Nashville Hosts Successful Black History Month My Music Matters Luncheon

June marks the sensational Black Music Month nationwide and Nashville wasn’t left out of the loop at all. We welcomed the month of June, 2017 in with a history making Black Music Month kickoff luncheon. The memorable event was themed:  “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Lunch.

Nashville, TN is known worldwide for honorably bearing the title of:   “Music City USA” As the mid-state, capitol city host legendary, award winning artist in the genre’s of Country, Gospel, Jazz and Rhythm and Blues; tourism and relocation is growing in leaps and bounds, weekly.

The luncheon was designed to celebrate the contributions of iconic artists and benefits the Museum’s educational programs, recognized several top names in various industry categories and music genres. Such as;  legendary singer Patti LaBelle, gospel icon Kirk Franklin, King of New Jack Swing Teddy Riley, and Stax music producer David Porter.


Actor/comedian David Mann served as host, and music executives Phil Thornton of RCA and Catherine Brewton of BMI served as co-chairs.

This year’s  honorees also enjoyed fitting  tribute performances from artists Tamela Mann, Kelly Price, Dave Hollister, Mannie Fresh, Le’Andria Johnson, Avery Wilson, and Jeremy O’Bryan. Everyone in attendance, performers, museum personnel, contributors and media alike were dressed to the nines for the landmark event.

The lunch was held to benefit the Museum’s educational programs, such as From Nothing to Something, a series of one-hour workshops that educates students in grades 3-8 about the innovations used to create music by memory, and Sips & Stanzas, a social networking event that provides adults with an opportunity to experience sounds from emerging artists and participate in engaging discussions about American’s music culture.

The National Museum of African American Music is set to open its doors in 2019. It is to be the only museum dedicated to preserving the legacy and celebrating the accomplishments of the many music genres created, influenced, or inspired by African Americans. Being built in Nashville, the Museum integrates history and interactive technology to share the untold story of the American Soundtrack.

“We could not do any of the work we are doing without your support. Consider donating today to keep the legacy of African American music going”, stated Lolita Toney. NMAAM Director of Development and Chief of Staff

For NMAAM and other music industry updates, photographs and valuable future coverage, keep a close eye on “Spotlight Tennessee.” We will continue to bring the best in relevant news, photography and video coverage as it unfolds in the Mid-State.


As we move past the half way mark for the year 2017, there is already a lot to savor for the months gone by. Summer NAMM 2017 enjoyed a successful wrap up and infused a myriad of greatness into Music City USA, once again.

Summer NAMM took center stage in Nashville again and packed the Music City Center Convention Center. NAMM is an invaluable resource and credit to the music industry as a whole. The city known to the world as Music City USA, lived up to the expectations of vendors, conference attendees, media and entertainment industry professionals.

The trade convention style platform covers a myriad of information over the 3 ½ day period. It’s fun, upbeat and the vendors are experienced, well rounded in their product and services line. Many popular, local and national bands and musicians will play at various times throughout the event.

NAMM U is one of the best draws of the summer show, providing key and inside tip information through their course in: Sales, Marketing, Management, Finance and Industry Lessons. It’s suggested that attendee’s take in at least one of the power packed music industry sessions.

To venture deeper into “all things NAMM” take some time out to become familiar with the carefully tailored NAMM Foundation. It’s truly been a catalyst to support the younger crowd via academics and a staunch tie in to the music industry.

Notable Events form Summer NAMM 2017

  • Best in Show, Breakfast Session
  • The Future of Production in Nashville – A Masterclass in Contemporary Country: Sheryl Crow, TEC Tracks (held at Booth 263), Music City Center
  • NAMM Headliner: Charley Pride
  • World’s Fastest Drummer Finals
  • NAMM Foundation Announced New Board of Directors

NAMM Board Announced New Executive Committee Members

If Summer NAMM 2017 was such a big hit and packed daily, imagine what the larger NAMM show will be like in January, 2018. Known as The 2018 NAMM Show, that major event takes place annually in Los Angeles, California.

Like Summer NAMM 2017, The NAMM Show 2018 will have a great deal to offer (even more since it’s a larger event) some of the highlights of that show will include; NAMM and the Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA), have announced an alliance between the two non-profit organizations that will offer event technology.

As well as, John Stadius to Receive Audio Innovator Honor at Parnelli Awards. The Parnelli Board of Advisors has announced that pro audio pioneer and DiGiCo technical director John Stadius will receive the 2018 Parnelli Audio Innovator Award.

