Contact Us

Below are listed the staff members of the Music News group. NOTE – Please do NOT “mass contact” us with your inquiries. You can email Dan and he will make sure the appropriate staff member is contacted with your inquiry.

Administration:

Dan Harr – Publisher / Owner / Photographer / Writer

Dan started Music News Nashville in 2005 as a means to communicate his performance schedule and those of his friends.  As the newsletter grew, Dan converted it into a full-blown website with information on the Music Industry in and out of Nashville.  Along with being the Publisher and Owner of MNN, Dan is an accomplished guitarist and singer/songwriter, having performed with some A-list musicians and artists over the years.  But his creativity doesn’t stop there.  Dan is also a professional photographer, covering concerts and events not only for MNN but for a national wire service, having publishing credits in major U.S. and International magazines and newspapers.

To email Dan, CLICK HERE. To see Dan’s photography, visit his photo website at Atlanta Hot Shots. Also, please feel free to “Friend” Dan on Facebook.

Jaimie Ward – Editor

Calling the Detroit, MI area home, you have to enjoy music. Jaimie grew up playing several instruments in bands up through her freshman year of college. Giving up the instruments for the writer’s pen, she set her major to Journalism with a minor in photography. Still not feeling complete, she changed her course again to something more creatively challenging and earned her degree in Graphic Design and Web Design and started her own business, JW Digital Studios. Utilizing her skills in graphic & web design and photography, she is able to supply complete marketing solutions for every kind of client, but focusing mainly on the music industry, where her original love began. As a voting member of the Detroit Music Foundation, Jaimie currently manages several clients within Michigan and Nashville as well as helping to maintain Music News Nashville.

Visit Jaimie’s website at www.jwdigitalstudios.com

Kyra Hellam – Editor

Since Garth Brooks stepped on the stage in 1989, Kyra knew that country music is where her heart is. Having grown up in a family where everyone played music, it was mainly the piano and guitar that were her regular “escape” from the stressors of daily life. Luckily, being located “across the pond” from Detroit, Michigan, the exposure to loads of extremely local talented country music entertainers is seemingly endless. Always laughing about “using her mortgage career to support her country music habit”, she’s focused on networking, connecting the right people within the music business, and helping local artists expand their fan bases and get their name out there through virtual marketing. Her combined English and Journalism degree has found its usefulness in writing artists’ bio’s, doing reviews, and press releases, as well as ghost writing lyrics for a few local artists. Most recently, Kyra was hired by Country 959 FM for “promotions and events” in Southeastern Michigan, a position tailor-made for her! Who knows, her next gig could be as a merchandise gal for an artist on tour. “That would be the perfect job” she says.” “I know how much I STILL love getting that CD or t-shirt and having it signed by an artist after the show!” Keep an eye out, who knows…

Contributors:

Chuck Dauphin – Articles / Reviews / Interviews

Chuck Dauphin has been writing for MNN since 2006, and recently celebrated two decades in the business. Since 1991, he has been involved in the music business as a radio personality and a journalist. He began his radio career at WDKN in Dickson, TN, and also has done work for WNKX / Centerville, WFGZ / Dickson, as well as the Interstate Radio Network—-which included WSM-AM / Nashville and WWVA / Wheeling as affiliates. As a writer, his work has appeared in such publications as NEW MUSIC WEEKLY, Roughstock.com, Music City News, Limewire Music Blog, and All About Country. He also has contributed at such newspapers as THE DICKSON HERALD (TN) and THE NEWS COURER (GA). Among his career highlights are broadcasting on WSM-AM from 1999-2000, interviewing such artists as George Jones, Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Dunn, and Loretta Lynn, and being named MUSIC DIRECTOR of the year by NEW MUSIC WEEKLY magazine in 2003.

Visit his website at www.ChuckDauphin.com. You can also reach Chuck on FaceBook

Janet Goodman – Reviews

Songwriter and journalist Janet Goodman has been happily immersed in the country music scene since the late 90′s. As a regular contributor to MNN and The 9513, she has reviewed hundreds of recordings and has interviewed industry movers and shakers, such as Simon Cowell, Bob DiPiero, Raul Malo, Lori McKenna and Eddie Montgomery.

You can follow Janet on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and ReverbNation:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=518534307
www.myspace.com/janetgoodmanmusic
http://twitter.com/#!/WoofTwang
http://www.reverbnation.com/#!/janetbookgoodman

Rocket – Concert Reviews

Rocker chick and all-around head basher Rocket covers concerts in Atlanta and tells it like it is. She’s not afraid to trash a band when they suck, but definitely likes to give them kudos when they impress her with their talents. Born and raised in Chicago to a former Radio City Music Hall Rockette and one of the organizers of the original Woodstock music festival, Rocket has the musical industry genes running through her blood to give her the right credentials to back up what she has to say about bands in concert.

Jamie Hernandez – Concert Reviews / Photos

Jamie Hernandez, a transplant from New York City, is the owner of Petite Rouge Productions located in the greater Nashville area in Tennessee. She has a background in fine arts and graphic design. She has a degree in Photography from Nössi College of Art and studied at IADT for graphic design. She’s an avid music lover, but loves the independent scene more. Her love for discovering new bands and other musicians is what led her to concert photography, and photography as a whole.

