The time is 'Right Now' for Emporia State's Gabe & Benny


Gabe and BennyHave you heard Emporia State’s new anthem? It’s the work of two undergraduates, Gabe Andrews and Benny Bowden, both juniors from El Dorado. The duo has been performing as Gabe & Benny for nearly three years, despite Andrews attending Butler Community College and Bowden at Emporia State.

“Ever since we started making music, we've been talking about doing a song for the college we go to,” said Bowden. “We would always see kids from D-1 schools making songs that go viral, and we noticed how well the students at those schools responded to the songs.”

Once Andrews transferred to Emporia, the two knew the time was right. They began writing their song, “Right Now,” last spring and contacted Jason Bosch, director of student life learning and assessment, about using it during new student orientation activities at the start of the fall semester.

A key way to get students pumped up about the song was to perform it live during Hornet Pride the evening before fall semester classes started. The song also was played during that night’s Block Party in downtown Emporia.

The next day, Emporia State President Michael D. Shonrock shared the song with all faculty, staff and students through an email that had a link to the free download.

“We are pumped to give Emporia yet another thing to be proud of,” said Bowden, “and we can't wait for everyone to hear it!”