THE OTHER NASHVILLE SOCIETY REVEALS INAUGURAL ‘TONS NEXT’ CLASS OF ARTISTS
REPRESENTING THE BEST NEW ROCK, HIP-HOP, POP, ALTERNATIVE FOLK & ALT COMING OUT OF NASHVILLE WITH EMERGING ARTISTS ANNIE DIRUSSO, BRIAN BROWN, BROOKE ALEXX, DANIEL NUNNELEE & ISAIA HURON
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Yesterday evening, Tuesday, April 4, The Other Nashville Society (TONS) revealed its inaugural ‘TONS Next’ class of artists in front of a packed house of organization members and VIP guests at Analog in Nashville. The five artists–Annie DiRusso, Brian Brown, Brooke Alexx, Daniel Nunnelee & Isaia Huron–were chosen through good old fashioned A&R. After a call for submissions from the TONS membership, the Co-founders and Leadership Group narrowed a list of over 80 artists down to five.The new initiative will be a core focus for TONS going forward, with a new ‘TONS Next’ class unveiled each year.
“Last year, in our fifth year of existence as an organization, a collective lightbulb went off for us Co-founders. If more non-country artists are developed, nurtured, and broken globally out of Nashville, then all boats rise for this community as a whole,” shares Josh Collum, TONS Co-founder. “So, that’s our aim with TONS Next. We’re placing a bet on these five artists and we’re going to do our part to accelerate their rise.”
“Between the Co-founders, the Leadership Group, and our 1,500+ members, we’re going to be the best advisory board an artist and their team could ever want,” adds Ally Venable, TONS Co-founder. “And we’re actively pulling together partners from across the music and entertainment industries that want to help amplify these artists and their stories.”
Says Katie Fagan, TONS Co-founder, “First and foremost, we needed to love the music. Is it unique? Does the artist have something to say? From there, we needed to trust the artist and their team. Then, it was all about gut. Do we believe this artist can make an impact globally? With these five, the answer is clearly ‘yes, we do.’”
In recent years, TONS is no stranger to its artist members finding success. The organization counts GAYLE, Joy Oladokun, Jake Wesley Rogers, and Charlotte Sands as members. The ‘Next’ initiative will bring a structure and focus around these efforts.
The inaugural TONS Next class is:
Annie DiRusso (Rock)
“She’s set to skyrocket.” - Alternative Press
Brian Brown (Hip Hop)
“Brown has captivated the minds of listeners far outside the 615.” - Complex
Brooke Alexx (Pop)
“The melody of Alexx is rich oh so rich.” - Earmilk
Daniel Nunnelee (Alternative Folk)
Isaia Huron (Alt)
“Taste might be subjective, but the new Isaia Huon EP is objectively amazing.” - Lyrical Lemonade
For more information and updates, visit www.TheOtherNashvilleSociety.com or follow @theothernashvillesociety on Instagram.
There is no city on earth like Nashville, where music engulfs and permeates such a large percentage of its people. We are unique. While country music is king, there has always been a vibrant and relevant underground of other genres. That underground has risen above ground over the last decade with a rapid influx of non-country musical migrants. Today’s Music City is much more diverse creatively, and only growing more diverse every day. Our country music friends have done an amazing job of telling their stories and building their community, and they will continue to do so. But there is a lack of gathering point for those of us that don’t fit into that community. This includes creators and industry professionals in the city’s Pop, Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Soul, Emo, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Orchestral, Electronic, and Christian music scenes. Founded in 2017, The Other Nashville Society was created to be our gathering point. Today it is over 1500 members strong and is guided by three core goals: To identify and bring together the non-country music community in Nashville; To create an environment for connections and opportunities within this community; And to be a vocal advocate for “The Other Nashville,” amplifying its success stories and point of view. Follow https://
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April 10, 2023 1:05pm ET by Falcon Publicity