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Carly Gibson / Press

“Last night, Copious Jones played a show of a lifetime at Smith’s Olde Bar. The celebration featured a large collection of their closest friends and “family” and they kept it comfortable and easy going. Singer-songwriters Donna Hopkins, Carly Gibson, B.J. Wilbanks and Julia Latimer were also there to support the band by playing one song at a time and then collaborating with one another on certain songs. One of the best parts about the night was that there was no specific set time for any of the acts. All of the musicians traded guitars and spots at the mikes throughout the whole night, keeping the music constant.”

“Ralph Roddenbery and Diane Durrett joined to bring a bit of percussion and back up before set break saw Carly Gibson and B.J. Wilbanks onto stage for a shift into a more folky sound. “I love these two, man,” Roddenberry told another patron over the din of the music and crowd.”

"For her part, (Caroline) Aiken says she was 'amazed at Gibson's ability at the age of 17. Her sensibilities, talent, and dedication to her art are obvious, at such a young age.'"

““I learned that if you intend to stand out, you have to practice,” Gibson says. Gibson has been performing professionally since the age of 15 in both a rock and a jazz group. But this past year the young performer has been working as a solo artist, with occasional appearances with her family's swing/jazz ensemble, Play It With Moxie. When asked what type of music she writes, Gibson says, “... organic. It's difficult to categorize. It's kind-of rock-blues-alternative-folk-acoustic.” One of her biggest thrills was getting to open at the Athens show of one of her favorite independent artists, area singer/songwriter Caroline Aiken.”

“Carly is currently working on a three song EP that should be out in a few months. The venture is being produced by former Kansas keyboardist Greg Robert. The EP is titled “Heavy Water” after the title track. “As I get older I realize how much harder being an adult is, and that’s what the song is about.” Heady stuff for a 17 year old.”

“Carly Gibson may not be receiving a GRAMMY award this year, but that achievement could very well be in her future. Gibson will have an advantage over thousands of aspiring entertainers after completing "GRAMMY Camp" this week. Gibson is one of 84 high school students nation-wide to be accepted into GRAMMY Camp. The 17-year old Gibson was accepted into the guitar track, and will be working with such luminaries as..President/CEO of "American Idol" and GRAMMY Awards music director Rickey Minor.”

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“TEENS PICKED FOR CAMP Seven Georgia high school students are among 84 teens who will attend the fifth annual Grammy Camp, a summer camp for teens pursuing careers in music. The camp takes place at the University of Southern California July 11-19. The Georgia students chosen are Amirrashid Ali of Conyers, Tiyuna Brown, William Smith and Edward Culton of Atlanta, Carly Gibson of Dahlonega, Ajoni NaNaBuluku of Lithia Springs, and Keith Turner of Decatur.”

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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