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The 47th Annual GMA DOVE Awards to Air Soon – This Year’s Theme “LOVE Amplified”

Dove 2The 47th Annual GMA DOVE Awards was so on point and almost electrifying. This year’s theme: ‘Love Amplified’ and as the seats and media room filled to capacity at the host venue; Lipscomb University Allen Arena, you could almost see the excitement building. There were so many valuable , working components including a bevy of pre-shows, showcases, concerts and VIP kick off receptions (as always) but the “day of the DOVES” will forever remain blessed and magical. Now organizers, talent, fans and everyone with an interest or passion with Christian, Gospel music, can sit back and enjoy the show – soon.

WHO:
Hosted by for KING & COUNTRY and Tye Tribbett, the 47th Annual GMA Dove Awards features performances by the biggest names in Christian and Gospel music, including Natalie Grant, Matthew West, The Isaacs, Anthony Brown, Tamela Mann, Hillsong UNITED and a special reunion performance by DC Talk.
Presenters include Lecrae, Hillary Scott, Kirk Franklin, CeCe Winans, Lauren Daigle and more.
SoundExchange Digital Radio Award recipient: Chris Tomlin

WHAT: The GMA Dove Awards celebrate the contributions of artists from every style of Christian/Gospel music. Nominees are determined by over 1,600 professional members, and winners are voted on by the entire GMA membership of nearly 2,500.

WHEN: Airing Sunday, October 16 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT and again on Saturday, October 22 at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT

About GMA:
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country, Latin and more. The GMA community includes agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards and IMMERSE. For more on supporting the GMA or becoming a member, please visit www.gospelmusic.org.Dove 3

About the Trinity Broadcasting Network: 
With thirty global networks, the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks is the world’s largest faith-and-family television group, airing a broad range of church and ministry programming, Christian music, family-friendly movies, children’s programming, and shows for teens and young adults 24 hours a day to every inhabited continent via 82 satellite channels and thousands of television and cable affiliates. In addition, TBN’s most popular global networks are available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices and over 40,000 entertaining and inspirational On-Demand programs are accessible via TBN’s innovative online network, iTBN.org.

To find out more about the Trinity Broadcasting Family of Networks, log on to www.tbn.org.

Black Music Honors in Music City USA Slayed the Night

Recently a new event Honored Music Legends in Music City through tribute and song The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) was pleased to celebrate six acclaimed honorees and a foundational music label on August 18, 2016.

BMH 3Celebrate the Soul: Black Music Honors, NMAAM’s first branded show of this caliber, was a television taping co-hosted by Grammy award winner, Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Grammy award nominated R&B Singer, Ledisi. The star-studded celebration honored noted music legends such as: Pastor Shirley Caesar, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Big Daddy Kane, Dionne Warwick, Clarence Avant of Stax Records

The night was filled with live, tribute performances featuring Grammy winning recording artists Eddie Levert, Tina Campbell, Ann Nesby, Deborah Cox, and Andra Day as well as Chubb Rock, Cherelle, Gerald Alston and Stokley Williams. Jekalyn Carr gave a dynamic performance that led up to Reverend Shirley Caesar being honored. Legendary, Grammy award winning groups, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards and The SOS Band also performed. Presenters included Kirk Franklin, “Big Jim” Wright, Monie Love, Kathy Sledge, Ethiopia Habtemariam and H. Beecher Hicks, III (president and CEO of NMAAM), along with several others.

Nashville’s love for quality music and entertainment consistency has long since earned the vibrant city the title; “Music City USA.” The new brick and mortar museum forthcominBMH 2g to the city will proudly display a bevy of talent history. The Black Honors was a night to remember as the Tennessee Performing Arts Commission (TPAC) venue hosted a packed audience. More quality programming and upcoming events representing NMAAM are in the works.

The Black Music Honors will air in Nashville, on WTVF-News Channel 5 on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3:00pm (CDT). The show will premiere nationally on the Bounce TV Network, Friday, September 23, 2016 at 9:00pm (EDT) and will re-air on Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 11:00am (EDT). The show will run in syndication on the Bounce and Aspire channels between September 23rd – October 9, 2016

Make plans to visit NMAAM in Music City, in late 2018 when the physical doors open.

