Vista Murrieta graduate hits the big time in NYC

Adrienne Tooley was just like any other girl growing up in Murrieta. She loved drama and immersed herself in Vista Murrieta High School’s Drama program. She dreamed of attending college and of becoming a star on Broadway. Little did she know what twists and turns her life would take, leading her down a path that would involve her love of music and performing, a life in New York City and eventually the release of her first EP, Nowhere Girl.

“I spent a lot of time in the theater program, it was my haven in high school,” Tooley said adding that her original plan to become a Broadway performer was derailed by a guitar. “My dad bought me a guitar when I was 14 and I looked at it and thought ‘what am I supposed to do with this?’ It sat there gathering dust for a couple of years and then in high school when, like every teenager does, I picked it up. I had this type of melancholy and I kind of wrote a couple of songs.”

Tooley said her friends thought the songs were good and the thought of becoming a songwriter were in the back of her mind, but theater remained her main focus. She graduated high school in 2009 and headed off to Pittsburg where she attended Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts with a focus on Musical Theater.

“It’s a really good school; it was like all theater all the time. It was a really intense atmosphere,” she said. “Studying it in such an intense form helped me to realize it wasn’t exactly how I wanted to spend my time.”

Tooley, who works in what she calls a very clich

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