Graduates from the Department of Recording Industry have become leaders in many facets of the music industry, from running record and publishing companies to producing superstar artists and writing hit songs.
Our graduates include Gary Overton, chairman of Sony Music Nashville, and Brian Wright, senior vice president of A&R of Universal Music Group Nashville, as well as the Grand Ole Opry's Pete Fisher, BMI Songwriter of the Year Luke Laird, Capitol artist Eric Paslay, and noted songwriter Erin Enderlin ("Monday Morning Church" and "Last Call").
Kent Earls is executive vice president/general manager of Universal Music Publishing Group, and his wife Martha Earls was a successful music publisher before becoming an artist manager.
Alum Michael Knox is an award-winning producer who works with artists including Jason Aldean, Trace Adkins and Montgomery Gentry. Engineer Clark Schleicher has worked with Lady Antebellum since he band's 2008 debut album, and songwriter/producer/arranger James Porte has worked with Michael Jackson and had songs recorded by Luther Vandross and other artists. Alison Auerbach's publicity firm represents clients including Vince Gill and the Time Jumpers, while journalists Dave Paulson and Cindy Watts cover music for The Tennessean. Jessica Robertson, who has worked for MTV, Rolling Stone and AOL, is the executive editor of The FADER.
Our production graduates have worked on gold- and platinum-selling recordings and Grammy award-winning productions. The long and impressive list of artists and producers our graduates have worked with include Luther Vandross, Josh Groban, Bruce Springsteen, The Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Alan Jackson, Michael Buble, Randy Travis, Diane Warren, Donna Summer, Alison Krauss, Richard Marx, Dolly Parton, John Mayer, Yo-Yo Ma, Michael McDonald, Natalie Merchant, Cher, Paul Anka, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, and a host of others.
Our music business graduates have worked for virtually every major record and publishing company, including Interscope, Virgin, Sony, Warner Bros., UMG and others. Many others run their own entertainment-related companies.