I was nine when I first saw the Nashville Skyline. I hadn’t grown up in music, my dream wasn’t to write or sing, but I knew I never wanted to live anywhere else in the world. Fast forward, I ended up becoming a music business major at a small school in Kentucky, only because the dean told me about an … Read More

What An Experience

I didn’t know what to expect going into my semester at the CMC. Right away I was encouraged by the quality of the staff. They are kind, knowledgeable, and genuinely care for each student. I come into class each day expecting to learn or discuss something interesting that I care about. I am very thankful for the time I have … Read More


My name is Deven Bridges, at the CMC a lot of people call me Mickey (my stage name). I’m a hip-hop artist, which has made my experience at the Contemporary Music Center (CMC) an interesting one. Since production isn’t my MO, one of my biggest challenges has been figuring out how to create the music I write. I am a … Read More

(Un)Sarcastically Thankful

When I moved down to Nashville in January to be apart of semester 32 of the Contemporary Music Center I had no idea what to expect. I thought I might not fit in or my timidness would get the best of me and I wouldn’t be able to make friends. I thought that this could be an incredibly learning experience … Read More


Through my experience here at CMC, I have started to write music for myself rather than for the people around me. Writing for myself doesn’t mean that my songs can’t be commercially applicable, but my songs reflect more of my life experiences, struggles, and desires. Writing with vulnerability can give a song the extra ounce of separation from the mundane. … Read More

Being Present

I came to the CMC as a capstone of my Music Production studies at the tail end of my time at Malone University. Being deeply involved in the constant production of full-scale live shows on a weekly basis has been challenging musically and emotionally, but has grown me immensely as a person. I’ve been able to implement my various industry-related … Read More

My Favorite Semester

My name is Hank Link, and I am from Kissimmee, FL. I am a senior Music Business/Church Music double major at Southeastern University in Lakeland, FL. In January, however, instead of returning to Lakeland for another regular spring semester, I made the ten-hour drive to Nashville for what would prove to be a pivotal time in my life. From the … Read More

Even In The Small Things

CMC so far (and I guess I’m pretty far into it) has been one big roller coaster. I’ll give a little background to my own intentions coming into this semester so you can understand why I feel like it has been a successful experience. I never believed I could do music for a living, I just had extra space in … Read More

For I Am About To Do Something New…

Leading up to my time in Nashville, I reflected a lot on Isaiah 43:19 (NLT) “For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” It’s fascinating reading back on journal entries that I wrote in … Read More

Running Blind

My experience at the CMC has truly turned my world upside-down. I came here with a vague plan, aiming for an eventual pursuit of my music full-time. I was dreaming insane dreams of my music taking off and going incredible places. I wouldn’t say I wanted to be Taylor-Swift-famous or anything, but I wanted to shoot for it and get … Read More