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Tracy Gershon - Judge
With her extensive experience in the both record label and publishing industries, Tracy Gershon is in a unique position to encourage the contestants of Nashville Star as they search for their own artistic style. Gershon helped choose the pool of 12 finalists, and as the weeks progress, she will help determine which contestant has the greatest ability to interpret a song, captivate an audience, and, most importantly, sell records. Her comments will also help inform the home audience, who will ultimately be responsible for electing the very first Nashville Star.
A native of Los Angeles, Gershon began her music career booking concerts for the University of California in Santa Barbara. After graduation, Gershon went to work for Avalon Attractions as a concert promoter, and in 1982, she left Avalon to work for Backstreet/MCA Records as Senior Director of Creative Services. Soon after, she became Vice President of Wavelength Video, one of the premier music video pools.
Because of her passion for country music, Gershon started her own management company, eventually representing Warner/Reprise Artist Rosie Flores and Curb Artist Jann Browne, among others. While maintaining her management company, Gershon was also hired as a song-plugger in 1988 by EMI Music. Gershon worked for EMI in Los Angeles for a year and then re-located to Nashville, where she was made Director of Creative Services for EMI Nashville.
In 1989, Gershon was hired by Sony/ATV/Tree Music to run their pop division as well as exploit their country catalogue. In 1992, Gershon was appointed Senior Director of Talent Acquisition, and was responsible for signing acts such as The Mavericks, Joe Ely, Carlene Carter, and James House.
In 1995 Gershon left Sony to become Vice-President of A&R at Imprint Records, where she was responsible for the signing and development of all artists on their roster.
In January 1998, Gershon joined the Fitzgerald-Hartley Management Team as a partner in the High Seas Music Publishing Company and the Gershon Music Group. The partnership was set up to include special projects such as album compilations, soundtracks, and music supervision and film opportunities.
Gershon sits on the Board of Directors of Leadership Music, NARAS, and The Actors Bridge Theater Group, and currently serves as an A&R consultant at Columbia Records for Sony Nashville, New York, and Los Angeles. She is the sister of actress Gina Gershon.
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