UrVoyce: New Media Agency

Urvoyce is  a consulting and design firm that focuses on new media strategy that utilizes original content, multimedia projects, website design, and social networks to help organizations build an online presence. 

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Jason Luntz, Founder of UrVoyce

The founder of UrVoyce is Jason Luntz, a communication professional who has been actively immersed in social media since 2008 when he began his career writing online for various blogs. As social media expanded from Myspace to Twitter and Facebook he began to learn how to leverage his online influence to help others grow their presence on the internet. This eventually grew into a full fledged career that allows Jason to give small companies and non-profits the same marketing opportunities as their larger counterparts.

UrVoyce now enjoys working with a variety of clients and handling their online and multimedia needs. This is done by creating dynamic websites, social network campaigns, as well as print, audio, and video stories.

To learn more about Jason and UrVoyce please visit: www.urvoyce.com.

Kinder Care Learning Center

 

At KinderCare Learning Centers, we accept Infants through 12 years of age. We focus on developmental skills that are assist children in their future path of learning:

  • Language and Literacy Development
  • Executive Function
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development and Wellness
  • Cognitive Development
  • Creative Expressions

We also have summer camp for school agers and a variety of enrichment programs.

Please visit us at www.kindercare.com or at one of our local Nashville area centers:

ANTIOCH

592 Bell Road

615-361-8707

FRANKLIN

208 Seaboard Lane

615-771-7121

205 Bedford Way

615-791-5022

2111 Fieldstone Parkway

615-791-0228

GOODLETTSVILLE

1025 Jackson Road

615-851-1361

HENDERSONVILLE

138 Maple Row Boulevard

615-824-0645

HERMITAGE

4771 Andrew Jackson Parkway

615-883-6869

MURFREESBORO

1239 Sloan Street

615-890-7488

NASHVILLE

410 Swiss Avenue

615-833-3960

Summer NAMM 2016 Took Center Stage in Music City

The 2016 Summer NAMM show returned last week to Music City Center in Nashville, offering a robust platform for buyers, exhibitors and professionals to engage with the latest products, learn new business strategies and to connect with other industry peers.  Also to position their businesses for a successful second half of the year and “Spotlight Tennessee” was on hand with full coverage.DSC_0170

NAMM, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), commonly called NAMM in reference to the organization’s popular NAMM trade shows, is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry..

“We are proud of our NAMM members who came to Nashville eager to learn, to make new business connections and to build deeper connections with their current partners, all in an effort to proactively plan for a strong fall and holiday season,” said Joe Lamond, NAMM president and CEO. “The industry continues to change rapidly and in my opinion, the clues to success were available to forward-thinking members on the show floor this year in Nashville.”

DSC_0142With the wealth of educational sessions and leading manufacturers on hand, 14,055 industry professionals registered for Summer NAMM, a 1% increase over 2015 and 14% over 2014. Of that, international attendees accounted for 12% growth over 2015, and 59% growth since 2014, making for the largest number of international participants at Summer NAMM in over a decade. The number of buyers attending Summer NAMM was comparable in count to 2015, however the mix continues to evolve. This year’s event saw a small drop in community music stores but an increase in member buyers from Asia and Europe, combined with a strong turnout of mid-to-large U.S. dealers, which populated the show floor with buying power.

The show counted a variety of new and returning exhibitors including Dunlop, Ernie Ball, Fender, Ovation, and Pearl, among many others, and with Summer NAMM veterans like Martin, Peavey, Roland, Sabian, Taylor, Yamaha, and Zildjian returning to showcase their latest gear. This year’s show saw a rise in exhibitors with 1,650 brands represented by 517 exhibitors, an increase of 5% over 2015.

Professional education was a strong draw for many, as NAMM U and TEC Tracks offered 54 sessions that covered a variety of business-enhancing topics, all in an effort to position attendees for success. “This is my thirty-fifth year in business, and most of my total education on retailing has come from NAMM through NAMM U. It has been great for me,” said David Schmidt, of Schmidt’s Music in Pensacola, Florida.

Show Recap:

The show opened on Thursday with a NAMM U breakfast session, The Online Retail Summit, where retailers who have made a place in online retailing relayed to the crowd their lessons learned, best practices and tips for success. On the floor of the show, the Music City Center was abuzz with a variety of new product debuts, business meetings and orders. Throughout the day, members enjoyed the NAMM Nissan Terrace Stage which featured a variety of performers. The day’s events were capped with a high-spirited performance from the legendary Charlie Daniels Band as part of the first ever, NAMM at Night opening party.

