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Graff releases EP ‘Magic’

AndreaDespite a budding freelance writing career, ORU alumna Andrea Graff set her focus on her first love: music.

Along with her two brothers, Graff recently released “Magic,” a four-track EP available on iTunes.

“We did it all in our spare time. It was a process, but it was a fun one,” said Graff.

Graff, who graduated from ORU in May 2012, is the niece of alumnus Joel Osteen. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Media, Print and Broadcast Journalism. After working on the ORU worship team and interning at Country Music Television in Nashville, Tennessee, Graff spared no time on diving into her music career.

Released May 20, “Magic” touches on both the reality of life and hope, themes that Graff wanted present in her music.

In “Here with Me,” Graff sings, “The cold nights seem much colder/And the long walks so much further/You’re not here with me, here with me.”

“I wanted to write things about my life and things that are real. I wanted there to be a positive message throughout it,” said Graff. “That is what I want to do in everything I do, whether it is in music or writing.”

Originally, Graff planned on attending Belmont University and getting a degree in Music Business. At 17, her plans changed.

“I visited ORU with one of my friends and I just felt like that was where I was suppose to be. I changed my plans and ended up going to ORU,” said Graff.
She was involved with the university’s worship team for a year but discovered her love for writing and began to focus on that. Graff wrote for the Oracle and helped with the campus radio station, KORU.

“At ORU, that is where I learned that I love to write. I didn’t know that before, which has proven to be good because that is what I do to make money,” said Graff.

Mark Labash, a media professor at ORU, said Graff always had a positive attitude and worked hard.

“You know when you miss a student after they leave that the student was a valuable contributor to your staff, and that was true of Andrea,” said Labash.

During her junior year, Graff was able to land an internship at Country Music Television in Nashville. Her internship gave her a chance to mix her two passions—music and writing.

The ORU alumna currently resides in her hometown of Victoria, Texas, and is working on her freelance writing career.

“Music is what I love, but I am really into writing books right now. That is kind of my thing. I’m finishing up one right now, and I am about to start another one,” said Graff.

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