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TONS Talk: "The Future Is Female"


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1 / Lenore Kinder, Moderator

Lenore Kinder works with Paradigm Talent Agency. Her path began in Knoxville where she went to work for local venue, Blue Cats, honing her marketing, production and booking skills and working her way up to Director of Operations. Looking for personal growth and a general challenge, in 2006 she moved to Nashville in search of the right opportunity.

In 2007, Lenore joined AEG Live/The Messina Group as a marketing intern to get her foot in the door. She quickly proved herself to be an invaluable part of the Nashville team. Lenore has become well-known for her “talent intuition” and artist development insight, curating tours for Imagine Dragons, Adele, Mumford and Sons, and The Lumineers in North America and eventually lead to joining Paradigm Talent Agency as co-RA for Kacey Musgraves.

2 / Erin McCarley

Creating a blend of pop influenced by alt-singer-songwriters such as Fiona Apple/ Beck / Santigold, vintage synths, chopped up organic/electronic beats, with playful and uplifting (yet often times an undertone of melancholy) lyrics, Erin McCarley has made a name for herself as an emotive, fresh, and powerful artist and songwriter; embraced by her fans, the Film and TV world, and respected industry alike. 

McCarley released her debut album "Love, Save the Empty" in 2009 in the Top 100 Billboard and her sophomore album "My Stadium Electric" in 2012 on Universal Republic Records. She has performed on David Letterman, Jay Leno, Craig Ferguson, and toured extensively in the US.  iTunes promoted her with "Single of the Week" twice, the Film/TV world has embraced her music in many shows, movies, and commercials such as Grey's Anatomy, He's Just Not That Into You, Netflix promos, Vampire DiariesDancing w/the Stars, Victoria’s Secret, SOMA and KELLOGG commercials, etc.  

McCarley’s remix of “I Can Be Somebody” has amassed over 40 million streams alone. Receiving praise from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, she is currently promoting her first independent release called 'YU YĪ', releasing singles that are featured in TV/FILM, and writing with upcoming artists in the pop and singer-songwriter world. 

 3 / Andrea Ambrosia

Andrea Ambrosia is agent at Paradigm Talent Agency where she represents a roster including Lee Ann Womack, Margo Price, Ashley Monroe, and The Lone Bellow. Originally from Chicago, IL, Andrea is a graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University and currently resides in Nashville, TN. 

4 / emily wright

Emily Wright is a Grammy-nominated vocal producer and songwriter, based in Nashville, who has worked with some of the biggest artists in the world. Her production credits include Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, Flo Rida, One Direction, Linkin Park and countless other superstar pop artists. She is a diverse songwriter, with additional credits including Britney Spears, Karmin, Owl City, Cher Lloyd, COIN, Ben Rector, Billy Raffoul and more.

5 / livia tortella

Livia Tortella is the founder and CEO of Black Box. 

A music entertainment executive with a track record for developing artists and digital innovation, Livia has taken her career from PolyGram Canada to Island Def Jam Music Group, Atlantic Records, and on to Co-President of Warner Bros. Records in Los Angeles. 

Known for her expertise in music marketing, artist development, content creation, motion picture soundtracks, and release strategy, Livia has an intimate understanding of all aspects of the music industry. She has worked closely with chart-toppers and breaking artists alike, and is constantly searching for new ways to build and engage their audiences.

It is her commitment to artist’s careers, combined with her belief in the new music economy, that led her to create Black Box.

6 / brittany schaffer

Brittany Schaffer is Spotify’s Head of Artist & Label Marketing, Nashville.  In this role, Brittany and her team partner with artists, labels, and managers to develop and execute world-class marketing campaigns for artists, such as Kacey Musgraves and Keith Urban, to promote their music on and off platform, to bring their stories to life, to maximize the artists’ exposure and global reach, and to help artists form a deeper connection with their fans.

Prior to joining Spotify in January 2018, Brittany was Senior Counsel in the Entertainment Department of Loeb & Loeb, LLP, an international law firm often recognized as U.S. News & World Report’s Law Firm of the Year in Music.  Brittany maintained a robust legal practice focused primarily on the music industry and branded entertainment, including representing the contestants on Seasons 9 - 12 of The Voice and advising established and developing talent clients.  Brittany also worked with consumer brands, live event companies, and digital services to assist their teams in developing music strategies and negotiating key agreements.

Brittany’s work and relationships within the Nashville community have garnered her recognition as one of Hollywood's New Leaders (Variety), a Mid-South Rising Star (Super Lawyers), and one of the leading Women in Music City (Nashville Business Journal).

Brittany received her B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 2007, and her law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in 2010.  

7 / Kasey Truman

Kasey Truman is a Music Supervisor at Chop Shop Music. Shows include: iZombie, Splitting Up Together, Veronica Mars (Film), Grey’s Anatomy, Hart of Dixie, Scandal, Mad Men, Unforgettable (Film), The Bachelors (Film), The Catch, Gossip Girl, Private Practice, Chuck, Suburgatory, Selfie, Rescue Me, Off The Map, Flashforward, Supernatural, Numb3rs and Without A Trace.

Other Chop Shop film projects include a five film/soundtrack run with The Twilight Saga, Perks of Being A Wallflower, Warm Bodies, The Dilemma, Water For Elephants, Remember Me, and New In Town. 

Kasey has been with Chop Shop since 2007, but got her start in Music Supervision working as a Coordinator for Mary Ramos in 2004 (Be Cool, The Big White, Freedom Writers, Keith, The Five People You Meet In Heaven, and I’ll Always Know What you Did Last Summer). She is a graduate of Duke University (Bachelor of Arts in Psychology), where she was the Captain of the Women’s Soccer Team. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from Cal-State Fullerton.