Music Extraordinaire: Ivory

Ivory West is a sure Hoosier at heart. The sophomore Ball State student is a singer, songwriter and guitarist inspired by artists like Colbie Caillat, Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaleson, and Adele, she said.

"Music has taken me from Chicago to Salt Lake City," she said. "I've opened for Collin Raye, Melanie, The Vespers and The Bergamot - some of my favorite moments in my music career."

With over 50 original songs at age 19, her stage presence and experience is ahead of her years. With rootsy guitar and somewhat of a jazzy vocal, West said that she has released three albums (Mixed Emotions, Watching Trains, & The Chicago EP) on iTunes and two independent projects only sold at live performances. She has been featured in multiple newspapers in Northern Indiana since her start in 2008.

Emma Downs of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes, "Lyrically, West pours on the charm, creating a poetic and musical version of a high school diary. It's at once endearing and surprisingly relatable."

Since 2009, West said she has played seventy-five plus shows per year including performances at State Fairs, school convocations, festivals, art fairs, city concert series, graduations, openings, weddings, private parties and wine tastings.