NASHVILLE, Tenn. - She's well known in the business for kick-starting and supporting the careers of many country music superstars, but now, Anastasia Brown has had a much bigger plan in motion.
To Celebrate Tennessee, we found out that this time for Brown, it’s personal.
Brown has been a woman to be reckoned with. She’s a world-renowned music supervisor. She has worked with the film world searching for just the right music for projects like "The Shack."
She also served as a judge on Nashville Star, although her talent connections were already strong, working closely with everyone from Peter Frampton to Keith Urban.
However, right now, her razor sharp focus has moved to a new building in West Nashville.
“I was just about to chase my next movie, and I kind of thought to myself alright, well, I want to do NRhythm right,” Brown said.
NRhythm was born from the need of a mother to help her child.
“For about six years, I was a very worried mother… for my son who was really struggling with addiction,” Brown said. “And it got to a point where I had to stop enabling, and I had to let him go and give him to God.”
“It is the scariest, most helpless place to be as a parent when your child is ruining his or her life,” Brown continued.
And rock bottom often meant time spent in questionable halfway houses.
“And some of the places where my son was were so depressing. I mean, the first place had cockroaches. Everything he had was stolen,” Brown said. “And I left every time I visited him crying, going ‘How's my son going to get better?’ I wouldn't want to get better in that environment. I would just want to check out.”
So Brown and her husband founded NRhythm, a sober living facility.
“There's no bolts, there's no keys, there's no... it's not a prison cell, you know? It’s a gorgeous environment, but we have structure,” Brown said. “You get to keep your phone, but you have to clean this place yourself. You have to cook yourself. You have to go to 30 meetings, AA meetings, first month.”
And there are mentoring sessions because you have to get a job.
Brown has encouraged families to believe that there’s always hope and has pointed to her son’s turnaround as proof.
“Fast forward three years, he is now running our marketing for NRhythm,” Brown said. “He came up with the name actually. We were talking about his experience with our consultants, and he said, ‘You know, it's so nice. I haven't been in rhythm for so long. It’s really nice to be back in rhythm with myself.’ I was like, well, there's our name!”
Every person residing at NRhythm will also be responsible for following the advice of a mentor because everyone is expected to hold down the job they find.
For more information, visit NRhythm online.