Zackery Edwards came to Emory & Henry to study science and play soccer. But while he was there, he discovered a passion for music that began when he joined with “random acquaintances” to play music on someone’s front porch.
Edwards, along with fellow Emory & Henry alumnus Tim Kilbourne, were two of the original members of the alternative folk band Annabelle’s Curse, which was established in 2010. Since then, the band has recorded two albums of original music and plays regularly at venues throughout the Southeast, including Bristol’s Rhythm and Roots Reunion, The Blue Plum, Rhythm N’ Blooms, The Red White and Bluegrass Festival, and BorderBash. The band’s most recent album, Hollow Creature, was produced by Grammy-nominated David Mayfield and funded by fans through a kickstarter campaign that raised $11,000.
Edwards credits Emory & Henry’s wide range of courses and extra-curricular activities with providing a community where students are encouraged to explore interests outside their major course of study.
“It’s cool to think I could be a part of the band and tack that on to everything else I was involved in at Emory & Henry,” says Edwards, whose day job is with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Students end up doing a lot of different things because there are so many activities available. There is such a good spirit and atmosphere at Emory & Henry, and that really nurtured a strong sense of community.”
Hometown: Galax, Va.
Current City: Abingdon, Va.
Occupation: Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Co-founder and member of alternative folk band Annabelle’s Curse
Major: Geography and Environmental Studies
Extra-curricular Activities at Emory & Henry:
Emory & Henry’s Organic Farm
President’s Climate Change Committee
Student Sustainability Coordinator