May’s Sips & Stanzas theme entitled Money, Power Respect : Music and Politics proved to be a hot topic of debate!
The panel moderated by Eric Holt included Councilman Jerry L. Maynard, Hip-hop artist Nate The Great and Senior Adviser of Music and Entertainment for Tennessee, Hank Locklin. Panelists gave an insider’s perspective of how music and politics are directly correlated as it relates to social movements and change. Audience members enjoyed the country stylings of Brittney Spencer, poweral lyrics of Nate the Great and Saneeah and the beautiful voice of Emoni Wilkins.
Eric Holt- is the CEO of Chiminus Enterprises, a diversified lifestyle marketing and consulting company and managing partner of subsidiary concert promotion company, The Lovenoise Group. With a J.D. from Vanderbilt Law School, Holt is considered an expert in branding and marketing. Mr. Holt has served as a board member on Mayor Karl Dean’s Music Business Council, the Nashville NARAS (Grammy’s) Board of Trustees as Advisor and chair of the Diversity Committee. Most recently, he accepted an adjunct teaching position at Tennessee State University to teach Entertainment Marketing and Promotions.
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Hank Adam Locklin currently serves as Senior Advisor for the Music and Entertainment Industry for the State of Tennessee. He currently works with the Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission, along with the Department of Economic and Community Development. Prior to his current role, Locklin was interim executive director and chairman of Alabama’s Music Hall of Fame located in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Before his service in Alabama, Locklin helped oversee The Country Music Association (CMA) in Nashville, Tennessee. During this time, Locklin worked alongside legendary CMA leader Ed Benson and his successor to expand Country Music’s global value and importance. A licensed attorney, Locklin graduated from The University of Alabama and its School of Law. He began his music industry career in 1997 with legendary entertainment attorney Richard “Dick” Frank before going into artist management and music publishing with hall of famer Loretta Lynn and renowned music publishing house, Bluewater Music Group. He produced two critically acclaimed albums for his late father, Hank Locklin, and the two toured and performed together numerous times around the U.S. and on the stages of the Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. Other artists Locklin has worked with and produced include Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, the Oak Ridge Boys, the Jordanaires and saxophonist “Boots” Randolph.
Jerry Maynard serves as a Metropolitan Government Council Member At-Large and a leader in the Democratic Party. In 2004, he served as the Tennessee Outreach Director for Senator John Kerry’s Presidential campaign, helping register over 41,000 new voters in Davidson County. In 2005, Jerry was selected to serve as the Deputy Chairman of the Tennessee Democratic Party under Chairman Bob Tuke, where he was responsible for the Party’s day-to-day operations. In 2006, Maynard served as the Tennessee Outreach Coordinator for Congressman Harold Ford, Jr.’s campaign for U.S. Senate and was elected to the Tennessee Democratic Executive Committee for Senate District 19. In 2008, Maynard was elected to serve on the Democratic National Committee’s Standing Committee on Credentials representing President-Elect Barak Obama. Jerry Maynard serves on the Budget & Finance Committee, and is chairman of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
Nate the Great has been a regular artist in the monthly Nashville showcase Artists’ Avenue, has proven to handle large crowds and successfully introduced original material to an audience. His music has been compared to Outkast, Ludacris, Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West. The 25-year-old emcee hails from Memphis, but has been in Music City for 7 years. Being active in the hip-hop scene over the past three years, he started out performing at nearly every open mic, spreading his name and talents around the city. He then went on to be a regular feature at Sound Therapy and Wee Battle. Soaring to the top of the fan based voting in LoveNoise’s Open for Ice Cube contest, Nate earned the second most votes making it to the finals. In August 2013, he went on to release his first independent project titled, Project: Re-Evolution. This project is still spreading all around the city earning great reviews from people. The project was described by One Drop Magazine editor to be “musically and lyrically nutritious and delicious”. Since 2013 Nate the Great has been successfully headlining Artists’ Avenue showcases, proving to be just as potent with a DJ, instrumental or live band. Nate the Great’s music sticks to Hip-Hop’s elements and usually has a form of social commentary juxtaposed to meticulously placed lyrics, thoughtful metaphors and a captivating delivery.
Baltimore-native Brittney Spencer is a country music singer and songwriter in Nashville, TN. She fuses elements of soul, as well as traditional and contemporary country into her music and style. Prior to relocating to Nashville in 2013, Brittney toured as a background vocalist and worked as a session singer for several R&B and gospel artists including Carl Thomas, Lil’ Mo, Twinkie Clark, Jason Nelson, and BET Sunday Best Winner Y’Anna Crawley, just to name a few. Brittney is currently a Music Business student at Middle Tennessee State University and can be found writing and singing around the great city of Nashville in between her studies. Her goal is to give country-soul a mainstream platform in the music industry.
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Through educating herself, Emoni Wilkins has developed into a writer, trainer, arranger and R&B/Soul singer, and has performed and recorded with Stellar Award winner, Dove and Grammy nominated Jeral V. Gray & New Direction. Her electrifying voice can be heard on the group’s first single “Lighthouse,” as well as “What Manner of Man,” “I’m Ready,” “Right Here” and “Sing Unto the Lord.” Her lead vocals are also featured on “Widow’s Cry,” a stage play called Friends & Lovers and “Come on let’s lift him up” on the GMWA Tampa Experience. She has recorded background vocals with highly acclaimed artists such as, Ramsey Lewis, Frayne Lewis, Patti Labelle, Gladys Knight, R Kelly, Lou Rawls, Shirley Caesar, Joe Simone, Kirk Franklin and many more. The media’s glimpse of her came through the 2000 & 2008 Stellar Awards, WGN Morning News, McDonald’s Children Day, House of Blues, many award shows & most recently, NBC’s “The Sing Off Season 4″. Emoni’s style of singing will encourage and inspire, while leaving you amazed at her gifted ability. After seeing and hearing her sing you will witness a song transformed from just being words to actually becoming music. Currently she is working on her mixtape, with high hopes of a June release.
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