Black Music Honors 2017 Rocked Music City USA

The weekend which the Black Music Honors & Awards took place can be scaled down to one word – the word “WOW” is what initially comes to mind. The classy lady known as both Nashville and Music City USA. A live taping television special took place on Friday, August 18, 2017, at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, TN.

(l-r) Rickey Smiley and LeToya Luckett

Central City Productions will pay tribute to various high profiles, award-winning entertainers. They included: The Jacksons, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Guy, Oleta Adams and Jody Watley during the Black Music Honors.

The two-hour event acknowledged the legendary African American artists who have influenced and made significant musical contributions to African American culture and American music worldwide. Rickey Smiley, television/radio personality and Grammy Award-winner and actress LeToya Luckett, will co-host the show set to air on broadcast syndication, Sept. 2-30, 2017 and on Bounce TV, Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m. (EDT).

The legendary groups, The Jacksons graciously received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement in Music Award during the star-studded television taping. The Jacksons are still considered one of the hottest and most popular groups worldwide. The much-celebrated Jacksons made a remarkable performance debut at the event. Playing to a packed venue, the noted Jacksons performed some of their greatest hits, commanding an attentive audience to stand on their feet and cheer.

(l-r) Christopher Reid and Christopher Martin of Kid ‘n Play

Stellar Awards and Grammy® Award-winner Donnie McClurkin, received the Gospel Music Icon Award; the R&B group Guy (creators of the New Jack Swing sound) was given the R&B Soul Music Icon Award; Grammy® nominated rapper Slick Rick was presented with the Hip Hop/Rap Music Icon Award. Timeless beauty, Grammy® nominated-singer Oleta Adams proudly received the Legends Award. Another Grammy® Award-winner, Jody Watley was recognized with the Crossover Music Icon Award.

“I am pleased and thrilled to honor some of today’s most influential and iconic music artists”, said Don Jackson, founder of Central City Productions and executive producer of Black Music Honors. “The caliber of this year’s honorees speaks to the incredible impact, breadth and depth of the music these artists have given to the world. I am truly excited about this year’s show. From a legendary group like The Jacksons, to Jody Watley, Donnie McClurkin, Slick Rick, Oleta Adams and Guy, we are paying tribute to extraordinary artists from various genres of the music industry”.

The Black Music Honors list continued to light up the night with other noted music and entertainment icons and special performances. There were special performances by Avery Sunshine, Dave Hollister, Jonathan Butler, Karen Clark Sheard, Kid N Play, Latrice Crawford, Leela James, Marvin Winans, SWV, Da Brat, Sevyn Streeter and more.

The Black Music Honors is produced by Central City Productions. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the National Museum of African American Music, scheduled to open in Nashville, TN, in 2019.

The event took place in Nashville, TN at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) located at 505 Deaderick St., in Nashville. The doors opened at 6:00 p.m. and the shows taping kicked off at 7:00 p.m. (CDT) However, due to CCP working with various networks and industry partners, it will be seen worldwide. Check your local and other listings and stay connected with social media and the websites for this and future productions.Also be sure to like

About Central City Productions (CCP)

Chicago’s premier TV Production Company. With 46 years of successful and innovative television production and marketing experience, Central City Productions (CCP) is a leader in minority- targeted television. CCP is a full-service television production company that produces, syndicates, and manages advertising sales for all its programs. CCP programs reflect the widespread diversity of talent, the one-time specials and the annual and/or weekly programs that have achieved tremendous mass audience appeal, including its flagship production of The Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

Beauty Behind Bars Spotlight

Visionary, Founder/CEO Tiffany Love Harden enjoyed another Very successful, life changing “Beauty Behind Bars” ministry event.   Saturday August 12, 2017 will be remembered for some time to come as an un-disclosed number of pre-paid ticket holders once again filled the Vanderbilt Student Life Student Center.  The venue is centrally located at 310 25th Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37212.

Conference Host, Tiffany Love-Harden is also known as “The Spiritual Bail – Bondswoman.” This due in part to her successful reign with assisting others with freeing themselves from all types of earthly bondage and strife.

Tiffany kicked off the speaker line up with a very interactive teaching session on, “the JEANS You Wear, GENES You Share”.

Evangelist Danielle McCord, followed with her testimony sharing how before she became an anointed Woman of God, she endured many horrific events during her lifetime. Danielle’s anointed testimony is astounding!

