Indie Artist Careers

Professor Butler

Music Industry Veteran

also: Attorney, Executive, Educator


Career Highlights:

  • A seasoned veteran of the music industry with more than 14 years of experience as an entertainment attorney and record label executive

  • She is currently Director of the Music Industry Program at Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Has 10 years of undergraduate and graduate level teaching experience as Course Director of Entertainment Marketing and Entertainment Media Distribution at The Los Angeles Film School

  • She holds a Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law and a Master of Laws in Entertainment and Media from Southwestern University School of Law/Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, England.

  • Professional affiliations have included President of the NABFEME (National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment) Memphis network, Executive Board member of MEIEA (Music and Entertainment Industry Educators Association), voting member and former Governor of the Memphis Chapter of the Recording Academy and Chair Emeritus of the Memphis and Shelby County Music Commission


Other Business:

  • Associate Professor of Music Business at MTSU (Middle Tennessee State University)

  • Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Music Business at the University of Memphis

  • Adjunct Professor of ADR at the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law​

Brian Ashley Jones

Performing Singer/Songwriter

Also: Recording session guitarist, touring lead guitarist/bassist


Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Country


Career Highlights:

  • Thousands of concerts around the USA, Canada, and Europe

  • Hundreds of recording sessions in Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, London, UK, Washington, DC, Dresden, Germany, etc.

  • Guest music industry panelist at Americana Music Association Conference (2017), Southwest Regional Folk Alliance 2016, Southeast Regional Folk Alliance 2017, We R Indie Conference 2012

  • Three album releases: “Come Out and Play” 1995, “Courier” 2007 and “Out of the City” in 2015 with tours throughout the US, Canada and Europe

  • Songs cut by: Adam Fisher, Aly Sutton, Donna Hopkins, Greg Humphries, Doug Jones, Arlo Finch, Hudson K, and others

  • Songs in television and film


Other Business:

  • MBM Music Business Mentor

  • Owner of Brick House Studio in East Nashville, TN.

Jennifer Ferguson Smith

Performing Singer/Songwriter

Also: Session musician (guitar, cello, voice & voice over), studio owner and consultant


Genre: Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Pop/Rock


Career Highlights: 

  • Shared stages with John Mayer, Joe Cocker, Mick Taylor, Foreigner, Dan Fogelberg & more. 

  • 6 Album releases (Naked Blue) with tours throughout the US, Europe and Canada.

  • Touring as a background singer for Crack the Sky. 

  • Recording with Pete Brown (Rattlesnake Guitar - Peter Green Tribute), Ivan Neville, George Porter, Jr and Johnny Lee Schell.

  • Songs & recordings placed in film & tv - Bring It On 6 (Universal), America’s Top Model (VH1), The Smokers (MGM), Dead Above Ground (LionsGate), Sex, Drugs & Democracy (RedHat), Second To Die (New Concorde), Brooklyn South (Steven Bochco), About Sarah (CBS), Jack & Jill (WB), The Young & the Restless (CBS), The Girl Next Door (Berns Brothers), June, Mean Leben un Ich.

  • Songs cut by Evangeline (MCA) and Troy Turner (Telarc)

  • Guest Speaker and Panelist: Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (DC), Free Fall Baltimore / Baltimore Office of Promotion (MD), Teacher - Acoustic Alaska Guitar Camp (AK) 2006, 2010 & 2018, TAXI (Los Angeles): “Success Stories”, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (MD & PA): Panelist “How to Get Noticed in the Music Business”.


Other Business: 

  • Co-Owner of The Wood and Stone Room Recording Studio, Baltimore, MD

  • Consulting, Branding & Business Planning for Independent Music Releases

  • Creator/Co-Host of The Wood and Stone Songwriting Retreat

  • Partner, Music Business Mentoring (Peer Acumen)

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