Our Team

Meet Our Team of Talented Teachers
    • Kevin Ray Lawson
      Founder / CEO

      Kevin Ray Lawson

      Founder / CEO
      • Education:
        Pepperdine University
      • Teaching:
        Artist Development, Piano, Guitar, Songwriting, Saxophone
      • Performed with:
        Joe Wooten, Ashley Cleveland, Pat Flynn, John Berry, Buddy Greene, Lulu Roman, Full Access, Merging Blue
      • Studio Credits:
        Pat Flynn, Merging Blue, Buddy Greene, Heather Lawson, Chance McKinney, Full Access
      • Songs Recorded by:
        Sandi Patti, Truth, Heather Lawson, Merging Blue, Acappella, Worship Together, Full Access, The Hoskins, Chance McKinney
      • Hobbies:
        Architecture, Construction, Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books
    • Aaron Trimble
      Audio Engineering, Piano

      Aaron Trimble

      Audio Engineering, Piano
      • Education:
        Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition,  MTSU, Master of Arts in Recording Arts and Technologies, MTSU
      • Teaching:
        Piano, Audio Engineering, Soundtrack Design/Film Scoring 
      • Credits/Awards:
        Short film, “Look Up” (2016): Won Best Student Film and nominated for Best Sound Design in 2016 at TN 54-Hour Film Festival
      • Hobbies:
        Composing Soundtrack Music, Martial Arts, Video Games, Travel
    • Adam Davis
      Guitar, Bass, Lap Steel

      Adam Davis

      Guitar, Bass, Lap Steel
      • Education:
        B.S. Liberal Studies M.T.S.U.
      • Teaching:
        Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Lap Steel
      • Performed with:
        Amos Lee, Sturgill Simpson, Susan Werner
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking, Practicing Guitar, Being a Dad
    • Adam Fluhrer
      Guitar

      Adam Fluhrer

      Guitar
      • Education:
        University of Southern California
      • Teaching:
        Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
      • Performed with:
        Lady Antebellum, Lee Roy Parnell, Will Hoge, Bryan Clark, Avett Brothers, Jason Isbell
      • Studio Credits:
        Will Hoge, Bryan Clark, Diana DeGarmo, Ace Young, Jennifer Paige, Bo Bice, Danny Flowers
      • Hobbies:
        Dog Rescue Adoption
    • Adam Griffith
      Guitar

      Adam Griffith

      Guitar
      • Education:
        B.A. Guitar Performance Belmont University
      • Teaching:
        Guitar
      • Performed with:
        Rayvon Owen, Fiona Culley, Clark Beckham, Griffin Peterson
      • Hobbies:
        Traveling, Movies, Spending time with family
    • Brian Dollaway
      Guitar, Voice

      Brian Dollaway

      Guitar, Voice
      • Education:
        Berklee College of Music 07’ Major in Songwriting, Principle Instrument- Voice
      • Teaching:
        Guitar, Voice
      • Performed with:
        Griffon, Misfire, AudioNation
      • Hobbies:
        Mixed Martial Arts, Snowboarding
    • Brian Kilian
      Drums, Percussion

      Brian Kilian

      Drums, Percussion
      • Education:
        The University of the Arts
      • Teaching:
        Drums, Percussion
      • Performing With:
        Will Hoge, Carbon Leaf, Lee Roy Parnell, Natalie Stovall, Tara Thompson, Mark Collie, Automatic Fire

      • Studio Credits:
        Will Hoge, Automatic Fire, Jesse Isley, Dave Pittenger
      • Hobbies:
        Travel, cooking, Yoga
    • Chris Cannone
      Guitar

      Chris Cannone

      Guitar
      • Education:
        Musicians Institute, Performance A.A.
      • Teaching:
        Guitar
      • Performed with:
        Devon Franks, Randy McStine, Addison Agen
      • Performed On:
        Ultra Vibe Live,Taylor Rae “Gettin’ High to Stay Low”,Maddie in Good Company – “Troubled Mind”
      • Awards:
        Musician Institute 1st place Artist Showcase two consecutive years (2013, 2014) (Taylor Rae Band),Top 20 unsigned bands to see live in Los Angeles, Music Connection magazine (Seneca & the River)
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking, Fishing
    • Chris Szalaj
      Cello

