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WRITING YOUR OWN BIO SUCKS.

And isn’t for the faint of heart. It’s difficult to look objectively at our own art, music and products. However, when we choose to put something we’ve created into the world it’s imperative to see it from the customer’s perspective.

I believe someone’s story is their greatest selling point. It is sacred and when properly conveyed, provides a direct connection to the audience. It’s what lends a song, painting or piece of clothing that certain je ne sais quoi.

Your narrative is the platform upon which you present yourself to the commercial world. Let me help you convey your business in a creative, succinct and digestible manner. Together we can redefine your goals, skills and strengths to separate your brand from the masses.  I’ll help you reach a new level of professionalism by creating your identity.


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This is ART Bio (Click To Expand)

About: This is ART

this-is-art-press-photo-01“This is ART” is the brainchild of musician and performer Art Webb. While the bass-driven, electronic, and hip-hop music is a product of manipulation, his ingenuity is real. Art’s moniker sets the paradigm for a full-bodied experience. His performances engage all five senses by transporting listeners from the outside in. Etched into it all is his personal ethos: “to take a mindful and purposeful approach to all that we do.”

“I want people to think about the truth and beauty they are listening to,” he explains.

By means of a bass guitar, laptop and synthesizer keyboard, he unravels a psychedelic journey. They are his vernacular and method for mangling and manipulating sounds until they are no longer recognizable. Live instrumentation and melodies play together against a gritty, rhythmic backdrop. Figuratively, he invents new instruments on every track.

He infuses his kinetic performances with a lighthearted camaraderie. Audience members exchange hugs, high-fives and collectively chant “om” together. The only rule is to enjoy the music created from a place of sheer passion and pleasure.

While Art was born in Anchorage, Alaska, he is undeniably inspired by his Nashville, Tennessee, community, where the artistic diversity and quality of musicianship is unparalleled. His peers’ work ethic continuously inspires him to hone his skills and musical palate. Nashville is where his mother relocated her family of four so she could pen songs for a publishing company. His father worked odd jobs to make ends meet prior to establishing himself as an author and philosopher. As travelers, artists and writers, they were biased towards teaching their son and daughter to pursue what they loved. Given that mentality, Art and his sister were raised in the recording studio.

He remembers looking at the audio mixing boards thinking, “One day I’ll know what each of those knobs does.” He became enamored with the tape recorder and used it to document his childhood. To this day, he samples miscellaneous sounds from that era. The vibe is magical, in the moment and representative of where it all started.

this-is-art-press-photo-02Record, start, stop, rewind and play. It is how he adopted the role as the 21st century songwriter using a laptop, electronic equipment and a pair of headphones in place of a guitar. When he was 7-years-old, Art’s mother invited him onto the stage for the first time. He experienced the moment that crystallized his desire to become an entertainer. Soon after, the band life tallied itself high in his book when he had the chance to observe a basement jam session for the first time. Art immediately requested a bass guitar for his 14th birthday.

Every time his fingers touched an instrument it felt right. His home-schooling schedule afforded him the liberty to play music full-time. After several months, he mustered the confidence to begin playing bass guitar in jam sessions and performances.

As a teenager, Art skateboarded straight into a half-pipe of culture: baggy jeans, shredded T-shirts, dreadlocks, hard rock and hip-hop. Jimi Hendrix presented a haven along with jazz, classic and psychedelic rock. He borrowed CDs from the library by the likes of Miles Davis, Cream, Herbie Hancock and Pink Floyd. Catchy guitar solos, reversed sound effects, dirty bass lines and progressive rhythmic drums became his obsession. Modern era artists that fused jazz and psychedelic rock together—like Medeski and Martin & Wood—inspired him.

Nonetheless, it was an STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) concert that brought his mutable musical interests full circle for the first time. They fused the “jam” of 1960s music with hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, and electronic instruments. For Art, the limitations suddenly appeared endless. All he cared about was delivering music of quality, and that each song resonated with himself and the listener. In 2008, he streamlined his focus and began touring under the alias This is ART. He explains the creative and civic-minded venture as, “Something makes a difference in the individual as well as the community. There’s nothing more special than the gathering of like-minded people to celebrate life, joy and artistic freedom.”

