S02, E4: Shaina Botwin

S02, E4: Shaina Botwin

Today’s guest is the Creative Coordinator in Publishing at Creative Nation, Shaina Botwin. Shaina above all is a true fan of music. She found her dream role in the industry by way of connecting with other music fans and researching songs and the people behind them. We touch on everything from why she pursued publishing, her thoughts on company culture, especially that of Creative Nation. She shares what she’s learned working for Luke & Beth Laird, and building careers for their artists like Kassi Ashton. This is a great episode for those who want more advice on networking, finding out what element of the industry aligns with their passions, and ways to continue to grow in their role. Last year we hosted a live episode recording at The Tracking Room with Surviving the Music Industry podcast that features Luke & Beth Laird and Barry Dean. If you want to hear more from the Creative Nation Team you can find that episode called Relationship Goals.Visit their website creativenation.com to discover their roster of clients and more.

S02, E3 - Bryant Urich & Josh Cross

S02, E3 - Bryant Urich & Josh Cross

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This episode features Bryant Urich and Josh Cross. We talk about Bryan'ts background in documentary films, music and why he started a company (TrustAccelerator) that creates content mostly podcasts, for businesses who want to elevate their voice. We also talk about career strategy, our favorite Netflix shows, podcasts all in a 20 min recording in the Netflix Studio at PodX.

S02, E2 - Eddie Island

S02, E2 - Eddie Island

Eddie Island claimed a spot in the Top 14 on American Idol this past season and his debut album is officially the fastest post-idol Album release ever. He won over Katy Perry from the beginning with a performance of his original “Stay Okay” which is also listed on the new album. Eddie also got the chance to perform '7 Years' with Lukas Graham on the show too. Eddie’s style, personality and music exhibits his many influences which sets him a part from the rest.  Follow @nashvillemayor on socials and visit eddieisland.com to find out where to stream Industry Standard and see Eddie play LIVE near you.

S02, E1 - Ivory Layne

S02, E1 - Ivory Layne

Ivory grew up performing and teaching herself songwriting and production. Her music caught the attention of Grammy award-winning producer, Ed Cash and she moved to Nashville from North Carolina. And she went on to sign a record deal with Justin Timberlake’s label Villa 40 and has collaborated with writers like Chris DeStefano, Jimmy Robbins, Lori McKenna, Shane McAnally and others. She’s received 2 major ad placements with her song “Something’s Gonna Happen.” One for Swarovski crystals and the other White House Black Market.

Her music is a blend of orchestral and pop synth sounds taking like to her influences Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Coldplay, and Imogen Heap. She traveled to London last year to record new music with the help of producer Liam Howe (Lana Del Ray, Ellie Goulding are among the names he’s produced). Her personality and aesthetic is much like your favorite character in a classic Hollywood film – and she shares more about how she has taken her style to still be relevant and true to her in 2019. Ivory’s latest releases include Boy Loves Me, Heaven and Me of which we talk more about in this episode.

S01, E11 - Rachel Knight-Zola

S01, E11 - Rachel Knight-Zola

Our Director of Community Engagement Rachel Knight Zola offers advice for balancing your personal life and career in the entertainment industry, tips to making your resume stand out, and ways to manage mental health. She shares her personal journey becoming an entrepreneur in recruiting, life coaching, and helping people become the best in their area of expertise.

Rachel hosts our monthly mixers and assists with any other events in the organization that bring our community together. She is a native of Louisville, KY and a graduate of Belmont University's Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business. During and immediately after college, Rachel worked in entertainment PR and IT startups. She is currently COO of Turnipblood Entertainment and Founder and President of The Knight Agency, Inc., a talent development and placement agency in Nashville.




S01, E10: Ben Danaher

S01, E10: Ben Danaher

Ben Danaher has spent time curating his songwriting craft from the likes of Country, Blues and

Americana influences such as Merle Haggard, Ray Charles and Darrell Scott. Ben Danaher is a

Texas native and comes from a musical family, specifically his father who spent time touring as

a singer/songwriter and greatly impacted Ben’s decision to pursue that same career for himself.

Ben has participated in YEP’s writer’s round and got connected with the YEP community

through one of our co-founders, Andrew Cohen. This episode we talk a great deal about mental

health and the industry, a topic we featured at a past YEP Life of An Entertainer Event. Ben

shares his own experience and perspective on defining success and how other creatives can be

mindful of the comparison game.

For news on his upcoming tour dates and new music visit bendanaher.com.