Monday, November 6th, 2017 marked the grand opening of Nashville’s 3rd studio – The Nashville East, Flagship Studio within the Boys and Girl’s Club at Cleveland Park. One of the largest studios in the country, the Flagship Studio – armed with an API: 1608 Console and our most intricate and elaborate recording structure – is undeniably something special that deserved a special week of creative and collaborative sessions to celebrate its opening in Nashville.
DAY 1: GRAND OPENING W/ LINDSAY ELL
The Cleveland Park Boys and Girls Club filled with excited supporters of N4N eager to tour the new studio and hear Lindsay Ell break the stage in with her amazing live performance and recording. After the ceremony in which our awesome partners, like the CMA foundation, Lowes and Hot Topic Foundation, were acknowledged and thanked for their amazing support, youth guitarist Stephen Dashiff joined Lindsay on stage with a soulful accompaniment and solo to “Superstition” originally performed by Stevie Wonder.
Thank you Lindsay Ell for a awesome inaugural performance and live recording!
DAY 2: SONGWRITER’S WORKSHOP W/ MELODY SHEPPARD
On day two of Industry Week, we invited Melody Sheppard– Singer, Songwriter, Pop artist and passionate supporter of all things N4N – to join us in leading the youth of the Cleveland Park Club in their first creative experience in the N4N studio. With the help of her writing partner, Maria, and lots of help from the brand new N4N youth, Melody led the group in co-writing a song about how we CAN do hard things.
Youth shared lighthearted examples of things that are hard- like waking up early for school, and heavier experiences- such as living with a sick parent or losing a loved one. Thanks to Melody’s ever bright light, everyone in the room walked away with the encouragement that they can get through whatever life throws at them.
DAY 3: MUSICIAN/ PRODUCER MASTERCLASS W/ ELLIOTT BLAUFUSS
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Elliott Blaufuss joined us on day three and picked up right where he left off during his prior visit to our North Nashville studio. Joined by youth artist/singer-songwriter ZuZu and fellow guitarist Stephen, the intimate group immediately began digging into one of ZuZu’s original songs.
Elliott offered her pointers on establishing strong verse and chorus structure. They then added vocals, drums and keys that began to bring ZuZu’s vision for her track to life. N4N is so grateful for Elliott’s consistent support of our mission. We look forward to him coming back to finish the track and know that ZuZu is equally excited for his return!
DAY 4: ARTIST VISIT W/ DAVID FANNING & SONGWRITER’S NIGHT: INSTRUMENTS OF JOY
Youth artists Taylor Gayle and Landon Wall arrived to the studio on the afternoon of day four to meet and collaborate with singer, songwriter and producer David Fanning. After Taylor performed an original song of hers for all in attendance, David was moved to begin working on one of her tracks. He immediately began producing Taylor Gayle’s track “Sorry That You’re Jealous” assisting her with guitar techniques and giving her and Landon tips and wisdom gained from his journey in music. David was kind enough to delay his departure to New Orleans to get a little more work done on the song. N4N is so appreciative of David’s time and hopes this visit was the first of many!
Later that evening, N4N teamed up with Instruments of Joy for their Songwriter’s Night and Benefit Show. Landon Wall and Taylor Gayle performed sets of soul stirring original songs before Kid Politics and Dixie Jade took the stage!
DAY 5: RAP CLINIC W/ SYKSENSE & MIKE FLOSS
Industry Week went out with a bang as multi-platinum, Grammy nominated producer SykSense and rapper Mike Floss joined us on day 5 to lead the Rap Clinic. Both Nashville natives- they resonated effortlessly with the aspiring rappers and producers in attendance. The clinic began with each youth in attendance playing their best track to receive feedback and constructive criticism. This led to conversation about how to remain honest, yet reach the largest crowd as Mike Floss shared that many of his biggest music placements were a result of his music being authentic yet positive. After the youth shared their songs, the tables turned and Mike Floss and SykSense gave the room exclusive access to some of their unreleased music and received feedback from the youth!
The group then split up and IV, an up and coming producer, began working on a track with SykSense while Mike Floss led the writers in writing verses and a hook to a brand new track. Everyone in attendance left the clinic massively inspired and excited. SykSense and Mike Floss were so impressed by the N4N youth and both look forward to visiting each Nashville studio and finishing what they started at the Rap Clinic.
Thank you Mike Floss and SykSense for giving our boys your time, your advice and most importantly – something amazing to aspire to.
The N4N Industry Week was five straight days of creativity and collaboration that set the tone for what we are confident will continue to come from the Nashville East studio at Cleveland Park!
A HUGE THANKS TO :
Will Flores for engineering sessions and recruiting/nurturing such gifted youth.
Cam Cassell for developing such a strong hub of youth Hip Hop artists.
Keturah Brown for being an amazing program director already.
Kristin Myers for your help planning this awesome week.
Jarrad James for all your engineering help and for all the hard work in designing and building such an incredible studio.
Ross Tyler for all your work in configuring such a complex console.
Phil Gilley, our CEO and founder, for giving us this platform to do this incredibly important work.