Robin Riddell Jones Bio (Click To Expand)

Robin Riddell Jones’ enthusiasm for wine is infectious. 

Some like their flavors big, bold and flashy. However, the independent wine consultant champions the modest and thoughtful. “The wines I sell always mean something,” explains Jones, who leverages the significance between maker and flavor.  

Seattle, Washington, served as the gateway to her career. With a solid retail resumé, she sought out a job with a local, independent distributor there. Jones traveled frequently and tasted her way through Austria, France and Italy, selecting which bottles would make their way to the U.S. Her buying expeditions inspired her to learn the flavor profiles of the wines, as well as everything she could about the lives, languages and narratives of the makers.

Jones admittedly left her heart in Europe with the various characters who had opened their homes and her eyes to her first love, French and Italian wines. Her affinity is for minor league farmers and the way in which they ferment every bottle with passion and sincerity. Jones learned by experience, working with the soil and observing the winemakers firsthand.

In recollection of one overwhelming tasting experienced in an Italian vineyard, Jones explains, “Time literally stopped and it brought me to tears reminding me of why I do what I do. Pureness, integrity and deliciousness were right in that glass.”

The aficionado’s Mississippi farmer bloodline draws parallel to her interest in the back-story of her buys. She lovingly refers to her landscape architect father as the first to impart knowledge of “ground-to-table” before it was a trending philosophy. 

In January 2013, Jones launched her wine consultation business in hopes to add depth to Nashville’s wine cellars and create smart, savvy drinkers. Josephine’s wine list will make a graceful counterpart to chef Andrew Little’s cuisine and pay homage to the dutiful farmers carrying on their family’s lineage. Above all, lending the little guys a chance in the limelight is the ultimate goal. “The winemakers I love don’t realize they’re rock stars. I want everyone to see their greatness. I can’t help but stand up and cheer them on.”

Tabitha Tune Bio (Click To Expand)

Social media is current, succinct and the catalyst for a debate or discussion. A coffee date with Tabitha Tune is much the same. 

When she was young, Tune’s report cards read “she is a nice girl but is very talkative during class.” By launching A La Mode in 2009, the sprightly entrepreneur turned this liability into an asset. She saw social media as the solution for small businesses. Tune desired to help them flourish by facilitating an open-ended rapport between customer and proprietor. 

Quirky and witty, Tune is someone you want to tell your secrets to. She is a connector whose passion for social media is rooted in communication, technology and information. “As a kid, I quickly progressed from pen palling to emailing,” she explains. “Maybe I’m just a busybody, but I enjoy getting in on discussions and learning about new apps, entertainment and trends.” Ambiance, energy and customer service set the tone, and Tune strategically tailors each company’s account to its respective industry and individual needs. 

The native Singaporean relocated to the U.S. to study Communications and Media Studies at Boston’s Emerson College. She was always fascinated by American culture; specifically radio, MTV and the television show “Friends.” Tune knew she wanted to work in media and entertainment to some capacity, which inspired the trajectory of her career. After she and her husband moved to Music City in 2001 she accepted a marketing and sales coordinator position at indie rock radio station Lightening 100. Four years later she left to dabble in event planning, yoga instruction and professional blogging. It wasn’t until Twitter first launched in 2006 that her dream career clicked into place. 

Clients like restaurateur and Top Chef alum Arnold Myint took note of Tune’s talent for 140-character storytelling. Myint, along with other Nashville entrepreneurs, hired her to invent original, online presences that would stand out in a sea of hashtags and newsfeeds. “I learned by doing. There was something about social media that came to me really naturally,” she explains. 

