Sony Music Marches In Nashville Pride Parade
Sony Music Entertainment’s Nashville offices joined together Saturday (June 24) to march in the Nashville Pride Parade. Representatives from Sony Music Nashville, Sony Music Publishing, Provident Entertainment and The Orchard marched the parade route down Broadway on behalf of the organizations’ Nashville Equity Taskforce.
Brooke Eden Participates In ABC’s ‘Pride Across America’ In New York
Brooke Eden performed at NY Pride as part of ABC’s Pride Across America segment. During an interview with ABC, Eden spoke on her recently released EP Outlaw Love as well as her marriage to wife Hillary.
“I got to marry my best friend and better half. Getting to do that and it be legal in the United States is amazing,” said Eden. “In country music there’s just not a lot of representation for the LGBTQ+ community, so it was really important for me to be able to show representation and be visible, not just back there but here just like every other country artist is allowed to do with their partner.”
Eden also gave her younger generation of fans advice. “Stand in your truth,” she said. “I know it can be really hard in the world, especially with where we are with a lot of anti-LGBTQ legislation. But when you are yourself it inspires other people to be themselves. I would just say try as hard as you can as long as you feel safe to live in your truth.”
Songs For A Cause Raises $2,5000 For Opry Trust Fund
Morris Higham Management’s songwriter series, Songs for a Cause, returned June 21 to a sold-out house at Nashville’s historic Bluebird Cafe. In total, proceeds from the event tallied to $2,500 benefiting Opry Trust Fund.
The evening featured performances from Grammy, CMA, ACM and Dove Award-winning songwriter Tia Sillers; Grammy, Dove and 35-time IBMA Award-winner Jamie Dailey of Dailey & Vincent; Season 22 Winner of NBC’s The Voice making his Bluebird Cafe debut, Bryce Leatherwood; and songwriter Jeffrey East.
In addition, Grand Ole Opry matriarch and Grammy-winning artist Jeannie Seely surprised the crowd with a song she co-wrote with the late Glen Campbell.
Both Dailey and Seely spoke of their love and respect for the Opry Trust Fund as Dailey is a former board member who worked through the COVID pandemic. Seely spoke of how the Opry Trust Fund helped her when she lost everything during the 2010 flood disaster.
“The Opry is often referred to as a country music family,” said Dan Rogers, Opry Executive Producer & President. “For nearly 60 years, that family has assisted members of the country music community in need through the Opry Trust Fund. With thanks to Opry members Jeannie Seely and Jamie Dailey as well as their friends plus so many others who will assist the Trust Fund this year, that important work is guaranteed to continue.”
Country For A Cause Raises $60,000 For Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital
Country For A Cause raised $60,000 for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt during their CMA Fest 2023 concert at Nashville’s 3rd & Lindsley. Hosted by country legend T.G. Sheppard and Kelly Lang, along with Devon O’Day, an eclectic group of performers donated their time and talents to raise money for children in health-related crises.
Mark Wills, Wade Hayes, John Conlee, Paulette Carlson, Tim Atwood, Makenzie Phipps, Elizabeth Cook, Michelle Wright, Heath Wright of Ricochet, Terry McBride, Leon Everette, Brandon Davis, Jake Hoot and Jamie O’Neal were among the evening’s performers. The night also included surprises from Alex Miller, T. Graham Brown, Jeannie Seely, John Schneider, John McEuen and Charlene Tilton as well as a special tribute to Jeanne Pruett.
Hosts Lang and Sheppard note, “We have always considered it an honor and pleasure to host Country For A Cause. To see it grow into such an incredible event that has helped so many is truly a blessing for us both. It continues to succeed because of the efforts of Scott Sexton and the great board along with so many great friends and artists who have performed and given their time to support such a worthy cause. To say we are thankful is an understatement for all who have worked so hard.”
Jazz In The Park Returns To Hadley Park
Jazz in the Park, the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s summer concert series, kicked off in Hadley Park on May 19 and continued last Friday (June 23) with jazz vocalist and trumpeter Rod McGaha.
Chicago-native McGaha is a longtime favorite of local jazz fans who loves performing for children and has appeared on the NJW Jazz AM series.
This family-friendly concert series builds on the Nashville Jazz Workshop’s mission to enrich lives and build community through their jazz education programs and community performances. Each performance is free to attend, with the next being July 14 featuring saxophonist Cord Martin.
Jobi Riccio Receives John Prine Songwriter Fellowship Award
Nashville singer-songwriter Jobi Riccio has been named the 2023 recipient of the John Prine Songwriter Fellowship Award, created by the Newport Festivals Foundation in partnership with Prine’s family. Riccio recently announced her debut album Whiplash, which will be out in September, and a string of U.S. tour dates. She will also make her Newport Folk Festival debut next month.
“John Prine was such an integral part of the Newport Folk community. It’s an honor to celebrate his legacy by giving a stage to newer artists who show the sparks of truth and the willingness to embrace all aspects of the human condition in their songwriting. It’s clear Jobi embodies much of this spirit which is why we’ve chosen her as the John Prine Fellowship recipient for this year,” says Newport Folk Festival Executive Producer, Jay Sweet.
“John always loved being around other songwriters. Later in his career, he really went out of his way to spotlight and champion the next generation of writers. It’s a real honor that Newport lets us continue that important part of his legacy. I can’t wait to see Jobi at the Fort!” says Prine’s wife, Fiona.
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