This year’s Keynote (Nashville) Speaker was Dr. Juanita Bynum and she did not disappoint. Her mass use of God’s gifts and talents which are many, but include: Psalmist, Author, sought after Minister and Worship Leader, Life Coach and more.  Dr. Bynum preached God’s word and women were delivered from mental bondage.

The A-list style powerful Nashville speaker lineup that followed Dr. Bynum included; Mignon Francois, Donzaleigh Powell, Pastor Judy Johnson, Angela Mitchell, Sharon Edwards, Marley Richiez and Aignes Rogan.

Just when the conference interest level reached amazing point of no return anticipation, more was revealed. The award winning nationally renowned and recognized Tennessee Mass Choir will be on hand for special performances, ministering in Gospel music.   This Beauty Behind Bars event is for women of all ages in the Nashville, TN and surrounding, Tennessee cities. 

BBB helps women/girls break away from mental incarceration & self imprisonment of domestic violence, human trafficking, low self-esteem, doubt, depression, suicide, and dream killing.  The conference teaches accountability, how to pick up the pieces and press forward, how to accomplish dreams/goals, saying goodbye to negativity or bad relationships, and the importance of loving self from the inside out.

Tennessee was recently named as a state with an increase in domestic violence and quickly climbing the top 10 statistics in human trafficking.  Due to alarming and increasing domestic violence and human trafficking rates/statistics in the state of Tennessee we are hosting this conference to teach innovative methods of the importance of getting help, and how to identify when you are mentally incarcerated, self-imprisoned, or in unhealthy relationships/domestic violence situations.

“Time is of the utmost essence for all of us in life and no matter who you are your life revolves around time. Everyday has 86,400 seconds – how will you use yours? A made up bed is a made up mind”, stated Tiffany Love Harden.


The “Power Of We: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon Featured Key Business Leaders And Provides Networking Opportunities 

In its second year, the luncheon included panelists and entrepreneurs from multiple industries.

Nashville, Tenn. (Mar. 13, 2017) – Nashville nonprofit organization Legacy Makers held its second “Power of WE: Women Entrepreneurs” Luncheon at Belmont University’s Inman Conference Center on Thursday, March 9. More than 100 women entrepreneurs and businesswomen were in attendance. [Read more…]

Eric L. Meriwether

Eric L. Meriwether is a 2005 graduate of the Jennings A. Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University where he received his Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Business Management. He began his career in financial services in 2004 with SunTrust Bank, and quickly moved up the ranks into management after graduation. In 2014, he  left his post as Vice President and Branch Manager at SunTrust Bank and joined Northwestern Mutual, a nationwide financial services firm, where he is currently a Financial Advisor. He now helps clients create, preserve, and pass on generational wealth.

Eric works with corporate/business executives, business owners, medical, and sports and music/entertainment industry professionals across the nation. He strategizes with his clients to identify and access their financial needs, then provides relevant solutions to aid them in achieving their goals. He does this by creating a financial game plan for each client specifically designed to address their need(s) and objectives after consultation and a detailed analysis of their financial position.

Eric provides the following services:

  • Financial Planning
  • Insurance Products and Services
  • Investment Advisory Products and Services
  • Retirement Planning
  • College Savings
  • Business Services

Eric is a native of Memphis, TN and currently resides in Murfreesboro TN with his wife, Tempest, of over 9 years and their two daughters, Arianna and Ariya. Eric and his wife are also co-founders of O3 Marriage Club, a non-profit organization established to encourage, save, and sustain healthy loving marriages and families through engaging forms of education, fitness, leisure, and charity. Eric has a passion for people, education, family, and ministry. He dedicates his life to giving back and spreading the message of practical life application of biblical principles on financial stewardship!

To get additional info, schedule a free consultation, or learn more about Eric contact him via the info listed below:

Eric Meriwether – Northwestern Mutual

1639 Medical Center Pkwy, STE 301

Murfreesboro, TN. 37129

Office: (615) 898-8743

Cell: (615) 691-2378




Spotlight Tennessee Features the 16th Annual Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast

On Monday January 16, 2017 Bone McAllester Norton PLLC presented their 16th Annual Martin Luther King (MLK) Fellowship Breakfast and the event command audience was standing room only! With a tagline that proudly says: ‘Law, Life and Passion’ the Nashville, Tennessee based mega law firm was already off to a great start.  Bone McAllester Norton PLLC is a full-service business law firm with offices in Nashville, Sumner County and Williamson County, Tennessee. Founded in 2002 with a focus on high-quality work, client satisfaction and community involvement, the firm consists today of more than 40 attorneys with an extensive range of practices and experiences. “We function under a commitment to accessibility, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness and professionalism and focus on building creative and strategic solutions for every client” says the firm.

