Ralph B. DavisManaging Editor
December 31, 2012
WILLIAMSON — A local country music vocalist recently signed with a Nashville-based artist development group in order to sculpt her into readiness for taking the musical world by storm.
Renea Jones, of Delbarton, spoke with the Daily News regarding her signing with PCG Nashville , an organization with a program which specializes on the a recording artist’s needs.
The 29-year-old singer had already signed with Lyrick Talent Group Inc., headed by President John Carlin, earlier in the year. She said that Carlin had gone to Nashville to pitch her music to PCG Nashville , which liked what it heard and invited Renea down to audition and interview.
Renea’s signing means that she is well on her way to being the next big thing in the music business. As she put it, the PCG Nashville will “prepare and get her ready for a future record deal.”
PCG Nashville is ran by Bernard Porter, who worked in signing Jason Aldean and served as a regional judge for Nashville Star as a few of his credentials. Renea mentioned that Teddy Gentry, bassist for legendary county group Alabama, also works with talent at the company.
“I’ll be working in and out of Nashville each month with producers, songwriters, media relation specialists, voice coaches and so on,” Renea said. “I’ll also be performing in and out of Nashville.”
Although, she said that the program also goes by another name:
“Musician bootcamp,” she said, laughing. “I’ll be working 1-on-1 with other musicians signed there and I’ll be receiving guitar lessons from a guy who’s in the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.”
Through her work, she’ll attempt to earn the right to get pitched to a record company.
She traveled to Nashville for business, but still managed to sightsee a bit of the city that she’ll around for her year-long deal. Renea mentioned that she stopped by 16th and 17th Avenues, where record company buildings call home, the Grand Ole Opry, where she dreams of performing at, honky-tonk bars where she probably will perform at and the Governor’s Club, where country music stars like Carrie Underwood and Porter himself call home. Her signing actually took place in his living room, Renea said.
Renea made the trip there with Carlin and her boyfriend, Roger Prater. Roger, Renea said, has been very supportive of her music and has encouraged her to pursue her dreams in Nashville.
“He’s very happy that I’m able to go,” Renea said. The two have been together off and on, she said, for around 10 years.
A nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Pikeville Medical Center, Renea said that she is prepared for the task at hand in becoming a better musician.
“It’s going to be a challenge, but I’m used to the fast-paced, high-stress and exciting life,” Renea said.
She also said that her job has made her more aware of her own mortality, and that time didn’t last forever.
“You’ve got to buckle down and do it, or your dreams are going to pass you by.”
And she’s on her way. Renea said that she was told that this was the first time a West Virginia had been signed by PCG Nashville, who works with artists from across the globe.
But just because she’s headed to Nashville to better herself as a musician, she’s not leaving home behind. She’ll still be performing locally. In fact, her next performance is set for Saturday, Jan. 12, at the Mountain Arts Center. Renea, along with all the other talent from Lyrick Talent Group, Inc., will perform that night. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.
She’ll be traveling to Nashville after the performance, sometime during the second week of January.
When she was last interviewed by the Daily News, she said that that she saw herself, within one year, as “a more powerful singer with more stage presence,” and within five years that she would “love to have my own album out with original songs on it. I’d love to have my own video and perform at the Grand Ole Opry.”
While her signing hasn’t quite hit her yet, Renea said her dreams seem a lot closer to reality now.
“I know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Renea said. “I’ve got to make the most of it. It’s life-changing. So I’m staying grounded and working hard. I’m not going to Nashville to goof off.”