NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 17, 2013 - Producer and publisher Mark Bright will sit for an interview at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum on Saturday, July 27. Perhaps best known for his work with Carrie Underwood, the award-winning producer will discuss his creative partnership with Underwood, his work with other country music hitmakers and his role as a music executive.
The interview, conducted by museum writer and editor Michael McCall, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the museum's Ford Theater. It is included with museum admission and is free to museum members. Seating for the program is limited, and program passes are required for admittance. Visit the museum's website for complete admission details.
The program is presented in conjunction with the museum's Carrie Underwood: The Blown Away Tour Exhibition, on display now through November 10, 2013.
Born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and raised in Texas, Mark Bright moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University in 1981. Bright's first production success came with the group BlackHawk in the early 1990s. He later produced works for Billy Ray Cyrus, Sara Evans, Scotty McCreery, Reba McEntire, Rascal Flatts and other artists.
Bright began producing Underwood in 2005, shortly after she won American Idol. Since that time, Bright has been a part of her career, which now boasts more than 15 million in album sales. The music they created catapulted her career, led to three sold-out headline tours and resulted in numerous music awards including six Grammys, two Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year awards and three Female Vocalist awards from the Country Music Association and the ACM.
Bright previously served as vice president of EMI Music Publishing and president and CEO of Word Entertainment from 2008-2010. He also co-founded Teracel Music, whose staff writers included Brett James ("Jesus, Take the Wheel") and Danny Wells ("Check Yes or No"). Bright is currently celebrating his first #1 as a songwriter, "Give It All We Got Tonight," recorded by George Strait.
Museum programs are made possible, in part, by grants from the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission and by an agreement between the Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is operated by the Country Music Foundation, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization chartered by the state of Tennessee in 1964. The museum's mission is the preservation of the history of country and related vernacular music rooted in southern culture. With the same educational mission, the foundation also operates CMF Records, the museum's Frist Library and Archive, CMF Press, Historic RCA Studio B and Hatch Show Print®.
More information about the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum is available at countrymusichalloffame.org or by calling (615) 416-2001.
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