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Country Artist Ingrid Andress Brings Nashville To Alumni Hall

Ingrid Andress and Tenille Arts gave the HUB’s Alumni Hall its very own ~Country Night~ during Tuesday’s free concert hosted by Penn State’s Student Programming Association.

Tenille Arts, best known for her three appearances on “The Bachelor,” opened at 8 p.m. with her 2021 single “Back Then, Right Now.”

Pulling songs from her four studio albums, Arts gave the crowd a range of her discography from “Jealous of Myself” to “Growing Old Young” and earned herself lots of applause for mixing her “Wildfire and Whiskey” with Taylor Swift’s hit “Love Story.” 

After having her moment and indulging in the “We Are” chant, Arts closed out with the song that took her to No. 1 on country radio, “Somebody Like That.”

Ingrid Andress, in a Queen crop top and red jeans, shook the floor after a brie intermission with her high-tempo track “Life of the Party.”

The four-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter hails from Colorado but spent her early career writing songs in Nashville. A co-writer on the 2017 hit “Boys,” by Charli XCX, Andress rose to fame in 2019 after deciding to step into the spotlight and sing her own work with her hit “Lady Like.” 

Continuing to amp up the audience with the rock undertones of “Seeing Someone Else,” Andress added fuel to the fire by mentioning her dad was a former football player for Penn State. However, this was her first visit to Happy Valley.

“You’re back at college now!,” an audience member yelled after Andress reminisced on her own college days, saying she wished she went to a “regular school” instead of the music school she attended.

“Aye! Back at college,” Andress yelled back before groaning and changing the subject to introduce the title track of her newest album, “Good Person.” 

Andress made sure to play her well-known hits “Lady Like,” “More Hearts Than Mine,” and her duet with Sam Hunt (minus Sam Hunt), “Wishful Drinking.” Crowd interaction came between almost every song, from hyping up audience members’ majors, encouraging the audience to stay away from toxic relationships, and frequently mentioning not to drink until “you’re out of college and in your early twenties.”

Andress rounded out the setlist with some of her more recent works like “How Honest Do You Want Me To Be?,” “Pain,” “Treated Me Good,” and, of course, Charli XCX’s “Boys.”

She thanked the crowd for being out on a Tuesday night when they “could be studying” before walking out at the end of “Feelings.”

Andress will be back in State College to open for Walker Hayes on Thursday, April 27, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Megan Kelby is a senior at Penn State majoring in journalism. She is from the great state of Delaware and does not tolerate any 302 slander. Megan is a fan of Sudoku, music, and rocket pops. If you feel the need to, you can email her at [email protected].

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