On Music Row: Tween TV fave goes country

Also: Songwriter Melamed releases first album, Carrie Underwood sets November release, and more
[From our print edition featured in Monday's City Paper]

Jennette McCurdy, the 17-year-old actress who plays on the Nickelodeon TV show iCarly, has signed with Capitol Records Nashville. She has two songs available on iTunes: "So Close" and "Homeless Heart."

In a blog on her Web site, she tells fans, "I am in the Capitol Family along with such unbelievable greats as Keith Urban, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town and Trace Adkins – to name a few. These are artists I bow down to!...I am honored, ecstatic, elated and overwhelmed with joy!

"Capitol's expertise in country music will allow me the opportunity to give you guys the best I have to give in songwriting, singing and performing."

The teen has guested on numerous other shows, including Will and Grace, Judging Amy, Malcom In The Middle, Law & Order: SVU, Medium and CSI. She also appeared in Faith Hill's video for "The Way You Love Me."

BMI moving ‘Big Apple' jobs here

BMI will move about 30 jobs from its New York office to Music Row starting this fall and continuing for the following six to eight months.

Robbin Ahrold, a NY-based spokesman for BMI, explained that a majority of the organization's administrative jobs were already in Nashville and that having them all located in the same office should increase efficiency. Remaining in New York will be a few executives, as well as staffers who deal in TV licensing, international licensing and legal matters.

Only a few employees who currently hold the mostly administrative functions will be given the option to relocate. Hiring to fill the positions could start as soon as late summer.

Ahrold said the effect on the Nashville operations would be "modest."

The move was precipitated by a relocation of the New York office from Midtown to the 7 World Trade Center office tower. BMI had been in the Midtown location for more than 20 years, but its lease ended, and it will move in about a year.

Vince finally gets to do ‘em his way

On June 25, hit songwriter Vince Melamed celebrated the release of his debut solo album with music industry friends, aided by Adroit Records, which hosted the party at the Green Hills home of Melamed and his wife, Meredith.

Melamed has written or co-written many hits, including Trisha Yearwood's "Walkaway Joe," Ty Herndon's "What Mattered Most," Phil Vassar's "I'll Take That As a Yes," and Boy Howdy's "She'd Give Anything."

These hits plus six other songs appear on Melamed's album What Matters Most, which was produced by Adroit's President Jim Tract.

Carrie's next thrill comes after Halloween

Four-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood has set a Nov. 3 release date for her yet-to-be-titled third album. To be released on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville, the upcoming album will continue her collaboration with producer Mark Bright, who helmed 2007's hit-filled Carnival Ride, as well as seven tracks from her blockbuster debut, Some Hearts.

Those first two records have sold more than 10 million units, and earlier this year, Underwood became the first country artist in history to achieve 10 #1 singles from her first two albums.

The reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year and three-time, reigning ACM and CMA Female Vocalist is in the process of recording her new project, with the first single expected to arrive at radio late this summer.

Underwood's collection of chart-toppers began with the instant success of her post-American Idol single, "Inside Your Heaven," which debuted atop Billboard's Hot 100 chart in the summer of 2005.

A trashy ball for a good cause

Women Rock For The Cure (WRFTC) will sponsor the first Pink Trash Ball on July 25 at Mad Donna's Restaurant, 1313 Woodland St. in East Nashville. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which helps support breast cancer grants, meritorious awards and community outreach programs.

The Pink Trash Ball will feature classic 1980s DJ-spun music and a hot pink theme, complete with pink carpet arrival and signature pink cocktails. The best King and Queen in trashy pink attire will also be chosen. There is no cover charge but a $10 donation is suggested. Visit www.womenrockforthecure.org or www.twitter.com/wrftc.

WRFTC was founded in 2007 by four friends with ties to the music industry: Jensen Sussman, Liz Lee Schullo, Rebekah Lee Beard and Tara Austin, who met through the Society of Leaders in Development (SOLID), an organization for young music business professionals. Since then, WRFTC has worked to support the Greater Nashville affiliate of Susan G. Komen For The Cure, raising money and increasing breast cancer awareness locally.

Mayor brings back free downtown concerts

Mayor Karl Dean and Lightning 100 owner Lester Turner, Jr. last week announced "Live On the Green," a free, environmentally-friendly concert series to take place over six consecutive Thursday nights on the Public Square in front of the Metro Courthouse this fall. Live On the Green starts Thursday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m.

The first show is slated for Sept. 3. The concert series will feature local artists as well as national acts with roots in Music City and will highlight environmentally friendly practices.

Radio station Lightning 100 is recruiting artists for Live On the Green to appeal to a large cross-section of Nashville's music fans. Artists booked to date include Citizen Cope, Here Come the Mummies, Space Capone and Ricky Young.

The mayor has made growing live music in Nashville a goal of the Music Business Council, which was formed earlier this year. Live On the Green is sponsored by MGD 64 and The City Paper.

Lightning 100's Team Green will be responsible for incorporating sustainable practices into Live On the Green, including recycling, reusing materials, reducing energy use and offering local healthy food vendors.

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