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Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios

1200 17th Ave S

Nashville, TN 37212

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WAMCon Nashville

WAMCon Nashville is an interactive recording conference for women (including transgender or cisgender; non-binary and gender non-conforming individuals) presented by Women's Audio Mission and Change the Conversation, and hosted by The Tracking Room and Belmont University's Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios. WAMCon Nashville is generously sponsored by Spotify, Eventide, Epidemic Sound, Walt Disney Studios, iZotope, Shure and Universal Audio.

Don't miss this immersive experience with award-winning music producers, recording engineers, songwriters, and record executives involved in making the music you love most! This event is perfect for aspiring producers and engineers as well as musicians and students interested in the recording and music industries.

**Special notes: The conference takes place at a different location each day. Parking at each venue is extremely limited (options listed below). Heavy traffic is expected with the NFL Draft and Rock 'n' Roll Marathon both taking place over the weekend. Please plan accordingly!**

Saturday, April 27, 2019 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: The Tracking Room, 2 Music Cir E, Nashville, TN 37203

6:00pm - 6:45pm - Registration and Reception at The Tracking Room

6:45pm - 7:00pm - Welcome by Women's Audio Mission & Change the Conversation

7:00pm - 7:50pm - "Celebrating Nashville Producers and Engineers" panel with Gena Johnson, Jordan Brooke Hamlin, Shani Gandhi, and Rachel Moore, moderated by Tracy Gershon

7:55pm - 8:45pm - "Studio Perspectives: Songwriting, Producing, Engineering and Mastering" panel with Linda Perry, Emily Lazar, Jenn Decilveo and Simone Torres, moderated by Terri Winston

8:45pm - 9:00pm - Q & A

Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 9:30am - 5:30pm

Location: Ocean Way Nashville Studios, 1200 17th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

9:30am - 10:00am - Registration at Ocean Way Nashville Studios

10:00am - 11:10am - Immersive Workshops

  • Songwriting and Production: Demo Feedback with Linda Perry (Studio A Live Room)
  • Career Q & A with Nashville Recording Artist Clare Dunn (Studio A Lounge)
  • Deconstructing a Mix with Shani Gandhi (Studio A Control Room)
  • Producers: Emotional and Technique in Recording Sessions with Jordan Brooke Hamlin (Studio B Live & Control Rooms)
  • Deconstructing the Production of a Song with Jenn Decilveo (Studio C)

11:30am - 12:40pm - Immersive Workshops

  • Songwriting and Production: Demo Feedback with Linda Perry (Studio A Live Room)
  • The New Age of Music Licensing with Epidemic Sound (Studio A Lounge)
  • Deconstructing a Mix with Shani Gandhi (Studio A Control Room)
  • Mic Techniques: Acoustic Guitar Recording Session with Jordan Brooke Hamlin & Gena Johnson (Studio B Live & Control Rooms)
  • Deconstructing the Production of a Song with Jenn Decilveo (Studio C)

12:40pm - 1:40pm - Lunch

2:00pm - 3:10pm - Immersive Workshops

  • The Art of Mastering with Emily Lazar (Studio A Live Room)
  • The New Age of Music Licensing with Epidemic Sound (Studio A Lounge)
  • Vocal Production for Platinum Records with Simone Torres (Studio A Control Room)
  • Mic Techniques: Electric Guitar Recording Session with Racahel Moore ft. Clare Dunn (Studio B Live & Control Rooms)
  • Music Industry Roles: How to Carve Your Place with Gena Johnson (Studio C)

3:30pm - 4:40pm - Immersive Workshops

  • Climate Change: The Current Environment for Women in Music with Change the Conversation (Studio A Live Room)
  • Professional Songwriting with a Hit Songwriter with Melissa Peirce (Studio A Lounge)
  • Vocal Production for Platinum Records with Simone Torres (Studio A Control Room)
  • Recording Techniques for Drum Sessions with Terri Winston (Studio B Live & Control Rooms)
  • Mastering Q & A with Emily Lazar (Studio C)

4:50pm - 5:30pm - Closing Conversation (Studio A Live Room)

Presenting Partner



In the ocean of one-of-a-kind musicians, Linda Perry truly stands out. Her career epitomizes what it means to be successful as an uncompromising and independent musician. Beginning her musical journey as the lead singer of 4 Non Blondes, Linda has had a profound impact on pop culture through her work as a producer and songwriter. Her resounding influence on female empowerment resonates through her sincere artistry, which has helped shape the sounds of musicians such as P!nk, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, and Adele. Linda was inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2015 as a testament to her status as a musical icon. Most recently, she co-founded We Are Hear, a combination record label, publishing house and management company.


Renowned Mastering Engineer, Emily Lazar has mastered thousands of albums with musical luminaries such as: Foo Fighters, Beck, Coldplay, David Bowie, Sia, Panic! At the Disco, Maggie Rogers, Dolly Parton, Garbage, Sonic Youth, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed, Morrissey, Depeche Mode, Tiësto, Vampire Weekend, Björk and many others. Lazar is the first female mastering engineer to win the Best Engineered Album (Non-Classical) Grammy, which she won for her work on Beck's Colors. She received three additional Grammy nominations and was the first female mastering engineer to be nominated for a Grammy for Best Engineered Album Non-Classical for Bird and the Bee's (Greg Kurstin and Inara George) album, Recreational Love. Emily has been featured in such publications as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Mix, Sound on Sound and Electronic Musician and gave the closing keynote address at The Audio Engineering Society (AES) Convention in 2017. Currently she is serving her fourth term on the Board of Governors for The Recording Academy and is the Co-Chair of the NY Chapter’s Producers and Engineers Wing.


