Industry Ink: Michael Ray, FBMM, ‘Meet Music Row’ Silent Auction, Chad Jeffers

Michael Ray Shares Cocktails And Conversation During Virtual Chat

Pictured: Cris Lacy and Michael Ray.

Michael Ray and Warner Music Nashville EVP A&R Cris Lacy held a virtual chat with nearly 150 guests from across the industry on Sept. 15. During the conversation with Lacy, Ray revealed that he has new music on the way, beginning with “Whiskey And Rain” due out Sept. 25. The two closed the evening with Lacy presenting Ray with a plaque commemorating five RIAA Gold-certified tracks (“Her World Or Mine,” “One That Got Away,” “Get To You,” “Think A Little Less,” “Kiss You in the Morning”) and three chart-topping singles.


Jason Leiss Elevated To Associate Business Manager At FBMM

Jason Leiss

Jason Leiss has been promoted to Associate Business Manager for FBMM, working with Scotty McCreery, John Hiatt, Tenille Townes, and Sam Hunt. Leiss joined FBMM in 2010 and was upped to Account Executive in 2012. In 2015, he qualified for Account Manager status and in 2018, achieved the requirements for Senior Account Manager. Leiss graduated from MTSU with a major in Business and a concentration in Entrepreneurship.

“When your clients are creative, every day is an adventure, and no two days are exactly alike. Nothing is more rewarding than reminiscing with a client about a goal they established in the past and knowing I helped empower them to accomplish it,” Leiss said. “My wife and three young daughters are my motivating force; I aspire to be the best business manager in the universe!”


Chad Jeffers And Greg Cooley Partner For Encore Home Group

Pictured (L-R): Greg Cooley and Chad Jeffers

Chad Jeffers, one of Nashville’s most respected and in demand musicians, has partnered with one of the area’s most successful Luxury Homes realtors, Greg Cooley, to form The Encore Home Group. The company will specialize in catering to high profile clients searching for a home in the Middle Tennessee area, with a special emphasis on artists and music industry executives who are considering the Nashville area.

Jeffers has spent the past 13 years on the road with Carrie Underwood, performing for a global audience on some of the world’s largest stages. Cooley is a founding member and principal broker with Compass Nashville, where he leads the local Sports and Entertainment division and has more than 13 years of experience in his profession.

For more information contact Jeffers at 615.414.7959 or [email protected] and Cooley at 615.628.7141 or [email protected].


Meet Music Row Silent Auction Raises $52,000 For Second Harvest

This year’s Meet Music Row Silent Auction raised $52,000 for Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. The auction featured sessions with producer Dann Huff, CMT Senior V.P. of Music Strategy and Talent Leslie Fram, Make Wake Artists’ Chris Kappy (Luke Combs), Broken Bow Records Music Group VP of A&R Sara Knabe, Sony/ATV CEO Rusty Gaston, the Nashville Pandora team, and more.

“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone who stepped up to make this a success. Because of the industry professionals who donated their time, the people who helped us spread the word, and the bidders who dug deep, Second Harvest will be able to keep a lot of people from going hungry,” said auction organizer and Bluebird Cafe Open Mic night host Barbara Cloyd.


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