Phyllis Stark Joins ‘CMA Close Up’ As Contributing Editor

Phyllis Stark

Phyllis Stark

CMA Close Up has added Phyllis Stark as Contributing Editor.

Stark, a veteran editor and journalist, was formerly the Nashville Bureau Chief and Senior Editor for Billboard. She continues to write a weekly column for Billboard‘s Country Update. Her career includes work as Executive Producer of National Content for E.W. Scripps Company’s television and radio station sites, a Nashville music correspondent for, a MusicRow contributor, and Executive Editor of Country Music at, where she created the newsletter Stark Country.

Stark also served as VP, A&R and Head of Operations for the Nashville division of independent record label Robbins Entertainment.

“We are thrilled to have someone with Phyllis’ experience, credibility and integrity join our editorial team,” said Wendy Pearl, CMA VP of Corporate Communications and CMA Close Up Executive Editor.


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Jessica Nicholson serves as the Managing Editor for MusicRow magazine. Her previous music journalism experience includes work with Country Weekly magazine and Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) magazine. She holds a BBA degree in Music Business and Marketing from Belmont University. She welcomes your feedback at [email protected]

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