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BMI Rooftop on the Row Has a Rousing Season Finale with Julia Cole, Callista Clark and Tiera Kennedy

by Rich and Laura Lynch

After a summer full of sensational rooftop shows, BMI hosted its last concert for 2022 at their offices in Nashville, Tennessee on October 17th. The industry event featured live performances from Tiera Kennedy, Callista Clark and Julia Cole. In addition to great music - food, drinks, swag and networking opportunities were served up. Supporters including George Dickel Whiskey, Truly and Twisted Tea were pouring out the libations to enhance the already festive atmosphere while Texas Roadhouse provided BBQ.

Julia Cole at the October edition of BMI Rooftop on the Row.

First up was Nashville recording artist Julia Cole who encourages empowering self-worth and good vibes to her growing #ColeTeam community. Her music has motivated many as she has amassed over one hundred million streams. Julia has been featured on numerous programs like CMT and she has toured with a wide range of musicians such as Dan + Shay and Lee Brice to name just a few.

At BMI, Julia with a full band presented a mostly rocking set with a dash of county. Highlights included a soon to be released song entitled "Supernova". The tune was inspiring and was countered by the sentimental "White Pearls" that was written for her mother and grandmother. But wait there was more as Cole performed with co-writer and special guest Charles Esten! Julia finished up with a fun-girls-night-out ode to exes.

Julia Cole and Chip Esten duet at BMI Rooftop on the Row.

Next was Callista Clark who was born and raised in Zebulon, Georgia. Callista started singing at church and when she hit the double digits she picked up ukulele, guitar and piano. Clark released her debut EP Real to Me on February 12, 2021, with the EP's lead single "It's 'Cause I Am" peaking at No. 30 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs.

Clark shared that she had recently released her first full length album giving thanks to her team and BMI. Callista & Company presented a mix of well-played originals and covers. She started with "Brave Girl" which encouraged listeners to overcome their fears. She paired that with Hall & Oates "You Make My Dreams (Come True)". She closed with the catchy title track from her new record To Me: The Way I Feel.

Last up was rising star Tiera Kennedy. She is being called one of the most exciting voices in country as she brings vitality to the genre. Tiera's independently-released, self-titled EP got folks talking. The Nashville Scene said that this Alabama native is "the total package", while American Songwriter hailing her as "one of Nashville's most promising young singer/songwriters" and TEEN VOGUE raved about her "pure, catchy upbeat country story-telling."

Callista Clark at the October edition of BMI Rooftop on the Row.

Tiera was also about empowerment as she opened with a song about following her own muse, flowing into one that talked about who she trusted and another track about finding people who support you and in turn make you a better person. Kennedy mentioned that she has been in Nashville for about five years but is originally from Alabama, so the next tune was a tribute to her home state with a little bit of "Sweet Home Alabama" woven into her song. Tiera also made it a point to thank BMI as she closed out the night and series with flair.

BMI's seasonal rooftop shows have concluded with a year that showcased some of their top talent. BMI was formed in 1939 to represent artists from a wide range of genres. Today, BMI is the largest music rights organization in the USA. BMI promotes the value of music by representing over 18.7 million musical works created and owned by more than 1.2 million songwriters, composers and music publishers. This organization also offers career advice in the areas of licensing, showcasing, training and more.

Tiera Kennedy at the October edition of BMI Rooftop on the Row.

Related Links: For more information on BMI ROOFTOP ON THE ROW and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - BMI Rooftop on the Row | Julia Cole | Callista Clark | Tiera Kennedy | Texas Roadhouse |


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