Grammys Prove Music City Is More Than Just Country
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City has center stage with the Grammy Nomination Concert and many people say it's the chance to show we are more than country music.
There's no doubt that the Honky-Tonk of lower broad is the bread and butter of music city's tourism, but that could change after tonight as the Grammy Nomination Concert goes live from Bridgestone Arena.
"Certainly it's always felt like country music, but it really isn't," said Kia Jarmon with MEPR Agency. "We're so diverse. We have everything from R&B to Pop to Hip-Hop to Christian and Gospel." Jarmon; who is also the owner of MEPR Agency, has seen and worked with talented artists of all genres.
She says the lines forming outside Bridgestone Arena eight hours before the event shows that folks desire more than just country. "I think that's going to be so important for us to show that we really could (host) the Grammy's here one day, which I know is a hope and desire for Nashville," said Jarmon.
Take the mother church of country music, the Ryman Auditorium. It's the musical venue for more than just country artists. You have John Legend, India Arie, Jonny Lang and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin."
"There are these amazing voices in music city," said Christina Sheer. "There are amazing musicians in music city; just like Jimi Hendrix, who use to play in Printers Alley." Sheer says the talent beyond the scope of country music living right here in Music City is so great-- that her company, Soul Music Lives, is creating an outlet to showcase to the world. "What we've done is partner with two-time Grammy, two time Emmy award winning song writer/producer Shannon Sanders to produce a seven song EP featuring the premier artists here in Music City."
And what better way for the world to look at Music City for all genres of music than a Grammy event live.
"There's more than just country music here. There's more than just rock here. We truly believe soul music lives here in music city, we just need to tell the world about it," said Sheer.