Audrey Edris sings at her album release show on Aug. 3 at SoZo Coffeehouse in Omaha.

Reaching for the stars —that’s what Bellevue singer and songwriter Audrey Edris is doing.

A passion for music is driving the 2017 graduate of Bellevue West High School toward a professional music career.

“I love to sing and tell stories in a poetic way,” said Edris, who was known in high school as Audrey Lausterer. “I can song write and create my own stories.”

Edris will attend Middle Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tenn., this fall.

Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Oprey as well as a number of singer/songwriters looking to start their musical careers.

“I’ll get to collaborate with more musicians in Nashville and learn how to roll ideas off each other and get inspiration,” she said.

Edris doesn’t know what her genre of music is quite yet, but thinks it’s a mixture between folk and pop.

Her music career started at the age of 4. Her music teacher, Jeanne Patton, lived next to her and taught her to play the piano and encouraged her to write music.

In high school, Edris participated in West’s varsity choir, musicals and recitals featuring her own music. The vocal music teacher, Adam Reimer, inspired in high school.

Her first album, “All The Bad Things,” was released Friday, and had a lot of meaning behind it.

“A lot of my songs come from conversations I hear,” she said. “The album track is about a couple on the run from the cops and that is an adaptation from a story I heard at theater camp.”

Edris has many inspirations for her music career that has helped her become the artist she is today.

“Some of my biggest inspirations are Carole King, because of her classic song writing, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens,” she said.

After college, Edris said she hopes to expand her music career even more.

“I just want to have a free lifestyle,” she said. “I want to be traveling and touring for my music and I also want to continue to write songs.”

Edris’s music is streaming on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music.

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