The Other Nashville Society (TONS) revealed its inaugural TONS Next class of artists in front of a packed house of members and VIP guests at Analog in Nashville Tuesday night (April 4).
TONS Next artists Annie DiRusso (rock), Brian Brown (hip-hop), Brooke Alexx (pop), Daniel Nunnelee (alternative folk) and Isaia Huron (alternative) were chosen from over 80 artists. The new initiative will be a core focus for TONS going forward, with a new TONS Next class unveiled each year.
“Last year, in our fifth year of existence as an organization, a collective lightbulb went off for us Co-founders. If more non-country artists are developed, nurtured, and broken globally out of Nashville, then all boats rise for this community as a whole,” shares Josh Collum, TONS Co-founder. “So, that’s our aim with TONS Next. We’re placing a bet on these five artists and we’re going to do our part to accelerate their rise.”
“Between the Co-founders, the Leadership Group, and our 1,500+ members, we’re going to be the best advisory board an artist and their team could ever want,” adds Ally Venable, TONS Co-founder. “And we’re actively pulling together partners from across the music and entertainment industries that want to help amplify these artists and their stories.”
TONS artist members have achieved plenty of past success. Gayle, Joy Oladokun, Jake Wesley Rogers and Charlotte Sands are all members of the burgeoning organization that uplifts the vibrant and relevant underground of non-country genres in Nashville.