      Chris Szalaj

      Cello
      • Teaching:
        Cello
      • Performed With:
        LeAnn Rimes &
        The Nashville Symphony
      • Hobbies:
        Cooking,
        Building things, Running, Archery, Spending time with my family
    • George Pendergrass
      Performance Coaching, Voice

      George Pendergrass

      Performance Coaching, Voice
      • Education:
        Masters in Community Development
      • Teaching:
        Voice, Performance Artistry
      • Performed with:
        U2, Amy Grant, Acappella, Merging Blue, Buddy Greene, Pat Flynn
      • Studio Credits:
        U2, Faith Hill, Billy Preston, Prince of Egypt soundtrack, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith
      • Hobbies:
        Gardening, Flying, Camping, Fishing
    • Grace Hazar
      Piano, Voice, Cello, Ukulele

      Grace Hazar

      Piano, Voice, Cello, Ukulele
      • Education:
        Master of Arts, Coastal Carolina University
      • Teaching:
        Piano, Voice, Cello, Ukulele
      • Performed with:
        Vance George, Jill Trinka
      • Hobbies:
        Crafting, Being in nature, Traveling, Playing with my bunnies
    • Greg Upchurch
      Drums, percussion

      Greg Upchurch

      Drums, percussion
      • Education:
        University of Central Oklahoma
      • Teaching:
        Drums and percussion
      • Performed with:
        3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, Chris Cornell, Heart, Eleven, Blues Saraceno, Clark Terry
      • Awards:
        Grammy with 3 Doors Down, 4 Billboard Music Awards with Puddle of Mudd
      • Studio Credit:
        3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd, Chris Cornell, Eleven, Tantric, Candlebox
      • Hobbies:
        Golf, cooking and writing music
    • Heather Lawson
      Performance Coaching, Voice

      Heather Lawson

      Performance Coaching, Voice
      • Teaching:
        Voice, Performance Artistry
      • Opened for:
        Wynonna, Taylor Swift
      • Performed with:
        Merging Blue, Pat Flynn, Marty Rowe, John Berry, Geoff Thurman.
      • Studio Credits:
        Merging Blue, John Cowan, Acappella, Pat Flynn
      • Hobbies:
        Animals, Gardening, Cooking
    • Jake Ohlbaum
      Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice

      Jake Ohlbaum

      Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice
      • Education:
        Education: Bachelor of Music, Berklee College of Music
      • Teaching:
        Piano, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Voice
      • Performed with:
        The Foxies (full-time member), Molly Rocket, Amy Allen, J.Marco, Jordy Shulman, and more.
      • Studio Credits:
        Southern Call, Jordy Shulman, Emily Desmond, and more.
      • Hobbies:
        Sports, Live Music, Movies, Theater
    • Jeff Spirko
      Violin, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice

      Jeff Spirko

      Violin, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice
      • Education:
        Cornell University
      • Teaching:
        Violin, Guitar, Piano, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Voice
      • Performed with/Opened For:
        The Southern Gothic, Ron Pope, Chris Stapleton, ZZ Top, Jake Owen, Kip Moore, Zac Brown, Heart, Foreigner, Styx, Corey Smith, Trent Tomlinson, Angie Aparo, Craig Campbell, Drivin n’ Cryin
      • Awards:
        “Instrumentalist of the Year” (2014) – Creative Loafing Magazine, “Artist on the Verge” – Billboard Magazine
      • Hobbies:
        Lacrosse, Ping Pong, all sports
    • Jesse Isley
      Guitar

      Jesse Isley

      Guitar
      • Education:
        Bachelor of Arts in music, Presbyterian College
      • Teaching:
        Guitar
      • Performed With:
        Mark Collie, High Valley, Lee Brice, Eastland, Will Hoge, Charlie Peacock, Ricky Skaggs, Bryan White, Andrew Peterson, Scott Mulvahill, Billy Bob Thornton, Marie Miller, Lee Roy Parnell, Tokens, Settles Connection
      • Performed At:
        Grand Ole Opry, Late Show with David Letterman, Today in Nashville, Opry at the Ryman
      • Hobbies:
        Any live music in Nashville, Homemade taco creations, Golf, Presidential History
    • Jim Frazier
      Guitar, Piano, Audio Engineering

