The event will take place at The Trap, a new venue located at 201 Woodland Street (across from the Coliseum). Tickets to the showcase, sponsored by BMI and the Rage, can be purchased for $10 in advance at the Recording Academy office and will be sold at the door on a first come, first serve basis. For Recording Academy members, the ticket price also includes a pre-show VIP reception and reserved seating. General admission seating will begin at 6:45 p.m. for the 7:00 pm showcase.
The finalists chosen to perform represent a variety of music genres. Marcus Cole, an urban gospel artist, has previously produced, arranged and written for projects such as W.O.W. 2000 & 2001, and Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, and appeared on BET's "Bobby Jones Gospel." Alana Grace, a 14-year-old actress, dancer, singer, and songwriter, has won numerous regional and national awards, and has written with many noted songwriters, including Keith Thomas and Blue Miller. Sony Holland, a jazz vocalist who has previously won Music Row magazine's "DisCovery Award" and a Nashville Lifestyles magazine's "25 Most Beautiful People" selection, performs along with her husband Jerry and pianist Dennis Burnside. Ide, a four-piece modern rock band with a post-grunge style, worked with producer/engineer Mark Niemiec (India.Arie) on their current independently released album. Matt Jenkins, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Aledo, Tex., was awarded Country Male Vocalist of the year at South Plains College. Kim's Fable, a six-piece rock band with Middle Eastern and classic rock influences, recently won the Audience Pick for Best Nashville Band on CitySearch.com. Finally, Sweet-T, a group of five friends who are all sophomores in college, has a unique sound that can be attributed to the diverse musical interests of it's members, each brings an element of jazz, pop, rock, folk, and soul.
The 2nd Annual Nashville Grammy Showcase will give industry professionals and music connoisseurs a chance to glimpse the hottest new acts in a new venue. Additionally, this year the audience will have an opportunity to vote for the winner of the grand prize, a performance slot at the 2003 Grammy Block Party. The winner will also receive an artist development package, which includes time and services with some of Nashville's top industry professionals, including a photo session, hair and makeup, a professionally written bio and liner notes, image consulting, legal advice, tax planning, album art direction, vocal coaching, studio time with a producer, engineer, musicians, and more.
Established in 1957, the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, Inc. (NARAS), also known as the Recording Academy, is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. An organization of 18,000 musicians, producers and other recording professionals, the Recording Academy is internationally known for the Grammy Awards, and is responsible for numerous groundbreaking outreach, professional development, cultural enrichment, education and human services programs.