|(L-R): Nicole Zeller (Senior Publicist, PLA Media), Steve Cook (Bassist, Merchandise), Phil Vassar,Jeff Howard (APA Nashville), Kenny Thurman (Production/Sound) and the CMA EDU Board Members|
With countless hits as a country singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards, this Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, along with his team, was there to answer any questions the students had as well as discuss how they got their job and any tips they had to give the students to achieve the career of their choice.
“We thoroughly enjoyed having Phil Vassar be a part of the CMA EDU program last night at Vanderbilt. Not only is he a hit songwriter and recording artist, but his advice on pursuing a career in the music industry is invaluable. CMA EDU is beyond excited to be working with an artist of his caliber and looks forward to his future involvement with other CMA EDU chapters,” said Tiffany Kerns, Community Outreach Manager for CMA.
Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs including Carlene, Last Day of My Life and American Child and number one hits In A Real Love and the perennial favorite Just Another Day in Paradise.
Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, he has written #1 hits for Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, I’m Alright) and Alan Jackson (Right on the Money). Other chart-topping singles include Tim McGraw (For A Little While, My Next Thirty Years) Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham) and David Nail (The Sound of a Million Dreams), which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.
Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, he was signed to Arista and his self-titled debut album was released in early 2000 which produced five hit singles on the U.S. Billboard country singles chart and was certified gold. He followed it up in 2002 with American Child, Shaken Not Stirred in 2004 and finally Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 in 2006 before he left the label for Universal South Records. His first album for that label, Prayer of a Common Man was released in early 2008. Bye, Bye earned Vassar his first ASCAP award for Country Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 1999. www.PhilVassar.com.
About CMA EDU: “CMA EDU is a campus-based program that gathers college students in celebration of their love for music and gives them an inside look into the music industry. In return, CMA leverages these groups for research, marketing, and promotional use on their respective campuses. For students who are interested in a career in the music or entertainment industry, CMA EDU provides valuable opportunities to explore the field, network with industry professionals, and build a resume through volunteer and project participation." For more information, please visit CMAworld.com
The Shalom Foundation's Hymns, Hams And Jams Featuring Phil Vassar Is Set For
Award-winning singer, songwriter Phil Vassar is sharing his time and talents at Nashville’s annual Hymns, Hams & Jams, benefiting The Shalom Foundation on at the Loveless Barn. Funds raised support The Shalom Foundation's Medical, Education and Nutrition Programs.
The evening includes a delicious, hearty dinner, silent and live auctions and great music. Reservations can be made online at www.theshalomfoundation.org, via email at abender@theshalomfoundation.
org, or at 615-595-5811.
Local Pediatric Surgery Teams from Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital, LeBonheur Children’s Hospital-Hamilton Eye Institute and the Nashville Dental Team served with The Shalom Foundation this year. Pharmacy students from Belmont College of Pharmacy and community leaders including Mayor of Franklin, Dr. Ken Moore, Gordon Inman, Nelson Shields and Tim Pagliara also visited the Moore Pediatric Center with Shalom’s founder, Steve Moore, in recent months. All have participated in Hymns, Hams & Jams.
“We welcome others to serve with us and support our efforts,” said Moore. “Without the participation of volunteers, we cannot fulfill our mission.”
Local volunteers and teams from across the country have provided funding and direct care for thousands of children already this year. Doctors and nurses have completed hundreds of surgical procedures changing the lives of those children, their families and themselves as well.
“Our nutrition and education programs provide direct support to combat devastating malnutrition and to keep at-risk children in school until graduation,” said Moore. “These programs impact our children and families here and there,” said Dr. Ken Moore. Dr. Moore serves as Medical Director and vice president of the board of directors for The Shalom Foundation.
ABOUT PHIL VASSAR: With countless hits as a country singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards, this Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs including Carlene, Last Day of My Life and American Child and number one hits In A Real Love and the perennial favorite Just Another Day in Paradise. Vassar has released 8 albums including a Christmas album with traditional and original material.
Known as one of Nashville's top tunesmiths, he has written #1 hits and other chart topping singles for: Tim McGraw (For A Little While, My Next Thirty Years), Alan Jackson (Right on the Money), Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, I’m Alright), Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham) and David Nail (The Sound of a Million Dreams), which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.
Vassar has earned numerous awards including ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Year. He has a heart for children and children’s organizations and is proud to support The Shalom Foundation. When not on the road performing, he can be found spending time with his two daughters and just being dad. For more information visit www.PhilVassar.com.
ABOUT THE SHALOM FOUNDATION: The Shalom Foundation is a local non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to demonstrating.
Christian values while providing humanitarian aid to children and their families living in extreme poverty. The organization provides educational opportunities for children and adults, nutritional supplements, food and clean water for the malnourished, community outreach. Medical assistance for basic healthcare and critical care needs are through The Moore Pediatric Surgery Center in Guatemala City. Shalom has provided significant support to programs serving children in need in the US and in the world. It is located at 412 Cummins Street, Franklin, Tennessee 37065. To learn more and make a tax-deductible donation, please visit www.theshalomfoundation.org. Join the conversation, www.facebook.com/
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THIS WEEK ON TOUR...
Phil and the band are off for the next few weeks, with a couple of private shows scattered in. The next public show starts the California road trip on November 6-9 with stops in Bakersfield (Buck Owens Crystal Palace), Thousand Oaks (Boarderline Bar & Grill), and Fremont (The Saddle Rack).
November 14: Chevalier Theatre
Boston! Heading you way in November to play the Chevalier Theatre in Medford, Mass.
December 3-4: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino
Milwaukee heading your way this December for back-to-back nights!
January 15: BB King's Blues Club and Grill
NYC we'll be in Manhattan for a Thursday night show!