Pierce Edens from Marshall receives NC Arts Council Fellowship

Raleigh, N.C. (October 23, 2013) — Pierce Edens from Marshall has received a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship for music in the category of songwriting. 

Edens is one of 15 artists from across the state to receive the 2013–2014 North Carolina Arts Council Artist Fellowship Award in the categories of songwriting, composing and writing. 

Artists receive a fellowship to support creative development and the creation of new work. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with expertise in each discipline. 

The N.C. Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship program operates on a two-year rotating cycle by discipline. Choreographers and visual, craft, and film/video artists are eligible to apply for the November 1, 2013 deadline

Edens was raised on local folk, old time, and country blues, but spent his teenage years surrounded by punk, grunge and angst. “It wasn’t until I began to learn to play the guitar and craft songs of my own that these two worlds fused their way into lyrics, and I discovered my voice in the middle of all this living,” he said. “Steeped in the craft I grew up on, I strive to give my songs a distinct home of their own in modern American music.”

 Named one of Mountain Xpress’ ‘Best of WNC Alt/Country-Americana Artists’ from 2007–2012, Edens received a 2008 regional artist project grant funded by the N.C. Arts Council towards the completion of his 2009 release, Long Days Above Ground. It was subsequently named one of the Top 20 Regional Albums of the year by WNCW, Spindale.

Edens says he likes to “bang on old wooden boxes, break strings, and stomp and howl out songs” that tell his own story as well as stories he’s been handed down.

“Pierce Edens is mind-bogglingly eclectic,” wrote Bold Life’s Brent Fleury of Edens’ self-titled 2012 CD. “His voice may be the only ‘semi-constant’ between wonderfully diverse songs, but even that has shown an incredible step forward in depth, range and expressiveness…He has an excellent sense of what each song calls for, and attunes his voice accordingly.”

His website is www.pierceedens.com.

About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council works to make North Carolina The Creative State where a robust arts industry produces a creative economy, vibrant communities, children prepared for the 21st century and lives filled with discovery and learning. The Arts Council accomplishes this in partnership with artists and arts organizations, other organizations that use the arts to make their communities stronger and North Carolinians—young and old—who enjoy and participate in the arts. For more information visit www.ncarts.org.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council, and the State Archives.

The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources serves as a champion for North Carolina’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. To learn more, visit www.ncculture.com.