The Nashville Connection – Heroes Salute

The Nashville Connection – Heroes
Salute
At a very well coordinated and well
executed press conference at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum,
the producers and orchestrators of The Nashville Connection – Heroes
Salute presented their one-of-a-kind concept.
The Nashville Connection – Heroes
Salute is a five- day event where aspiring and up-and-coming music
stars can learn every aspect of working in the music business,
participating and growing as an artist and/or songwriter while also
supporting and generating exposure for several non-profit
organizations that serve Veterans, their families and survivors of
the fallen. There are several different modules within the event:
there’s the workshop Artist Experiential Sessions, where
artists/songwriters have a very exclusive opportunity to interact
with and learn from top positioned music professionals within the
music business. The professionals are A&R Executives, Label
Owners, Awarded Songwriters, Top Producers, Image Consultants, Master
Vocal Coaches and everything in between. Another part of the
experience is the Songster Bus, where selected songwriters and
singers board a bus, stay on it for 7 hours traveling in 65 miles per
hour writing a song with the help of Grammy Nominated and Grammy
Awarded Songwriters. The song has to be completed before the trip is
over, so it teaches the participants how to work under pressure to
meet a deadline. When the buses arrive in Nashville, the teams from
the Songster Buses will competitively perform their creations and a
winner will be selected. The Nashville Connection has held a talent
competition called Shine Night throughout the year as well at several
locations. At the Press conference, winners from such a show, the
very talented the Pfeiffer Twins performed “God Bless America”
on a sole fiddle first which was then followed by sweet sibling a
capella harmony.
One of the deserving organizations that
will benefit from this event is Survivor Outreach Services . Their
coordinator for Tennessee, Russ Maxey, is praising the Nashville
Connection -Heroes Salute (NCHS) for the opportunity to reach people
who otherwise might not have gotten in touch with them – both
families who have lost a loved one in a conflict that are in need of
guidance and support and also as a connector to music fans , who can
donate and give their support to the Gold Star Families. Maxey also
praises this music event to have connected him with the country music
superstar Darryl Worley, who already has been and is doing a lot for
the troops and their families. All you have to do is mention
Worley’s hit song “Have You Forgotten”, and you know where
his heart is. When the producers of the event approached him several
years ago asking if he would participate, he did not hesitate: “I
would give as much time as I possibly could to something like this”,
the says when we speak to him. He continues: “I get a real
charge out of something like this, you know, uh, people really honing
their craft, just letting that creative stuff just flow out and to
know while we’re doing that we’re also helping some people”.
“It’s the best of both worlds” (the latter quote also is
another hit song of his). Besides being a part of NCHS and
supporting the troops, he is busy touring and has three album
projects in the making. One of them is going to be “The House
That Hank Built”, with original songs beginning in the vintage
hay days and eventually ending in today’s style. Besides Darryl
Worley lending his name and fame and rendering his services to gain
exposure for the NCHS and the non-profit organizations, providing
invaluable music teachings are also top songwriter and producer Sam
Tate, producer and new label owner Roger Ryan, Vice President of A&R
at Warner Music Nashville Cris Lacy and well renowned vocal coach
Dave Brooks. The latter doubles as a producer to keep the wheels
turning and – I guess you can say triples – as a judge for the
Songster Bus. The good cause of the project is the reason he jumped
on board as well. “It is a supremely important event as we are
giving back to those who have given everything.”
For the public, The Nashville
Connection – Heroes Salute is going to be a series of performances,
ceremonies and jam sessions culminating in the Heroes Salute Concert
at the Nashville Palace on October 17. For a schedule of events visit
http://www.thenashvilleconnection.com/schedule.php
Proceeds are going to the following
organizations: FUTURE (Families United Toward Universal Respect),
Survivor Outreach Services , SC Gold Star Mothers & Families and
The Military Family Lifestyle Charitable Foundation, Inc. (MFLCF).
Shelley Ridge for Country Music News
International Magazine

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