Industry Pics: YEP, Music Biz 2017, Kelsea Ballerini

YEP Joins Forces With MusicBiz

Pictured (L-R): Colin Kassekert, Rachel Knight, Lou Taylor and Garrison Snell.

The Young Entertainment Professionals (YEP) Nashville joined forces with the Music Business Association (Music Biz) to bring “Generation Next: Networking in the 21st Century” to Music Biz 2017 earlier today (May 16) at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

Moderated by Rachel Knight, a YEP board member and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., the panel included Tri Star Sports and Entertainment Group Owner/CEO Lou Taylor, YEP Co-chair and Gyrosity Projects/Crosshair CEO Garrison Snell, and Insperity Business Performance Advisor Colin Kassekert discussing the best practices of networking in the digital age.


Music Biz 2017 Industry Jam

Pictured: The original Alice Cooper band accepted an Outstanding Achievement Award from Music Biz President James Donio (far left) and Music Biz Vice Chairman Steve Harkins (far right) at the Industry Jam on May 15. Photo: Courtesy Jaybird Communications

The Music Business Association (Music Biz) held its second annual Industry Jam as part of the Music Biz 2017 convention last night (May 15) at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel.

The live concert event included a rare reunion of the original Alice Cooper band; a tribute to Emerson Lake & Palmer featuring band member Carl Palmer; a celebration of the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary featuring Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals, Cathy Richardson of Jefferson Starship, and Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge; a tribute to Glen Campbell with a special award accepted by his wife Kimberly Woolen and a performance from his children Ashley, Shannon, and Cal Campbell; performances from the Nashville Symphony Quartet with Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero and the Fisk Jubilee Singers; and much more.

Alice Cooper

Carl Palmer

Felix Cavaliere

Kimberly Woolen

Ashley Campbell

Nashville Symphony Quartet

Fisk Jubilee Singers

All photos courtesy Jaybird Communications


Kelsea Ballerini Rocks UK Debut

Kelsea Ballerini. Photo: Sony Music Entertainment UK

Kelsea Ballerini made her UK debut last week when she performed a sold-out headlining concert at London’s Under The Bridge nightclub on May 11. Ballerini was greeted by roaring fans who sang along to every word of her chart-topping hits including “Peter Pan,” “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs” and “Yeah Boy.”

Sony Music Commercial Group in conjunction with Black River Entertainment hosted the record-breaking singer/songwriter in support of the UK release of her critically acclaimed debut album The First Time. The special UK edition features four bonus acoustic tracks, along with her lead UK single, “XO,” now spinning on BBC Radio 2.


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