The Music Business Association (Music Biz) has today (April 10) announced that Kelly Clarkson will join Julie Greenwald, Chairman and CEO of the Atlantic Records Group, and moderator Ann Powers, for the Music’s Leading Ladies Speak Out presentation at the convention. The event will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville.
The presentation is set to explore the theme of creative partnerships, with Clarkson talking about her decision to join Greenwald and her team at Atlantic Records. The two will also share stories of their experiences in the music industry and explain how they were able to achieve success on their own terms. The event will also feature a presentation from Erin Crawford, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Nielsen Music.
Speaking about Clarkson's addition to the panel, James Donio, President of Music Biz said: “Kelly has had an amazing whirlwind ride through the music industry over the past 15 years, beginning with winning the first season of American Idol, and then achieving massive solo success with her first two albums Thankful and Breakaway. She is definitely a role model, and we look forward to hearing the career insights she has gained so far. We expect that everyone in our audience — especially aspiring young professionals — will be inspired by her experiences as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer, wife, and mother.”
Music Biz 2017 returns to Nashville from May 15-18, and will feature keynotes from Atlantic Records Group Chairman and COO Julie Greenwald, Spotify’s Global Head of Creator Services Troy Carter, Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Music Agents Jeff Krones and Hunter Williams, Cracker Barrel’s VP of Marketing Don Hoffman, Universal Music Group’s Exec.
A special line-up of Digital Service Workshops from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, Soundcloud, Spotify, and YouTube/Google Play will mark an unprecedented first for the music industry as Music Biz will bring these companies together in one place for one day packed with information about how to leverage the tools and products that these companies offer to maximize value for artists, labels, managers, creators, and the industry at large.
Clarkson is currently in the studio working on her highly-anticipated new album, her first for Atlantic Records, which will be released later this year.