Handling the Press and Media for such a large and memorable event was the esteemed  duGard Agency, Perri duGard Founder/CEO.As always Lady duGard handled every aspect of the event with elegance, and staunch professionalism. Attending to the needs and concerns of the media and guest and numerous attendees in the packed banquet room

Regina McCrary and the world renowned McCrary Sisters and Reverend Lawrence Thomison set the tone with their heartfelt Gospel music renditions. Both are legendary in the Christian/Gospel music industry, with years bringing passionate spiritual talent to listeners worldwide.   Nashville’s first lady, the honorable Mayor Megan Barry, Charles Bone and other dignitaries addressed the audience. The excited and grateful crown consisted of elected officials, business owners, civil servants and ironically families with children in tow for the historic event, of all ages.

Ambassador Andrew Young delivered a powerful keynote address; a tribute to Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All which reflected on, previous economic, civil rights and political circumstances as well as current events and matters affecting us as American people.  Local and national Press and Media from all genres covered the noted event. Overall the 16th Annual MLK Fellowship Breakfast will be fondly remembered for some time to come. Another reason for the ‘proud lady known as Nashville and Music City USA to stand up and take a well deserved bow.

Surely plans are already underway for next year’s MLK event. No worries, ‘Spotlight Tennessee’ will be around to provide full coverage of that event as well.

Greenwood Cemetery Elder Preston Taylor Annual Banquet

The Greenwood Cemetery Inc. Board of Directors and Management held their Annual Elder Preston Taylor Banquet on Sunday December 11th, at the Millennium Maxwell House. This year marked the 128th anniversary celebration, honoring some of the people who have made and continue to make, the historic resting place memorable.

Greenwood Cemetery Inc. is comprised of four Nashville based locations, but known and recognized worldwide for its intrinsic beauty, history and value to African American’s and the community at large. The three locations are: 1. The Preston Taylor Mausoleum and Columbarium 1428 Elm Hill Pike (erected in 2012) Nashville, TN. – Greenwood Cemetery: The historical site formerly referred to as Main – 1428 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN, 2. Greenwood Cemetery –West, 820 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN. and 3.Greenwood Cemetery-North, 1248 South Dickerson Road, Goodlettsville, TN.

Founded in 1887, (established in 1888) Elder Preston Taylor purchased thirty-seven acres of land near “Buttermilk Ridge” at Elm Hill Road and Spence Lane on which he established the Greenwood Cemetery in 1888.  Preston, along with three other gentlemen, had planned to purchase this land together for $30,000. Preston was the only one who followed through on the transaction. His purpose was to mainly provide first class burial space that would be available at minimal cost for the African American population of Nashville, in particular, and for the surrounding communities.  In his Will he deeded the cemetery to the National Christian Missionary Convention of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); it remains, yet today, a non-profit establishment.

Dwayne L. Bell, Sr. Presiding Manager, Greenwood Cemetery kicked off the evening with greetings to all An array of upbeat and smooth dance music was provided by Laura Vida (band style).  Invocation from Board Member Beverly Dickason (fragment). The welcome was given by Board Chair Reverend, Dr. William Lee. Owner, Fasten Funeral Home and MTFD, MA, Inc President, William Jenkins delivered the greetings and the occasion was provided by Administrative Secretary, Reverend Dr. Timothy James. Music was provided throughout the meal and the program resumed with additional greetings from Reverend.

Dr. Cristal Williams, President and Regional Minister of Tennessee. Dwayne Bell, Sr. presented some prestigious awards and a couple of the awardees were pleasantly surprised. After more acknowledgements, introductions and remarks were delivered from Dwayne Bell, Sr. guest were invited to mix, mingle, network and to take advantage of the dancing until 9:30 pm.

Dwayne Bell, Sr. left no thanked and recognized his family: wife Beverly Walker Bell, son, Dwayne Bell, Jr. (it happened to be his birthday that evening), and daughter, Honorable General Sessions Judge Rachel L. Bell, along with his own minister, Reverend Dr. Judy Cummings and the Greenwood Cemetery Inc staff. 

As he acknowledged the staff, and others, he noted that “this is an event which we look forward to hosting. An affair where we show our appreciation and acknowledge and thank our  supporters for their day to day, extreme importance and how they work collectively to keep things running smoothly.”

