Past Pioneer Stars

Keep up with our Past Pioneer Stars!

Without the SAEM program, and Ed Traversari, I wouldn’t have been introduced so fluently to the world of concert production.
— Hannah Jenkins.
 

Gabe Reed (M.O.O.K.Y)

Reed was signed to Pioneer Records as the annual Star in 2017-2018. Reed recorded and released a four track EP with Red Caiman Studios titled Chasing Grey. At his time with Pioneer Records, Reed released a music video for his track on Chasing Grey titled “Take a Note”. Reed graduated from Point Park University in 2018 with a degree in Musical Theatre. Reed, now rebranded with stage title ‘M.O.O.K.Y’, is currently located in New York City pursuing his music endeavors. M.O.O.K.Y is in the process of releasing an EP with London producer, Steven Barnes. From his EP that is still in progress, M.O.O.K.Y has released a single titled “Tipsy”, which is available to stream on Spotify. M.O.O.K.Y will release another single titled “Closure” on March 10th, 2019. With the sounds of “Tipsy” and “Closure”,  M.O.O.K.Y has expanded his genre from singer/songwriter to an avant-garde flare with tastes of numerous elements from pop, alternative, and hip-hop. The EP will be finalized with five tracks and set for release in the next few months. Aside from his personal work with music, living in New York City and graduating with a degree in Musical Theatre granted M.O.O.K.Y the opportunity to have worked in an off-Broadway show in Cleveland, Ohio for four months. M.O.O.K.Y was given the role as the understudy of the lead in John, written by Pulitzer Prize winner and playwright Annie Baker.

By Lauryn Nania
Public Relations and Content Writer, Intern

Chase and the Barons

Chase and the Barons were signed to Pioneer Records as the annual Star in 2016-2017. The four-piece band recorded and released a four track EP with Red Caiman Studios titled Propose a Toaster. Frontman, Chase Barron, graduated from Point Park University in December of 2017 with a degree in Multimedia. Since the band parted from Pioneer Records after the release of their EP in 2017, they have kept on the perpetual track of their music career. Chase and the Barons have performed over 100 gigs at bars and venues throughout Pennsylvania in 2017. Currently located in Pittsburgh, Chase and the Barons have continued their relationship with Jesse Naus, producer and owner of Red Caiman Studios. The band recently completed the two year process of recording their debut, full-length studio album with Naus. Live Wire Bed Fire will be available to stream and purchase in April. The band has a unique, early 2000s pop-rock style infiltrated throughout their music, and Live Wire Bed Fire will be an expansion of their distinguishable sound. Once the thirteen track album is officially released on April 5th, 2019, the band will perform and host a release party at Mr. Smalls Theatre located in Millvale, Pennsylvania. The band is working to expand their music and name to more colleges located in the North East. Frontman, Barron, is currently working in Graphic Design at Point Park University whilst working in freelance. Barron also designs the band’s album artwork and website design.

By Lauryn Nania
Public Relations and Content Writer, Intern

John Rushlander

John Rushlander was the second artist signed to Pioneer Records in 2015-2016. Rushlander had a delayed start to his music career; he served in the Army from 2008-2011 following his high school graduation. Rushlander entered the Pioneer Star competition as a junior at Point Park University at 27-years-old. Rushlander’s style of music is blues infiltrated with rock.

By Lauryn Nania

Public Relations and Content Writer, Intern

Hannah Jenkins

Hannah Jenkins was Pioneer Records’ debut Star signed to the label in 2014-2015. In 2015, Jenkins recorded and released a four track, singer/songwriter EP, Something Out of Nowhere, with Red Caiman Studios and Pioneer Records. Jenkins graduated in 2017 with a degree in Sports, Arts, and Entertainment Management (SAEM). Most recently, Jenkins had the opportunity to be apart of two shows in Pittsburgh Play’s Sir Paul McCartney with other local, Pittsburgh artists. It’s been four years since the release of Something Out of Nowhere, and Jenkins plans to write and record her second EP sometime in 2019. Jenkins has performed her music and covers at a few gigs since her parting with Pioneer Records. Graduating with an SAEM degree has landed Jenkins job opportunities with Live Nation and Drusky entertainment.

By Lauryn Nania
Public Relations and Content Writer, Intern

Lasted Updated: February 01, 2019