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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: www.deltasigmatheta.org

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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