For over 120 years the final resting place(s) known as Greenwood has continuously served the Nashville community for 115 years as a nonprofit corporation.  Greenwood Cemetery is steeped in beauty, history, and tradition and all
income goes into perpetual care, operation, and scholarships for students majoring in religious education.

Delta Sigma Theta Inc. Nashville Alumnae Chapter Annual Holiday Dance

The Annual Delta Sigma Theta Inc Holiday Dance and gala was one of the most amazing events that Music City USA held in2016.

On Saturday night, December 10th, thousands of Nashville’s prominent African- American entrepreneurs, leaders and socialites partied at the Municipal Auditorium for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  Nashville Alumnae Chapter’s Annual Holiday Soiree. 

It was a night to remember and said to be one of the classiest ‘invitation only’ affairs held in the Mid-state. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a group of women vested in culture, education, loyalty and the empowerment of our community worldwide for over 100 years. Over 50 tables were hosted by Chapter members who are some of Nashville’s most prestigious leaders. State Representative, Brenda Gilmore ,Judge Rachel L. Bell Property Assessor, Vivian Wilhoite, Senator Thelma Harper to name a few. 

Everyone in attendance was dressed to the nines and each table carried its own flair as the table host decorated their tables.  They provided an array of tasty food and drink for their guests and no two were alike. It was almost magical to see the overall transformation of the venue. The difference between the usual concert or sports events held there to the tangible transpiration that took place for the Delta party was amazing. It was a “who’s who” memorable event and a few of those in attendance included; City Councilwoman at Large, Sharon Hurt, Publisher/Founder Tennessee Minority Pages-  Tunishia Scott, Co-Founder and President of Campus RX- Dr. Dorsha James, Comedian T. C. Cope, and Vernon Winfrey, Media Mogul Oprah Winfrey’s dad, Dr. Stephanie Hale Walker and her husband Presiding Bishop Joseph W. Walker III and many more.

There was even a photo booth complete with an array of photo props and various knick knacks designed to make the outcome of each photograph taken, even more memorable. Some of them were holiday themed and others were reflective of fun characteristics. One couple was overhead saying: “Man what a party, they thought of everything!”  Party guests arrived as couples, with other friends or alone, but all by invitation only. Crimson and crème are the official Delta colors and whereas there was a great deal of red attire worn, others stuck to black and the range of colors and fashionably beautiful attire added to the overall tapestry. 

The packed house danced to the turn table skills of Victor Chatman (Victor Chatman Productions). This included many members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and their guest alike. All in all it was an equally yoked combination of empowerment and delightful fun.  If the plans for next year’s annual event are not already in the works, no doubt it soon will be.

“The Delta Sigma Theta Christmas party is an annual event that kicks off the festive season with our family, friends and supporters”, said sorority member and attendee Beverly Walker Bell.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded on January 13, 1913 by 22 collegiate women at Howard University and incorporated in 1930.  These students wanted to use their collective strength to promote academic excellence and to provide assistance to those in need. In March of 1913, the Founders of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. performed their first public act. They participated in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington, D.C. Historic facts are courtesy of national website:

Fashioned In His Image (FIHI) Inaugural Community Outreach Luncheon

FIHI2On November 19, 2016, Fashioned In His Image (FIHI) held its Inaugural Community Outreach Luncheon hosted by Kiwanis Hockett, FIHI Founder & CEO, and Lady Shaunte Garrett, 760 AM The Gospel at Christ Church in Nashville, TN. The luncheon honored 16 extraordinary women, which included young emerging leaders of the next generation in the Nashville Community, who exemplified exceptional service through volunteerism. These women exhibited the courage to overcome obstacles, the tenacity to make a difference, and expressed genuine love for others.

Honorees received prestigious awards that honored and personified Mother Fannie B. Lacy Waters, who touched and changed the lives of thousands of people of all ages in her lifetime. She was a pastor’s wife, a counselor, leader, confidant, and trusted friend in the Nashville Community.

FIHI’s Circle of Life Scholarship Fund awarded scholarships to two young emerging leaders based on their academic achievement, church and community involvement and leadership capabilities. It was established in 2012 with the purpose of providing encouragement and financial support.

Fashioned In His Image Total Women’s Center, Inc. (FIHI) empowers women and young girls to pursue and attain dreams that may not otherwise be accomplished without assistance.