Most of all, Tune loves new beginnings and watching mom and pop shops grow from the ground up. Her greatest thrill comes from witnessing the concept of an idea become a company’s first dollar bill. To her, the human connection is most important whether it’s with clients, customers or new followers. “It’s always someone’s first day somewhere,” Tune says, “and I love being apart of that.”

Miranda Whitcomb Pontes Bio (Click To Expand)

Miranda Whitcomb Pontes wants to love you through food. 

The Frothy Monkey and Burger Up founder is a risk taker who gets a ridiculous amount of joy out of bringing together all walks of life. At the cornerstone of her restaurants is the idea that a delicious meal has the ability to rejuvenate long-standing friendships and kindle new connections. A decade-long resident of the 12 South community, Pontes desires to give the city new places to connect and keep Nashville at the culinary forefront. “I am fortunate to be a single thread weaving together this amazing neighborhood,” she says.

The Louisiana native adopted Nashville as her home in 2002, and quickly became smitten with the blossoming community’s charm. At the time, she lacked any restaurant industry experience and relied solely on a hunch that the neighborhood needed a welcoming café. She opened The Frothy Monkey in 2003. The coffeehouse introduced the seasonal-based philosophy with which Pontes is now synonymous: “Our menus are based upon what we can get,” she explains.

Pontes sold The Frothy Monkey to a cherished employee in 2008. Next she introduced the neighborhood to Burger Up. She was impassioned by the humane animal treatment of a grass-fed beef facility, Triple L Ranch. The restaurant also incorporated a plethora of delicious produce all grown within Nashville’s city limits. Her objective was to serve fare as delicious and wholesome as any gracious Southern host would in his or her own home. 

Josephine provides 12 South with yet another culinary refuge. Pontes creates yet another familial ambiance by uniting customer, chef and wait staff. Like all of her ventures Josephine is personal and hospitable, and brings a freshness to the culinary scene spearheaded by Pennsylvania transplant, Chef Andrew Little. Guests will be encouraged to mix and match his moderately upscale menu to their liking. “I wanted to create a restaurant as lovely as the name Josephine, while still providing an atmosphere casual enough for grabbing a glass of wine and snacking in the middle of the afternoon,” explains Pontes. 

She wants Josephine to feel reminiscent of a dinner party where diners can toast to friendship, celebrate special occasions or simply clink wine glasses in honor of a spectacular meal. “All I want to do is give everyone who walks through the doors of Josephine a deeply intimate connection to the place.”

Katie Jacobs Bio (Click To Expand)

Styling Your Everyday founder Katie Jacobs strives for magazine-spread perfection in every element of her life. 

The graphic designer, stylist and photographer hails from Nashville, Tennessee. As a homebody and traditionalist at heart, Katie covets anything heirloom, repurposed or handmade. She credits her Martha Stewart mindset to her grandmother Kathleen. Her formal dinner parties were always a spectacle and filled with homemade cakes, centerpieces and floral arrangements. It was these celebrations that inspired Katie’s lifelong love of cooking and crafting.

She studied art throughout adolescence and chose graphic design as her major at Birmingham, Alabama’s Samford University. The rigorous program and her professors’ high expectations honed her perfectionist mentality. She credits these scholarly mentors as well as Nashville Lifestyles founder Stacie Standifer for her strong work ethic and standards.

After college graduation, Katie returned to Nashville to work at the now defunct VIP Franklin Magazine. There she designed, wrote and photographed feature stories and learned her favored philosophy to “make it work” under any conditions. She departed after one year to work for Gannett Company, Inc. as web editor, and eventually art director, of Nashville Lifestyles, Murfreesboro Magazine and Nashville Lifestyles’ Weddings. Over the next five years, Katie produced and styled countless cover stories including her personal favorites with American Pickers star Mike Wolfe, and musicians like Sheryl Crow, The Band Perry and Little Big Town. In 2013, she left to pursue a freelance career. That’s when Harper Collins hired her to style and photograph her first cookbook.