You can find Jamie on Facebook and on her webpage

Dave Isaacs – Articles

Nashville-based Dave Isaacs is a dynamic performer with an electric presence and a craftsman’s touch….a master musician and world-class guitarist of exceptional versatility, taste, and soul. He has released six independent CDs and played countless gigs across the country, from dive bars to festival stages and concert halls. Dave has built a reputation one of Nashville’s top guitar teachers and maintains a busy private studio on Music Row, helping songwriters and aspiring artists develop and hone their musical skills and artistic identity. He is a regular member of the workshop faculty for the Nashville Songwriters Association’s annual Songposium conference and is an active mentor in NSAI’s Pros On The Road program. In the formal academic realm, Dave holds faculty positions at Tennessee State University and the Art Institute of Tennessee – Nashville. He is a regular contributor to the Nashville Muse, Songwriters E-Tip, and Dream Row online magazines, and the founder and artistic director of TSU’s annual Guitar Summit.

Visit Dave’s website at www.daveisaacs.com

Michael Rampa – Articles/Reviews

Founder of High Octane Music Media, Michael is a regular contributor to a variety of music publications across all genres. His interviews have included some of the industry’s highest profile artists, including Martina McBride, American Idol winner Bucky Covington and blues phenom Joe Bonamassa. Based in Pittsburgh, his diverse media background dates back to college in his editorial capacity at the national award winning college daily The Pitt News. As a DJ at WPTS, he boldly played both contemporary and alt country music on a college station favoring the typical indie/alternative/punk format. He covers many of the area’s high profile country shows for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

You can find Michael on Facebook or his website

Rick Moore – Articles / Reviews / Interviews

Rick Moore is a music business veteran, with a background as a musician in Las Vegas, as the manager of a Midwestern heavy-metal band, as an engineer for recordings of live jazz shows and more. He spent a decade on the air as a Las Vegas radio personality, and has written more than 1,000 newspaper and magazine articles, most about music, for publications in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Nashville and numerous other cities, as well as many articles for the Internet. He is also the author of a successful e-novel, Bringing In the Sheep. He currently resides in Nashville, where he contributes to American Songwriter magazine and other publications and teaches guitar, in addition to writing promotional materials for various music acts.

You can message Rick on Facebook.

Cliff Goldmacher – Articles

Cliff Goldmacher is a songwriter, producer, session musician, engineer, author and owner of recording studios in Nashville, TN and Sonoma, CA. Cliff’s site, http://www.EducatedSongwriter.com, is full of resources for the aspiring songwriter and his company, http://www.NashvilleStudioLive.com, provides songwriters outside of Nashville with virtual access to Nashville’s best session musicians and singers for their songwriting demos. You can download a FREE sample of Cliff’s eBook “The Songwriter’s Guide To Recording Professional Demos” by going to www.EducatedSongwriter.com/ebook.

To contact Cliff, visit his website at www.EducatedSongwriter.com

Jessica Pradarits – Concert Reviews

Jessica came to Music News Nashville by accident through a mutual friend with Dan. Since then, she’s become a fixture on the concert scene in Atlanta as a writer and reviewer. Jessica’s style is unique and fresh, and she enjoys finding the right words for each concert or event to describe them in the best way possible. Jessica is a student at Kennesaw State University, studying business.

To contact Jessica, visit her on FaceBook

Kelly Ann Monahan – Writer / Reviewer

Kelly Ann Monahan is a friendly, familiar voice in the Nashville area. You may have heard her reporting for various radio stations or television, or seen one of the many music articles that she has written. Hopefully you have heard her sing. Kelly Ann came to MNN as it was first getting off the ground and was one of its initial contributors.

Visit Kelly Ann’s website at www.kellyannmonahan.com

Norris Carden – Photographer

Norris started shooting concerts in 1985 for The Christian Newspaper in Knoxville, TN. He has captured numerous concerts from coffee shops to outdoor festivals and large arenas. Carden’s biggest passion in music photography is to combine his portrait artist’s eye and photojournalism experience to create compelling behind the scenes images of artists to their fans. Carden has also been a photojournalist for WATE-TV in Knoxville, video production specialist for National Guard Bureau and a photojournalist, newscast producer and news operations manager for KTBS-TV in Shreveport, LA with credits on ABC World News Tonight, CNN, BET and ESPN as well as many local stations throughout the South.

Visit Norris’ website at www.cardenphotography.com. You can also find Norris on Facebook

Kim Copeland – Articles

Kim Copeland has long been recognized as one of Nashville’s top independent producers. Her production skills have helped many of her clients attain publishing and record deals and her reputation as a top-flight song troubleshooter has made her one of the most sought-after speakers, consultants and songwriting and production instructors in the country for organizations including TAXI, The Songwriters Connection and the Nashville Songwriters Association International. Perhaps the best indication of the respect in which she’s held in the industry is her inclusion in The Art & Science of Sound, the acclaimed video series on music production and recording put together by world-renowned producer/artist Alan Parsons and featuring legends like Michael McDonald and producer Tony Brown.

Visit Kim’s website at www.kimcopelandproductions.com. You can also reach Kim by mail at 1216 17th Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212, and by phone: 615.293.9545

Susan Tucker – Articles

Visit Susan’s website at www.songwritersconnection.com

Vickie Vaughan – Photographer

Visit Vickie’s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/bcdelta3