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LH native performs with charting musician, other artists at festival

Thomas “Arden” Burnell, a native of Lock Haven, performs during Skies the Limit Festival. PHOTO BY KHEYAM

HARRISBURG — One Lock Haven native is turning his dreams into realities.

Tommy “Arden” Burnell recently had the opportunity to perform with a charted musician at Skies the Limit Festival, in Harrisburg.

The event was hosted by 300Reem and featured American rapper, singer and songwriter — and Pennsylvania resident — Lil Skies.

Arden is a new-age music artist originally from Lock Haven. He first began to dabble in music in 2016 before diving more into the industry by 2019.

Arden describes his music as a “distinct sound with modern R&B, Hip Hop and Rap records.” He takes a universal approach to his music — whether slower BPM R&B, uplifting Hip Hop or a rage type sound for a club, he tries to deliver an experience for each of his fans in a variety of ways.

The up-and-coming artist, who is now settling in to life in Philadelphia, first met Lil Skies through another venture of his.

In 2019 Arden created, Mod570, a space to uplift artists and creators. The business includes a blog, with spotlights on various artists throughout Pennsylvania — many from Lock Haven itself — along with a clothing brand and other media ventures.

“Skies and I connected back in early 2021. We were filming Rello’s mod interview for when he first opened up ConnectedSound Studio,” Arden said. “I got to speak with him in the studio and show him some of my designs for Mod570.”

Lil Skies, originally from Waynesboro, Pa., is signed to All We Got Entertainment through Atlantic Records. Three of his tracks have made it into the Billboard Hot 100 — “I” (number 39), “Nowadays” (number 55) and “Red Roses” (number 69). His major label debut mixtape, “Life of a Dark Rose” was released in 2018 and peaked at number 10 in the Billboard Hot 200 charts. The mixtape was also certified Platinum by the RIAA in 2020.

Arden said he felt fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Lil Skies and be featured during the Skies the Limit Festival.

“I feel fortunate for the opportunity and am looking forward to what’s to come for the music and community,” he said. “Maybe a collaboration in some for with Skies after the Festival.”

However, what has Arden most excited, is how this opportunity can serve as inspiration for others.

“Overall I’m happy to be able to do this and I hope it inspires others to chase their dreams,” he said. “It all starts with an idea and then execution on your part.”

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