Nashville Underground Entertainment co-founder and artist manager Shawn Carnes will be a featured speaker in the Nashville Is Not Just Country Music: Music City Rhythm Panel & Showcase at MusicBiz 2016. Urban and Pop music have always been a part of Nashville, but it is most recently that the genres have become even more viable in Nashville’s growth and competitiveness in the overall music business. This panel will provide an open dialogue about the changing and growing music scene in Nashville and feature insight from industry professionals whose blood, sweat and tears are entrenched in Nashville’s Urban and Pop culture.

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The session, organized by Muziqueen Music Group and moderated by Thalia Ewing will showcase live music from:

Kiya Lacey 
Originally from Nashville, TN, singer/songwriter, and one of Paper Magazine’s Top Ten Artist to watch in Tennessee, Kiya Lacey has had one crazy year of growth and it is just getting started for this 20 year old artist. If it weren’t for her mother pushing the young singer to sing in every grocery store, restaurant and competition the Young Jedi says she would not be here. Breaking boundaries as a multi genre artist, Lacey’s career began with a top charting Jazz album in 2013. In April of 2015, the Young Jedi released her first R&B/Indie EP entitled, Fail In Love, landing her warm jazzy vocals, on numerous music blogs, online magazines and lineups with other amazing underground artist in both Nashville, TN and Atlanta, Ga.  Her voice, both soulful and hypnotic, demonstrates maturity beyond her years. Landing two opening acts for R&B Princess Brandy and Soul artist Goapele; Kiya lacey commands the crowd.

Laura Reed
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outh African born, Nashville and North Carolina based singer/songwriter that makes an impact with her original neo-world, soul sound. Reed has won 3  Nashville Industry Music Awards, including 2014 & 2015’s Best R&B/Soul Female Artist and 2015’s Best Live R&B/Soul Performer. Reed earned a nomination at the Long Island International Film Festival, and  is a featured artist with Lee Oskar Harmonicas and recently joined Oskar at the 2015 Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg, South Africa.