Producer Tay Keith Signs Nashville High School Student To Production Deal

Tay Keith and James Spencer IV

Recent Middle Tennessee State University graduate Tay Keith has already notched top production credits, and a Grammy nomination, for his work with artists including Drake (“Nonstop”), Eminem (“Not Alike”) and Travis Scott (“Sicko Mode”). While making his own mark on the music scene, he’s also making it a point to help others who aspire to be part of the music industry.

James Spencer IV, an 11th grade student at Nashville Big Picture High School, inked a production agreement with Keith’s production company, Dramatized, on Jan. 23. Spencer, who also plans to attend Keith’s alma mater MTSU after graduation, hopes to become a record producer and own his own record label.

“I’m excited, just really excited,” said the 16-year-old, who recently completed an internship at Notes for Notes, an after-school recording studio housed in the local Boys and Girls Club.

“I’ve had my eye on a couple of producers in Nashville and he just rose to the top,” said Keith. “He listened well, paid attention to what we told him and was just a very humble person to work with.”

James Spencer IV


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