      Jim Frazier

      Guitar, Piano, Audio Engineering
      • Education:
        North Texas State University
      • Teaching:
        Studio Production, Engineering, Guitar, Bass, Piano, Keyboard
      • Performed with:
        Phil Keaggy, Wild Cherry, Christopher Cross, Billy Gaines
      • Studio Credits:
        Brad Paisley, SheDaisy, 4 Him, Bebo Norman, Phil Keaggy
      • Hobbies:
        Painting, Home Improvement Projects
    • Jonathan Lawson
      Violin, Guitar, Mandolin

      Jonathan Lawson

      Violin, Guitar, Mandolin
      • Education:
        Violin Performance at Northern Arizona University, MBA at Belmont University
      • Teaching:
        Guitar, Violin, Mandolin
      • Performed with:
        The Railers, Sara Evans, Hunter Hayes, Brett Eldredge, Maroon 5, Dan & Shay, Carly Pearce, Corey Smith, Dwight Yoakam, Orla Fallon
      • Performed On:
        Good Morning America, Grand Ole Opry, Stagecoach Music Festival, The View
      • Hobbies:
        Fly Fishing, Golf, Backpacking, Hiking 
    • Jordan Lawson
      Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar

      Jordan Lawson

      Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar
      • Education:
        Northern Arizona University
      • Teaching:
        Violin, Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar
      • Performed with:
        Josh Turner, Sara Evans, The Railers,
        Hunter Hayes, Dan & Shay, Carly Pearce, Bret Eldredge, Carrie Underwood, Corey Smith, Orla Fallon, Hunter Hayes, Dwight Yoakam
      • Studio Credits:
        The Railers, Hunter Hayes, Aaron Watson
      • Performed on:
        The Grand Ole Opry, The Today Show, CMA Fest, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Martha Stewart Show, Emeril Live
      • Hobbies:
        Fly Fishing, Kayaking, Hiking, Coral Reefing
    • Michael Pichette
      Brass, Piano, Percussion, Guitar

      Michael Pichette

      Brass, Piano, Percussion, Guitar
      • Education:
        B.A Music Southern Adventist University 
      • Teaching:
        Brass, Percussion, Piano, Guitar
      • Hobbies:
        Woodworking, Camping, Canoeing, Rock Climbing
    • Michael Valeras
      Guitar

      Michael Valeras

      Guitar
      • Education:
        Masters in Guitar Performance, B.A. Music Education
      • Teaching:
        Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
      • Performed with:
        Larry Coryell, The Platters, The Coasters, Kelly Lang
      • Hobbies:
        Fitness, Movies
    • Steve Bishir
      Audio Engineering, Recording

      Steve Bishir

      Audio Engineering, Recording
      • Education:
        Belmont University
      • Teaching:
        Studio Production, Audio Engineering, Mix Engineering
      • Grammy Awards:
        Amy Grant, Third Day, Steven Curtis Chapman, Cece Winans
      • Studio Credits:
        Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Steve Savage, Tin Cup Gypsy, 1000 Generations, Michael W. Smith
      • Hobbies:
        Horses Adoption
    • Sydney Lau
      Voice, Piano

      Sydney Lau

      Voice, Piano
      • Education:
        B.A. Music Education, Anderson University
      • Teaching:
        Voice, Piano
      • Performed with:
        Delvin Choice, Doug Norwine
      • Hobbies:
        Writing music, painting, crafting, cats
    • Tabitha Fair
      Voice, Performance Coaching

      Tabitha Fair

      Voice, Performance Coaching
      • Teaches:
        Voice, Performance Artistry
      • Performed With:
        Lady Gaga, Sting, Rascal Flatts, Stevie Wonder, Sara Bareilles, Michael McDonald, Sam Moore, John Legend, Jimmy Fallon’s The Roots
      • Studio Credits:
        U2, Rosanne Cash, Bette Midler, Citizen Cope, Wynonna Judd, Faith Hill, Lee Ann Womack, Trisha Yearwood, Amy Grant
      • Songs Recorded By:
        Carole King
      • Hobbies:
        Hiking, Jogging, Movies, Travel