Member Spotlight

2017 Membership Spotlight: Ellen Mundy

What is your name?
Ellen Mundy

Why did you get into the music industry?
Music was my first love, an escape for me as a kid. I grew up singing along to country music classics and in choirs. In high school, while interning for Edwin McCain, his studio manager said “this isn’t a women’s world, kid”… and I’ve been hooked ever since.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
While working at the T.J. Martell Foundation, I spearheaded fundraising campaigns with young professionals, children, and country music fans to raise over $50,000 for cancer research. F#ck cancer!

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’ve been participating in WMBA for many years and each year I look forward to meeting and bonding with the ladies.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Tim McGraw’s Not a Moment Too Soon

What is your favorite book?
Love Does by Bob Goff
The Bible. (1st John or Ruth)

What is your favorite movie?
How To Be Single

What song is always stuck in your head?
Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feelin’”

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Havana, Cuba

What’s something surprising about you?
I used to weigh more than some professional football players.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Wine, of course.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Risa Binder

             

What is your name?
Risa Binder

Why did you get into the music industry?
I started writing songs about boys I had crushes on when I was in high school. I would play them and then my parents would ask..”who is that about?” And I would say ..”No one..I made it up.”

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of touring as the opening act for Ronnie Milsap this past year and getting to perform at the Country Music Hall of Fame right after he was inducted.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’m excited to be a part of a community of women who are passionate about their careers in the music industry and I’m fascinated with how the behind the scenes works since I’m on the performance side.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself touring with my albumalong side other country music artists I love as well as continuing to uplift people by putting positive creative content out into the world.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Muppets Christmas record haha!

What is your favorite book?
The Power of Focus

What is your favorite movie?
That’s so hard, I love so many movies especially movies that make me laugh.

I love awkward comedies so anything Judd Apatow does.

What song is always stuck in your head?
Right now I’m into starting my day by centering myself with a prayer so Lauren Daigle’s song “First” has been going around and around in my head.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Chocolate.
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
On a stage with my band performing. The most incredible feeling is putting on a super fun show for an audience and making people happy through music!

What’s something surprising about you?
I’m really great at knowing where the best dessert and coffee shops are while traveling ..my two favorite things to do are sing and eat dessert!

2016 Membership Spotlight: Rachael Gerringer

                            

 

What is your name?
Rachael Gerringer

Why did you get into the music industry?
Music is my passion. While I have bounced back and forth as a graphic designer with book and magazine publishing, music is my number one passion and it’s where I will always come back to or keep one foot into because I literally cannot live without music.

I read a quote recently that said, “The work you do when you are procrastinating is the work you should be doing the rest of your life.”

That is music related graphic design for me. It is what I have to be doing at all times.. even when I am in and out of the industry, I am still at some capacity doing it always!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Tooting my own professional horn is something that makes me squirm, haha so instead can I say the fun or SILLY ones?!……

Liiiiiiike winning the Live Nation employee Halloween Costume Contest for my (work-appropriate) version of Katy Perry’s Peppermint tour dress that I crafted myself?? Katy is my favorite and so is Halloweeeeeeen!

…. but I briefly lived in NYC for few very narrow years, and it means so much to me because I had always dreamt of living there. I didn’t know a single soul in the city and got off a plane with only 2 suitcases and built a life there alone. And I guess, “If I can make there, I’ll make it anywhere..” or something like that? Since I grew up in a teeny “cows & cornfields” town (where people rarely if ever leave), it felt like an accomplishment to me at least? So though I am back HOME in Tennessee, NYC will always have my heart!

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I think WMBA is a wonderful tool for us to pool all of our resources. It is here so that we can help each other out when we need it, and to look out for each other. I think for me personally to it’s the best tool to network!!

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years I will be married (I got engaged, 2 weeks ago, yay!) And ruling the world with all of you wonderful women here in Nashville within the music industry!

What was the first album you ever purchased?
I remember a few of my first album purchases vividly:

Green Day – Dookie
Dave Matthews Band – Crash
Usher – My Way
Backstreet Boys – self entitled
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Incubus – Drive
Third Eye Blind – Blue

And I am not ashamed of any of those!

What is your favorite book?
That is a toughie… But I do remember reading Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas when I was very young and being on my bed laughing out loud late at night trying not to wake anyone up! Nothing like the weirdness and ‘gonzo’ journalism of Hunter S. Thompson.

What is your favorite movie?
Hands down, it is “Almost Famous”. If you LOVE music and haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it ASAP!!

What song is always stuck in your head?
Semi-Charmed Kind of Life – Third Eye Blind

… or more than likely actually, something from the RENT or Wicked soundtracks. I am mostly a classic rock girl, but Broadway has its place in my heart, too.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Strawberry Yogurt, Sauvignon Blanc and The Laughing Cow low-cal Swiss Cheese wedges, haha OMG, yum!

I once read that Prince had the Dunkaroos snacks in his fridge at all times back when those things were around, ha!… what guy.
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
That’s a no brainer. I have two. The Bow Bridge in Central Park AND the Motherchurch, aka the Ryman Auditorium.

