When I moved to Nashville in 2009, I had never visited TN. I had never even been to the south. One day, after a couple of years playing county fairs and coffee shops, I just decided to load up a U-haul and move from Oregon to Music City- to follow my dream. To my amazement and humility, within months of moving to Nashville, I had the opportunity to sing background vocals in a recording session for Nashville hit songwriters, Philip Douglas & Tony Mullins. And over the course of the next three years, my newly-formed girl group and I performed on The Billy Block Show, at NFL halftime shows, wrote with hit songwriters, recorded with top producers, opened for big stars (Billy Currington, Phil Vassar, Ronnie Milsap), and got a song placement on a national television commercial for Discount Tire. It sounds like it came easy, but it was a lot of HARD WORK, and a lot of time spent figuring out a place I had never even visited.
Half of the battle to success in the music business is location- or being in the “right place.” Where is the right place? It really depends on what your professional goals are and who they are with. For example, some parts of town are saturated with the Christian Music Industry, whereas some parts of town are saturated with studios and studio musicians, etc… The key to making your new experience the most ideal- with the best potential for success, is to keep these three questions in mind when choosing your new pad: will my lifestyle be comfortable here, will I have the opportunity to network here so I meet my goals, and is this within my budget? So, now that you’ve decided to up-root your life and move to Nash-Vegas, here are some recommendations to help understand the different pockets of Nashville, so you can decide which area is right for you.