Students received a glimpse into each facet of the industry from top music producers, label executives and songwriters at the GRAMMY Career Day presented by the Nashville Chapter and GRAMMY Foundation on Jan. 25. Hosted at Middle Tennessee State University, the event brought in more than 150 students from various high schools throughout Rutherford County and featured a performance by GRAMMY Nominated bluegrass artists the Grascals.
Karen Byrd of Karen Byrd Publicity, Tony Conway of Buddy Lee Attractions, engineer Patrick Murphy and the Grascals sat on the panel and explained the importance of each of their roles in sustaining an artist's career.
Following the panel, the four afternoon workshops included "Creating The Career," "Creating The Image," "Creating The Sound" and "Creating The Song."
GRAMMY winning songwriter Victoria Shaw told students at the "Creating The Song" workshop, "You have to do something that you love. This way you will never work a day in your life!"
Randy Wachtler of 615 Music Companies showed a Spiderman III trailer to give students a sense of the music his company licensed for the movie. The students were amazed to see the different mediums in which music is placed.
"Creating The Sound" panelist, Shannon Sanders, producer for India.Arie, simply said, "Be a good person to work with and be willing to do whatever is needed to get the job done."
Nashville Chapter President and video producer George J. Flanigen IV told students, "If you give up trying to work in the industry, then you'll never make it. But if you keep trying and never give up, I promise you'll get there."
The Nashville School of the Arts closed the day with a crowd pleasing performance of students singing cover songs ranging from Beyoncé's "Déjà vu" to Bill Withers' "Lean On Me" backed by the jazz band.