What’s something surprising about you?
This is not actually not surprising or shocking to anyone if you have known me more than 5 minutes, but I am the very proud mother of the cutest dog in the world, Rigby! Yes, his name is a Beatles reference. He’s my little muffin maltipoo furball and I love him very much. You can even follow him on instagram! @rigbycity. (Yep..I am that crazy about him!)

2016 Membership Spotlight: Coti Howell

                             

What is your name?
Coti Howell

Why did you get into the music industry?
I’m a product of the music business and have been going to concerts since I was in the womb. I shadowed my dad growing up and knew music was something I deeply connected with.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I still think back on my first ever “big” assignment and I can’t believe how well I tackled it. I wrote a four-page spread in a national magazine as my very first assignment as a freelancer.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Anything I can! I’ve learned so much already. I’m like a sponge when it comes to this business — I want to learn anything I can.

I’m most excited about networking with other talented women.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I’d like to be even more submerged in music journalism. I want to be where I am now but doing so much more of it — more opportunities, more artist interviews, more event coverage! Although I’m very happy where I’m at, I’m also incredibly eager to be doing more of it.

I also wouldn’t mind having even more social media expertise and using that to teach others while making money.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Tonic’s Lemon Parade

What is your favorite book?
Heavier Than Heaven (Kurt Cobain biography)

What is your favorite movie?
Garden State!

What song is always stuck in your head?
This changes every day but right now I can’t stop listening to the new one from Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion,” and “Closer” by the Chainsmokers.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
WINE!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Bangkok, Thailand! I also have a soft spot for Venice.

What’s something surprising about you?
I fell so in love with Bangkok on a father-daughter trip that I moved there a few months later. I sold all my belongings, packed my bags and left the country knowing no one, not having a job and not sure what I’d be doing when I got there. It was terrifying and amazing at the same time.

Ultimately, It was the best decision I have ever made.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Makenzie Williams

                       

What is your name?
Makenzie Williams

Why did you get into the music industry?
My love for songs, which turned into a love for songwriters. It just seemed like a perfect fit for me to be working in music publishing.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I would have to say graduating college (twice) with three degrees. I was the first person in my family to attend college so this is pretty monumental for me.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Networking!! WMBA is special because it helps us to connect closer to women in the industry and you can’t find that anywhere else.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, still in music publishing since that is where my heart is. I would really like to say that in the next five years I will be working in more of a creative role where I would get to work closer to songwriters.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
TLC – Crazy Sexy Cool

What is your favorite book?
First thing that came to mind was Jay-Z’s “Decoded”, but the list is long.

What is your favorite movie?
The Departed (I grew up in Boston, I can’t help it)

What song is always stuck in your head?
Currently, the entire Hamilton Cast Album. All 50 songs are on a constant loop in my head.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Chocolate!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
Martha’s Vineyard. I spent every summer there as a kid, and I take every chance I get to go back.

What’s something surprising about you?
I’ve had a crazy fascination with the Kennedy family since I was about 8 years old. If you ever want to talk to someone about Kennedy conspiracy theories, come find me :)

2016 Membership Spotlight: Jana Horvath

             

What is your name?
Jana (Yana) Horvath

Why did you get into the music industry?
I have always loved music I think like most people, but I didn’t find the music industry it found me haha. I had decided to move to East Nashville after college, and knew some friends that lived and worked in Nashville. I emailed my resume to a friend that worked at Flood, Bumstead, McCready, and McCarthy, and accepted a job working on Julie Boos’ team in October 2014. This October I’ll be celebrating 2 years at Flood and as an East Nashvillian!

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Buying my first home when I was 20.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
Albert Einstein has one of my favorite quotes “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know”.

There are so many different facets of the industry, and I am excited to learn about the areas I am not exposed to a lot.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I am going back to Belmont for my Master’s in Accounting (with an emphasis in Music Business) in the Fall of 2017. I plan to sit for the C.P.A. after I complete that program.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Cher – Believe

What is your favorite book?
Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
All the Harry Potter Books

What is your favorite movie?
Moulin Rouge

What song is always stuck in your head?
Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?
Cheese, Olives, and Wine!
 
Where is your favorite place in the world?
I couldn’t just pick one but my top (3) are my Parent’s farm in Fayetteville, TN, my Grandparent’s farm in Hoogstraten, Belgium, and the steps of the La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre in Paris.

What’s something surprising about you?
My mother isn’t an American citizen so my brother and I have dual citizenship in the USA and Belgium.

I also just recently started taking Dobro lessons!

