WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – At the 64th Grammy Awards on Sunday night, some of what viewers saw and heard on the show had Wichita connections. On Monday, Eyewitness News spoke about the experience with a nominee and another songwriter with Wichita connections.
Wichitan Roy Moye III started writing and creating music in 2015. It was the start of a journey that led to a Grammy nomination on Sunday night.
“In 2019, you know, I’m an engineer, also a singer. [I] I love to sing, I love music, and I combined that to create STEMusic, LLC, which is my small business that promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to various audiences,” said Moye said. “So we’re on a mission to inspire the next generation.”
Over time, Moye’s passion for making music for children grew.
“And that, I didn’t know, launched me into the children’s music industry,” Moye said of STEMusic, LLC. “So when I started this project, I became a children’s music artist. I hadn’t realised.”
Moye’s journey led him to become a member of 1 Tribe Collective. Then to Sunday night’s nomination for Best Children’s Music Album for their “All One Tribe” album.
Not only was Wichitan nominated for “Best Children’s Music Album” with 1 Tribe Collective; he was in the audience for the show in Vegas.
“What a ride, what a trip to take,” Moye said. “And what I love the most about it is ‘yes, we wanted to win, everyone wants to win, but when we think about what we did, it’s very historic.
The album covers many topics for children.
“It’s a 26-song album on topics ranging from STEM, science, tech, engineering, math, black history, family, COVID. So many different topics on this album, the story of you know, what we did as black people as a black community for our children,” Moye said.
For Wichita songwriter Cameron Bedell, watching a song he helped write perform on the biggest stage was a dream come true. Bedell wrote a song called “Down Home” for country artist Jimmie Allen. Allen performed the song on Sunday at the Grammy’s.
It was a moment he described as “very, very surreal and cool”.
“But it also doesn’t happen without the time invested,” Bedell said.
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