Former Country Music Hall of Fame Exec. Sharon Brawner Named President & CEO Of The National Corvette Museum
Sharon Brawner has been named as the new President and CEO of the National Corvette Museum. She most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville for nearly two decades.
Brawner initially joined the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum staff in 2001 as director of new business development. In her most recent role as SVP of sales, marketing & IT, she had day-to-day oversight of the museum’s revenue-producing areas, including admission ticket sales, special event sales, restaurant and catering sales, product licensing, corporate sponsorships, and the Museum’s retail store sales. Brawner also oversaw management of the historic RCA Studio B, the Home of 1,000 Hits, and Hatch Show Print.
Brawner assumed full CEO duties at the National Corvette Museum on Sept. 1, 2021.
“Sharon possesses the necessary skills to expand the mission of this museum and work collaboratively across the organization to help us reach our strategic objectives, says NCM Board Chairman Glenn Johnson. “Sharon’s leadership skills are proven, and we’re fortunate that her career path led her to our organization.”
“As a Kentucky native and a true car enthusiast, I have long been a fan of the Corvette. I’m thrilled to be able to bring my experience in tourism, museum, and non-profit leadership to The National Corvette Museum,” shares Brawner. “I’m beyond honored to accept the position of President and CEO, and I know that, together with the NCM team, we can create incredible new opportunities to continue the growth and success of this world class museum.”
Jim Hurst Joins Pinecastle Records, Reissues ‘Second Son’ Project
Pinecastle Records has added award-winning artist Jim Hurst to its roster. The singer-songwriter is currently in the studio finishing up new music expected to release in early 2022. He is also re-issuing his 2001 project, Second Son.
Second Son was Hurst’s first album on Pinecastle Records, featuring collaborations with acts like Russell Moore, Alison Brown, Missy Raines, John Cowan, Jesse Brock, Casey Driessen, Randy Kohrs, Ned Lubercki, Shawn Lane, Ron Stewart, Wayne Benson, Stuart Duncan, Rob Ickes, Charlie Cushman, Ray Deaton, Scott Vestal, Tim Stafford and Kristin Scott Benson.
“We’re beyond excited to welcome Jim Hurst back to Pinecastle Records,” says Pinecastle CEO Ethan Burkhardt. “Over the years, he’s established himself as one of the premiere musicians in the bluegrass genre, and we’re ecstatic for everyone to hear the amazing music that he has coming up. The next chapter of Jim’s career is looking very bright and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Hurst has been honored by the bluegrass industry on multiple occasions, including with Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Most recently, he has seen success on the Bluegrass Today Grassicana chart with his solo penned “It’s a Beautiful Day.”
Black Sheep Label Signs Cliff Dorsey
Black Sheep Label has signed singer-songwriter Cliff Dorsey to an exclusive recording deal.
The Florida native bought his first guitar at fifteen and soon began performing songs at church. He soon began playing shows around his hometown of High Springs and eventually released his first album, 321, which included “If Whiskey Was A Woman.” In fall of 2020, he released Hurricane Blues.
“We are so honored to have the opportunity to sign Cliff Dorsey and welcome him to the Black Sheep family,” says Susan Hobbs Ortiz, CEO Black Sheep Label. “His deep, rich traditional sound will bring you back to the roots of country music.”
Dorsey is working on new music for his Black Sheep debut release expected later this year.
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