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