Currently, Katie’s goals run the gamut, and she is an open vessel to life’s infinite possibilities. On Styling Your Everyday, she encourages readers to indulge their artistic, feminine and sweet sides—always in moderation, of course. “Life is too short to be surrounded by unattractive things,” she says. “A cute outfit makes you confident, a clean house relaxed, and a delicious plate of food satisfied.” 

David Phillips Bio (Click To Expand)

David Phillips “takes junk and makes something awesome with it.” The lighting designer and craftsman is no longer Nashville’s best-kept secret. Professional athletes, actors and award-winning musicians favor him. They covet his lighting fixtures rendered from rusty gasoline funnels, fire buckets and automotive parts. They are, as he says, “repurposed with a purpose,” salvaged from discarded objects. By applying his imagination and technical proficiency, Phillips creates one-of-a-kind fixtures. 

The designs pay homage to his storied family lineage and characters he’s met along the way. He is from a small town in Ohio, or what he refers to as a “blurb on the map.” It is a factory and railroad village populated by good, hardworking people, who have been hugely influential in Phillips’ designs. He comes from a long line of railroad mechanics. His automotive repairman father worked at General Motors for 50 years. Phillips credits his mechanical vocation heritage for a natural dexterity, and fondness for working with his hands. 

Phillips was the first in his family to attend college. A football scholarship carried him through as he studied marketing and broadcasting. After graduation he hosted his own sports radio show before transitioning into advertising, marketing and sales. After several years of enduring the industry’s grueling pace, he awoke one day exhausted and defeated. It was the beginning of a six-month sabbatical, otherwise known as the “exploration period.” By happenstance, it opened the doorway to his indescribable passion for lighting design.  

A childlike excitement illuminated his imagination. He began apprenticing with a man in need of an extra set of hands, who taught him how to wire and restore antique lighting fixtures. “I always loved tinkering with things, taking them apart and building them back,” he explains. He effortlessly picked up the trade and chose to go solo in 2001. It was then Phillips adopted his ethos of “always saying yes.” The challenge of navigating new projects has often inspired his most ingenious moments. He garners enjoyment from turning something simple into an intricate piece. 

While his visions are often too elusive to draw or describe, Phillips has an immediate emotional reaction in regards to lighting a space. It is this sentimental, “touchy feely” side, which allows him to establish the mood, ambiance and personality of a room. The name behind “Two Lane South,” Phillips’ new retail space and workshop, is symbolic of this philosophy to allow one’s heart to guide his or her life. The joint workshop and retail space, in the midst of artisanal hub of Marathon Village, is named after Phillips’ favorite hobby of driving down winding, dirt roads. It is the antique shops he visits and the characters he meets, which fuels his infectious zest for life. 

Two Lane South is kitty corner to Antique Archaeology, the home base of American Picker’s star Mike Wolfe. It is a spinoff of the vintage-inspired lighting line they recently collaborated on together. The pair bonded over their mutual admiration for history and preservation, which has Phillips configuring fixtures from miscellaneous objects Wolfe picks on the road. Phillips wistfully describes the magical moment when a tub of odds and ends arrives on his doorstep. Such a moment always evokes his childhood enthusiasm for his craft: “It’s an amazing feeling to find what you love to do in life and allow others to appreciate it. It never feels like work.”

Brett Warren Bio (Click To Expand)

Photographer Brett Warren lives in a world where anything is possible. His images have legs and longevity. 

The Nashville, Tennessee-based photographer gives reality a glamorous spin. He depicts universal life experiences with artful shots of jewels, stilettos and lifestyle scenes. 

Warren was born a small town boy with big city dreams. Growing up in McMinnville, Tennessee, he doodled, daydreamed and carried around a disposable camera. He was always in search of a medium through which he could tell stories. At a young age, theatre, film and fables became his greatest influences. They continue to inspire many of his editorial conceptualizations. 

He graduated from Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied graphic design and darkroom photography. Post graduation Warren worked as a graphic designer at Country Music Television, while honing his photography skills through personal projects. One fated summer, he accepted an internship understudying photographer Annie Leibovitz in New York City. 