On Friday morning, the show opened with a “no holds barred” breakfast session with NAMM U veteran speaker, Jeffrey Hayzlett.

Hayzlett energized the morning crowd with his candid assessment of businesses that succeed and businesses that fail. Friday evening was capped with the Top 100 Dealer awards. Now in their sixth year, the Top 100 applaud excellence and innovation in music products retailing and this, year recognized Contemporary Music Center with the prestigious Dealer of the Year award. The event was hosted by Country Music Television personality Cody Alan, complete with live band, Tim Akers and The Smoking Session. 

In My Zone Hosts ‘Loving and Encouraging our Youth Day’

Written by: Nicole L. Wade

There are not many things that top the importance of addressing the concerns of our youth.

As bad news about youths gone awry bombards our living rooms all too frequently, we are left wondering what we can do to make a lasting and positive difference. Nashville resident, Carla Hart, might answer this question by saying, “Render your time and talents to the young people in your community.” Carla, originally from suburban Illinois, is the proud mother of 4 sons and a proponent for strength in family and communities. She is the founder of In My Zone, an organization she created to inspire and celebrate youths.

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Carla Hart

On April 16th, Carla hosted “Loving and Encouraging our Youth Day” at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, located in Antioch, TN. She put a great deal of thought and heart into enlisting other professionals to join her in edifying approximately fifty 5th – 7th grade young ladies, with topics that are relevant to their age groups. [Read more…]

The Unbeatable Laws Of Customer Service

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If you want to be number one in customer service, you have to do a number of things that make you stand out from the crowd. Here are 7 ways that will put you on top.

1. Roll Out The Red Carpet For Everyone. If there’s one thing people hate about poor service, it’s getting treated differently from others. It makes them feel inferior and second-class. Gary Richter says you should roll out the red carpet for everyone, but particularly those who don’t expect it. “I tell my employees, if we roll out the red carpet for a billionaire, they won’t even notice. If we roll it out for millionaires, they expect it. If we roll it out for thousandaires, they appreciate it. And, if we roll out the red carpet for hundredaires, they’ll tell everyone they know.” [Read more…]

White’s Creek High School Athletic Track To Bear Coach Sam Smith Name & Legacy

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By Deborah A. Culp​

April, 2016 – Nashville, TN – – On Friday May 6, 2016, Coach Sam Smith will be honored in the highest esteem for his well earned and deserved service to youth and the city of Nashville.

The athlete’s runner track at Whites Creek High School will be named after the hard working 73 year old. For 36 years, Coach Smith has dedicated his time and life to girls track, football and other professional coaching endeavors. The school is located at 7277 Old Hickory Blvd, Whites Creek, TN 37189.

This honor has been long awaited and all involved are thankful and anticipating May 6th. Nashville’s First Female Mayor, the Honorable Megan Barry, and a host of VIP’s well be present for the ribbon cutting, parade and overall fanfare of the day. The academic staff of teachers, parents, volunteers and student body is being prepped for the special day ahead. [Read more…]

Entrepreneurial Failure: Get Used To It

To be a successful entrepreneur you are going to have to learn to deal with failure. There is no way around it. Thomas Edison tried over ten thousand different experiments before he finally demonstrated the first incandescent light bulb on October 21, 1879. Bill Gates’ first company, Traf-O-Data, was a failure. Michael Jordan was once quoted as saying: “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot; And missed. I’ve failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 3.59.44 PM

Ask most entrepreneurs how many time they have failed and they will say”more times than I can count”. Most will have their share of success, but it is rarely close to equal. The failures far outweigh the successes. As a business owner you have to be OK with that, because once you stop failing, you will have stopped trying to innovate. It’s the nature of the business of being an entrepreneur, and of success in general. [Read more…]

Did You Know You Can Make Money Online Before You Have A Product?

Waiting until you have a product of your own to make money online means you are missing out on a lot of potential profit that you could be making while you get your own products ready.

You do not want to waste the opportunity. First, create a plan or a map of how much money you would like to earn online and then take the steps to fulfill that plan. If you donít have a plan or a marketing strategy to use to make money, then you will not be as successful. [Read more…]