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Former Southern Miss Tight End Brings Football to Music

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Jonathan Massey used to catch passes for the Golden Eagles, but now this former Southern Miss tight end ties in his USM football experience with his music.

"Over my years of playing here I've always been into music, and came up with Southern Miss game day anthems throughout my time here," says Massey.

Massey, also known as J-Mass, says he records one song every year - something he started doing in 2009.

"It actually started with 'Mississippi' - just a song about the state that tied into Southern Miss a little bit, and from there we have 'Southern Miss To The Top', we have 'Born to Fly', we have 'Golden Eagle Pride' and now this year we have 'Rise To The Top'," says Massey.

This year's song ties in directly with the university's athletic campaign.

"It's actually this year's athletic theme - Rise To The Top - so I just piggy-backed off of it with the name of the song," says Massey.

Between last year's 0-12 football season and the Feb. 10 tornado, Massey says "Rise To The Top" preaches resilience.

"We really just wanted to focus on getting back to that place of excellence that we're used to being at," says Massey.

While "Rise To The Top" largely targets the Southern Miss athletic community, Massey assures his music is for everyone.

"Well the biggest thing that I hope to do is make sure that everybody is involved in Southern Miss," says Massey. "Whether it's from coming to games, just wearing your black and gold shirt, to whether it's just telling somebody you know about Southern Miss because I bleed black and gold just like the rest of the Golden Eagle nation, and I just want to make sure that we continue to build an awareness around the university."

As for next year's song, Massey says he is open to suggestions.

"I don't have a plan for it just yet, but I will say that I plan on having it a lot more fan engagement with it," says Massey.

Massey's new single hits iTunes later this month.

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