2016 Membership Spotlight: Marissa Bond

What is your name?
Marissa Bond

Why did you get into the music industry?
I have been around music all my life. My dad always had a band around the house growing up while working his day job at UPS. I have played out as a singer-songwriter from the age of 15 – 26, had a three piece band at one point and have worked in many different music businesses. In Knoxville, I started as a cashier at a local music store at the age of 19. I learned pretty quickly that being a talented musician will only get you so far and those that succeed have a team helping to make it happen. I knew the best path for me was to get a business degree and work on a team to make a difference in the music industry.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I worked full time while attending college full time. I was able to pay for all of my school and living expenses so when I graduated I did not have any debt over my head.
I loved teaching guitar and having my students write their own music.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’m looking to meet other people in the music industry and develop long lasting relationships.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself still working at FBMM.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
Whitney Houston cassette she released in 1985.

What is your favorite book?
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay

What is your favorite movie?
My favorite movie growing up was Amadeus.

What song is always stuck in your head?
Living In The Moment – Jason Mraz

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

Chocolate.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
I love being home with my family. I also love looking out at the ocean or lake.

What’s something surprising about you?
On my mother’s side of the family, I’m related to John Adams.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Meredith Bunch

What is your name?
Meredith Bunch

Why did you get into the music industry?
I decided to get into the music industry because I love music. I started visiting Nashville when I was really young and always knew this was the place for me to be in the music industry.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Moving to Nashville and starting a life here. It was one thing to move here, but its so great to see that I can have the career I want, own a house, and surround myself with great people.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I’m looking to learn more about the music industry. With our monthly speakers and other members, there’s so much valuable information that I would love to absorb.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I’d like to be further into the management side of the industry.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
George Strait’s box set- funny considering where I work now

What is your favorite movie?
I’m really not a movie person. By the time I get half way through, I find myself doing something else.

What song is always stuck in your head?
Usually the last one I heard on the radio.

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

Pickles! My top shelf is reserved for different types of pickles.

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Texas! Guess I’m a little partial since I’m from there.

What’s something surprising about you?
In college, I worked on the set of Friday Night Lights, the tv show. It was an absolute blast!

2016 Membership Spotlight: Lauren Perry

        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is your name?
Lauren Perry

Why did you get into the music industry?
I had a discussion with my Dad while in high school about what I should pursue after. He encouraged me to look at my interests and talents and go from there. My love for music coupled with my leadership skills pointed me towards Ferris State University, the only school in Michigan offering a Music Industry Management degree. From there, the rest is history! I definitely made the right choice.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being a co-creator of Turn Up The Good, a now annual concert at Ferris State University.8 friends and I presented the proposal at Ferris State’s Finance Division and Student Government meetings. We were allocated a $40,000 budget & assisted in every aspect of production from concept to clean up. We had over 1600 in attendance and the concert is now in it’s 4th year! Always nice to leave something behind.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I am looking to learn more about the other members of WMBA and how we can help each other to reach our goals as we all strive to succeed in this industry.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In 5 years I see myself in some sort of leadership role within the music industry. FA SHO.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
1st Cassette Tape: Hanson- MMMBOP!
1st CD: Barbie’s “Beyond Pink” ft. Barbie, Christie and Theresa

What is your favorite book?
HARRY POTTER (x7)

What is your favorite movie?
THAT THING YOU DO

What song is always stuck in your head?
New Romantics- Taylor Swift (it’s my ringer on my office phone)

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

VUKA NATURAL ENERGY DRINKS -try the Pomegranate Lychee

Where is your favorite place in the world?
…In my Fiance’s arms!
Too mushy?
Chattanooga.

What’s something surprising about you?
When I was in 5th grade I literally had a spare rib grow up into my shoulder area that I had to have removed! I have a nifty scar, the rib they took out was 3 inches. Super weird.

2016 Membership Spotlight: Stacy Scism

       

What is your name?
Stacy Scism

Why did you get into the music industry?
I started at MTSU with an undeclared major, and then learned about the Recording Industry program. I didn’t even realize that was ‘thing’ to major in before attending MTSU. I had a scholarship for oboe and from there decided to major in Music with an emphasis in Industry. I had always loved band and music and it just was a great fit.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I worked for Altissimo Recordings, a label that distributed music by the U.S. military bands, I created an iTunes playlist that reached #1 on the Top Classical Albums Chart.

What are you looking to learn from WMBA?
I have made such great connections and friends as a member of WMBA. I love being part of this organization that is so supportive of each other. I hope to continue to build those relationships. I’ve learned so much from our speakers throughout the years. It is always great to hear another person’s perspective of working in the music business.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
I absolutely love my current company and hope to still be there in 5 years. My husband and I have no intentions to leave Nashville – so I hope we’re still here building our family and careers.

What was the first album you ever purchased?
I’m pretty sure the first CD I bought was Kris Kross. No joke. But “Jump” was really big that year!

What is your favorite book?
The Help

What is your favorite movie?
A favorite movie is too hard – can I pick a favorite show? “The Office”

What song is always stuck in your head?
Usually just whatever I last heard on the radio before getting out of the car

What’s one item we could always find in your fridge?

Cheese and Coke

Where is your favorite place in the world?
Home – no matter where you travel it always great to be home

What’s something surprising about you?
We’re expecting our first baby in November and can not wait :)