Before graduating from Middle Tennessee State University just last December, hip-hop producer Tay Keith has earned a Grammy nomination, multiple Platinum records and endless acclaim and notoriety. His production credits include Drake’s Platinum “Nonstop,” BlocBoy JB’s 3x-Platinum “Look Alive,” Travis Scott’s 5x-Platinum “Sicko Mode,” and more. Beyond that, the Memphis, Tennessee native has worked with Beyoncé, Lil Wayne, Cardi B, DJ Khaled and more.
Tomorrow (Nov. 22), Tay Keith will appear at Maplewood High School in Nashville to host a master class to celebrate the Keys + Kids Piano Grant, in partnership with streaming platform, Audiomack, and the Save The Music Foundation. The school will receive a digital hybrid piano and keyboards for students to realize their full potential through the power of making music.
“We teamed up with Audiomack to do a giveaway for a high school music program, and they brought me in to set the example and show [the students] that it’s possible to make things happen with school still in the picture,” Tay Keith tells MusicRow. “Students that chase their dreams in music a lot of times tend to drop out. I personally feel like I can show them that it’s possible, there are other ways to do it.”
Notably, Tay Keith was Grammy-nominated and well on his way to more success during his last semester at MTSU. He has said on multiple occasions that finishing his education was very important to him.
“Honestly, I feel like if this opportunity would have presented itself to me when I was coming up, it would have driven me in a more motivated direction just on the simple fact that I really didn’t have a sense of direction creating music when I was younger. It kind of just worked out [for me], but I feel like if I would have had someone to talk to me in high school about my options, that could have motivated me to go a little bit harder. I would have had that sense of direction of what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until my upper class years when I actually had already solidified my position in the music industry that I knew that was what I wanted to do,” he says.
Maplewood High School students at the event tomorrow will hear Tay Keith’s story, and will receive some instruments. Students will then have the opportunity to ask him questions about his career path to success. To conclude the event, there will be a student performance on the donated piano.
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