The experience solidified Warren’s love for conceptual portraiture and extravagant, visual feasts. He fostered his appreciation for fashion as art while assisting on Vogue and Vanity Fair photo shoots. Working alongside Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington and icons like Karen Elson, Jack White and Taylor Swift made Warren more determined than ever to facilitate his own visual spectacles. 

Upon his return he spent months painting houses to pay for his first large-scale production, the Italian version of “Pinocchio.” He carved out a niche as the photographer who also styled, prop sourced and built his own sets. Elaborate storyboards, costumes and locations were his vision and no obstacle would hinder his artistic vision. Similar to those of his favorite photographers and directors, Warren’s shoots are often months in the making. He is a storyteller at heart, and transformation is a prevalent theme in his work. Much like his idols Baz Luhrmann and Wes Anderson, Warren puts his models in theatrical situations in which they must perform. 

Fantasy, intrigue and a fondness for nostalgia inspire stories like his “Edgar Allen Poe” and “Alfred Hitchcock” series. In addition to his personal work, Warren serves as Creative Director of fashion brand Otis James Nashville. No matter the project, for Warren, photography is about the journey, he says, “bringing new ideas to the table, and daring to dream a little bigger every time.”

Chef Andrew Little Bio (Click To Expand)

If people were aware of the labor that went into their lettuce, they would chew their salads a lot slower. 

Chef Andrew Little is a food whisperer. 

His cooking revolves around roots, whether they are the turnips and carrots he lovingly plucks from the ground or the historical recipes he notably revitalized during his tenure in the Dutch Pennsylvanian region, where he grew up. Seasonal and spontaneous, Little’s ground-to-gourmet plates create a visceral experience, always meant to tell a story behind the meal. 

Little graduated from the Culinary Institute of America after forgoing his original plan to be a professional classical musician. His dreams of playing in the symphony are reflected in his opus-style culinary technique, where every ingredient has its own place and purpose. He was first introduced to the culinary world as a server paying his way through music school. At the time, other chefs often shooed Little out of the kitchen, where he would linger in attempts to learn by osmosis and observation. A fan of the speed, teamwork and camaraderie between the chefs, Little’s first kitchen position at a country club inspired his decision to dive headfirst into the industry. “The life of any musician is working nights, weekends, and holidays, explains the chef, who often waxes poetic by linking culinary and music lingo, “so jumping into a restaurant career held no major differences.” 

From day one of culinary school, Little’s eye was on the prize to work alongside the venerable Patrick O’Connell at The Inn at Little Washington. Little departed after a year with new tricks in his apron and a lifelong motivation to elevate every diner’s experience. A recognizable stint at Pennsylvania’s Evermay On-the Delaware eventually led him back to his hometown to spearhead the fine dining restaurant at The Sheppard Mansion. 

Little is a scholar and avid researcher of the culinary arts and relayed this interest in crafting the historic bed and breakfast’s Dutch Pennsylvanian menu. Little’s Germanic-influenced cuisine lent contemporary updates to the classic regional dishes he had dined on since childhood. The menu took advantage of the ground’s vegetable garden and 2,000-acre farm. He credits the planting and year-round cultivation as inspiration for his self-coined “full circle” cooking style. “If you’ve taken the time to dig a trench, plant a potato, water, watch and wait to dig it out four months later,” he says, “then there is zero possibility you’re going to cook it improperly because it’s like raising a child.”

Looking to reveal the face behind his food the chef is passionate about preserving every animal organ and fruit rind, continuously relying on curiosity and conservation to bring out the natural charisma of his ingredients. Following in the hunter-gatherer tradition of celebrating the life of an animal by making use of every cell Little wants to diverge from mindless munching to let Josephine diners see the beauty behind every beet, carrot or cut of beef. By connecting the dots and paying deference to those who raise his cattle and plow the fields where his ingredients are grown, Little puts a lot of himself into every course. “When you cook so personally, he says, “you have to inject a bit of who you are because your life experiences play into it so much.”