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A new live
entertainment venue on the Middle Tennessee State University campus will
be named the Chris Young Café to honor the multiplatinum Nashville
entertainer’s continued support of his alma mater.
President Sidney A. McPhee, at an event Tuesday, July 9, at the Country
Music Association headquarters on Music Row, thanked Young for lending his name
— and giving $50,000 — for the venue.
located in a standalone dining building and surrounded by residence halls, will
be a teaching and practice place for student performers and technicians during
the day and a performance venue at night for music, radio broadcasts, comedy
and other entertainment.
Young Café will encourage our students to dream bigger,” McPhee said. “Chris
studied at MTSU and then launched a successful music industry career, so every
time they see his name on the cafe, their aspirations will seem a little more
obtainable if they follow in his footsteps and work as hard as he has.”
attended MTSU in 2005, has an impressive list of accomplishments, including
membership in the Grand Ole Opry, 2 billion on-demand streams, 12 million
singles sold and 11 career No. 1 singles. He has two Grammy nominations as well
as award nominations from the Country Music Association and Academy of Country
ambassador for country music, Young has maintained his True Blue ties to the
Murfreesboro campus, funding an annual scholarship for recording industry
students in 2016 and donating a selection of his touring audio equipment in
always hold a special place in my heart,” Young said. “It helped me launch my
music career and I’m glad for the opportunity to give back to the university.”
the Woodmore Building on the south side of campus and formerly known as the
Cyber Café, the MTSU facility has 3,200 square feet of community and dining
space with two raised platform stages. The space is surrounded by windows,
allowing for natural light, and is an easy walk from the Bragg Media and
of Media and Entertainment began managing the performance space last year,
when faculty from the Department of Recording Industry began readying
the cafe for shows.
Entertainment Dean Ken Paulson said the college is “grateful to Chris
for giving our students this hands-on opportunity to learn.”
teaching students how to manage, book and promote a concert hall, club or
theater, having a working venue on campus is invaluable,” Paulson said.
Industry Chair Beverly Keel said Young's support “means so much to the
university, faculty and students.”
generosity will allow our students to gain real-world, hands-on experience in
performing and live sound,” Keel said. “He is a wonderful role model for
our students, not only because of his success but because of his desire to
continually give back and help others.”
given fans seven studio albums in 12 years, including “Losing Sleep,” his third
project in less than two years. The title track is certified platinum, while
the second single, “Hangin’ On,” is his ninth No. 1 as a songwriter. “Losing
Sleep” (2017) and “I’m Comin’ Over” (2015) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top
Country Albums Chart, and “I’m Comin’ Over” became Young’s first
brings new music and a new headlining tour for Young. His “Raised on Country
World Tour 2019” will visit more than 25 cities through September, including
Charlotte, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Indianapolis, St. Louis,
Phoenix and San Diego.
earlier this year named MTSU’s recording industry department to its annual list
of America’s top music business schools for the sixth time, once again joining
its counterparts across the country as top producers of ready-to-work music
magazine bragged on several MTSU alumni and noted that the recording industry
program was featured in an NBC Nightly News report that aired on Grammy night,
along with a mention of MTSU’s now-sixth annual Grammy Week trip connecting
students and staff with area alumni and industry professionals.
former or current students, and faculty from across the university have been a
part of more than 60 Grammy Award nominations in the last two decades. Since
2001, nine have won a total of 28 Grammys, including six repeat recipients, in
categories from classical to country to gospel.
information about MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/media.
For more on the Department of Recording Industry, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/recording-industry.