to graduate next month — she started writing and recording her own songs by her teens, and has performed on both sides of the Atlantic, even performing with Broadway stars in Neil Berg’s ‘Night of 1,000 Stars.’

A professionally trained opera singer with a 3-4 octave range, the New York native has just released her video for her cover of Alicia Keys’ hit single ‘New York State of Mind.’  The video is streaming online now here.  It opens with two of New York City’s most iconic images — the New York City skyline and the Statue of Liberty — before moving to footage of Eliza performing Keys’ song solo in a quaint studio setting.

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Eliza’s piano-driven performance is complimented with an unseen string accompaniment and percussion backing as it progresses.  The video ends with one last aerial shot of New York City lit up at night as its final statement to highlight even more the song’s lyrical love letter to the city that never sleeps.

More information on Eliza’s new single and video is available online now along with all of her latest news at:

 

Website: http://www.karaelizamusic.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karaelizamusic

 

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Daugherty, Others Staying With ESPN After 2014 NASCAR Season Ends

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Courtesy: ESPN

ESPN and NASCAR are parting ways at the end of the 2014 season. Despite this change, there’s good news for audiences and ESPN’s NASCAR broadcast team. ESPN announced this week that analyst and team owner Brad Daugherty will remain with the worldwide leader in sports.

ESPN announced this week that Daugherty will join ESPN’s basketball broadcast team beginning Monday, December 1st. Daugherty is a former five-time NBA All-Star and college basketball standout. He will serve as an analyst on ESPN’s NBA Tonight, NBA Coast to Coast, and SportsCenter regularly. He will also make appearances on ESPNU’s ACC Sunday Night package along with other other programming across the ESPN family of networks.

Before joining ESPN’s NASCAR broadcasts, Daugherty served as a reporter for ESPN and ABC’s college basketball from 1999 – 2001. Prior to joining ESPN’s ranks, he also served as a game analyst for the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs local broadcasts. His playing career included eight seasons as a member of the Cavaliers after being selected in the first round of the NBA Draft in 1986. He averaged 19 points and 9.5 rebounds per game during his career. His love for NASCAR showed throughout his career as he wore the number 43 in honor of “The King” Richard Petty. The Cavs retired his number in 1997.

Daugherty is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill at the age of 16 and graduated from the university in 1986. He was named an All-ACC player twice during his college career and a first-team All-American in his senior year at the university. He averaged 20.2 points and 9 rebounds per game during his senior year at UNC.

Daugherty’s is not the only move that ESPN has announced in regards to the network’s NASCAR broadcast team. Veteran racer and long-time ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven recently signed a new deal with ESPN that will see him remain with the network as a NASCAR analyst for SportsCenter and other ESPN news platforms. Nicole Briscoe, it was announced last month, will serve as an anchor on SportsCenter and will also take on additional assignments. And reporter Marty Smith will stay on board with ESPN, too. He will remain with ESPN as a Bureau Reporter for ESPN. Allen Bestwick, who has led ESPN’s NASCAR coverage each week, will remain with the network, too. He will stay on to call ESPN’s IndyCar races and to cover tennis and golf coverage. He will also anchor some programming on ESPN’s new SEC Network.

More information on ESPN’s on-air staff and all of the latest sports headlines from ESPN is available online at:

Website: http://espn.go.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ESPN

Twitter: http://twitter.com/espn

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