Alumni News

Behind Tay Keith’s Transition From Producer To Executive
This time last year, Tay Keith was a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum producer in his final semester at Middle Tennessee State University.  No longer bound by midterms or classes with mandatory attendance, Keith has more time to focus on tasks that further his career, like producing for Beyoncé and starting a record label.  Read more here.

Mitchell Tenpenny Surprised With Double Platinum Plaque At Nashville Show
Mitchell Tenpenny was surprised with an RIAA Double Platinum plaque for “Drunk Me” last night (Oct. 10) at Nashville’s Marathon Music Works.  Read more here.

Daisha McBride Brings the Fire on Debut LP Wild [Fresh Tracks]
Outstanding collaborations are the icing on the cake of the rising MC's first full-length. Read more here.

Electric Lady Studios:  The "House That Hendrix Built"
Alum Lee Foster is credited with saving Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady studios.  Read more here.

Chris Young reveals 'Raised on Country' tour, talks new song, album
Multi-platinum-selling country singer Chris Young clearly remembers the days that he traveled between concerts with his gear packed into a van towing a trailer.  When the “Raised on Country” singer mounts his new 25-plus city "Raised on Country 2019" tour in May, Young and his team will roll out with six tractor-trailers stacked with lights, staging, sound equipment and more.  Read more here.

Change The Conversation Panel Discusses Gender Inequality In Music
BMI and Pinnacle Financial Partners hosted the latest Change the Conversation (CTC) event on Tuesday (Jan. 22) at BMI’s Nashville office. Change the Conversation co-founder Beverly Keel moderated a panel discussion that included journalists Ann Powers, Jewly Hight and Marissa Moss. The group discussed issues surrounding gender inequality in country music and the media, before approximately 300 attendees.  Read more here.

Mitchell Tenpenny Crushes His National Television Debut With 'Drunk Me'
Mitchell Tenpenny finally got to share his No. 1 single "Drunk Me" with the masses. The rising star made his national television debut on the Today show on Jan. 8.  Read more here.

Daisha McBride Stakes Her Claim in 'Nothing Else' [Fresh Vid]
Top-shelf rising MC gets an assist from Mike Floss on her latest track.  Read more here.

Martha Earls, manager for Kane Brown, lives out country music dream
Martha Earls' arrival in Music City 22 years ago mirrored a good, old-fashioned country song.  Read more here.

The Highs and Lows of Being A Power Couple in Nashville's Country Music Industry
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Top 10 Songs Written By Luke Laird
If you've spent even just a few minutes listening to country radio, chances are you've heard a song written by Luke Laird. The prolific songwriter, who moved to Music City over two decades ago, is the mastermind behind many country radio singles, nearly two dozen of which have topped the Billboard country charts. In other words, Laird is not a one-hit-wonder; he keeps churning out huge hits for artists including Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum and more.  Read more here.

WME's Abby Wells Baas Reflects on 'Breathtaking & Heartbreaking' Trip to Kenyan Refugee Camp
Eight years after adopting daughter in Ethiopia, Baas returned to Africa as part of UNICEF program backed by Endeavor.  Read more here.

How Luke & Beth Laird Took Their Creative Nation Publishing House Into the Management World
Since moving to Nashville over two decades ago, Luke Laird has carved out one of the most successful careers in the Country format, penning such hits as Jon Pardi's “Head Over Boots,” Carrie Underwood's “So Small” and Little Big Town's “Pontoon.” Since 2011, Laird and his wife Beth Laird have partnered up to steer the artistic wheel behind Creative Nation, one of the most successful publishing companies in town with rights to compositions from writers such as Laird, Barry Dean and Natalie Hemby.  Read more here.

Music City Builders:  Kent Earls
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Track Or Die: Street Symphony's Journey To Elite Producer Status
Street Symphony has records for Yo Gotti, 2 Chainz and G-Eazy on his resume, as well as a much-coveted Grammy Award. But the producer has even more up his sleeve that he’s ready to unleash.  Read more  here.

10 Questions With Amy Willis
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