Shani Gandhi is an Australian music producer/engineer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her career in Nashville has paired her with such producers as Gary Paczosa, Michael Wagener, Neal Cappellino, and Marshall Altman. Gandhi has engineered and mixed albums for the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dierks Bentley, Kelsea Ballerini, Sarah Jarosz, and Parker Millsap. In 2017, Gandhi received a Grammy Award for Best Folk Album as Engineer for Sarah Jarosz’s, Undercurrent. She was also nominated for Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical, along with Gary Paczosa, for the same album.


Simone Torres is a Multi-Platinum, Grammy Nominated, engineer, vocal producer, and vocalist from New York who works alongside five-time Grammy Award-Winning Vocal Producer Kuk Harrell. Simone has worked with artists such as Jessie J, Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Sia, Usher, Dua Lipa, DNCE, and more. You can learn more about Simone on simonetorres.com and keep up with her on instagram @officialsimonetorres. Simone has also recently started an alternate Instagram account to help mentor up and coming engineers and producers. For more on that check out @asksimonet.


Ann Mincieli, longtime engineer and studio coordinator for Alicia Keys, has channelled her talents into making Jungle a technical prowess featuring the very best in vintage and modern technology. With over twenty years of experience in the music business, Ann Mincieli has travelled the world engineering for some of the industry’s most renowned artists: Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Drake, Mariah Carey, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, and Whitney Houston, to name a few. Aside from engineering, Ann, a partner in the Jungle City Studios experience, has been able to merge all her experiences and masterfully feature them in what has become Jungle City Studios.


Clare Dunn is an American country artist from southeastern Colorado. After support from satellite radio as a "Highway Find" on The Highway (Sirius XM), she signed with Universal Music Group Nashville and BMG. She has opened for many notable country acts such as Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Jr., and Trace Adkins. Dunn released her debut single, Get Out, in 2013, becoming the highest charting independent female artist on the Music Row Country Breakout chart in ten years. Clare graciously agreed to participate in WAMCon Nashville in the middle of her CMT Next Women of Country Tour!


Hero is a Polynesian singer/performer from Hawaii. Her extended Hawaiian family own a four time award winning Luau Show called Island Breeze Productions Inc. where she earned the title of ’Professional Polynesian Luau Dancer’ at a young age and performed regularly. Since her move to the mainland she worked for four years as a lead singer in one of Boston’s most popular corporate/wedding bands. Hero has worked alongside prestigious artists such as Lukas Nelson and Will.i.am from Black Eyed Peas. Shared the stage with Janet Jackson, Metallica, Lionel Richie and Jerry Seinfeld and was apart of opening up for Stevie Wonder in Atlanta at The Georgia Dome. She is currently the lead female singer under touring artist LT Smooth.


Originally from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, now Nashville-based songwriter Melissa Peirce has written songs on albums that have collectively sold over 12 million units, have been streamed over 120 million times, and have garnered over 115 million YouTube views. Her most notable genre-spanning cuts include songs for Carrie Underwood, Garth Brooks, Reba McIntire, Lady Antebellum, Sabrina Carpenter, Hunter Hayes, Joss Stone, Bea Miller, Olivia Holt, and many more. She’s written 5 smash singles, including Tyler Farr’s chart-topping hit “A Guy Walks Into A Bar”, which earned her a BMI award as well as NSAI’s coveted peer-voted “Top 10 Songs I Wish I’d Written” award. Since 2017, Melissa’s co-written "Happily Ever After" can be heard nightly as theme of the nighttime fireworks spectacular at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Orlando.


Gena Johnson has worked with artists including Brandi Carlile and Kacey Musgraves, and she was an assistant engineer on Musgraves’ Grammy-nominated album, "Pageant Material". In addition to the Grammy nod in the “Best Country Album” category at the 58th Grammy Awards in February, the album also made numerous “Best Albums of 2015” in various categories.


Rachael Moore is a staff engineer at Nashville's Sound Emporium recording studios. She has worked with such high profile artists as Trisha Yearwood, Lucas Nelson, McCrary Sisters, Garth Brooks, Darrell Scott, I’m With Her, Alison Krauss, Billy Gibbons, Old Crow Medicine Show, Kelly Clarkson, Brittany Howard, Josh Ritter, Iron and Wine, and Jason Isbell. Rachael joined Sound Emporium in the Spring of 2015 and continues to work among world-renowned producers and engineers in Nashville's historical musical treasure.


Jordan Brooke Hamlin is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, engineer and music producer based in Nashville, TN. A lifelong advocate for Creatives, she co-owns and operates a 20 acre, 4000 SQ ft immersive studio called MOXE in Nashville, TN. Hamlin recently produced new records for the Grammy-award winning duo, Indigo Girls and Lucy Wainwright Roche. Her contributions both on stage and in studio have included collaborations with Brandi Carlile, Ruby Amanfu, Rachael Yamagata, Missy Higgins, Katie Herzig, Dar Williams and The Nashville Ballet.


Jennifer Decilveo is an American Grammy-nominated and Brit-nominated songwriter and producer based in Los Angeles. She has written and produced for numerous artists including Beth Ditto of The Gossip, Anne-Marie, Bat for Lashes, Ryn Weaver and Andra Day on her critically acclaimed album Cheers to the Fall. The album was nominated for Best R&B Album and the album's main single, "Rise Up", was nominated for Best R&B Performance at the 2016 Grammy Awards. Decilveo and Day are winners of BET's 2016 Soul Train Music Awards The Ashford & Simpson Songwriter's Award.


Beverly Keel is chair of MTSU’s Department of Recording Industry, where she has been a professor since 1995. She is also an award-winning music journalist and pop culture commentator who has covered the music industry for more than 25 years. She writes for Parade magazine and The Tennessean and has served as a music industry management/publicity consultant for artists including Jamey Johnson, Lionel Richie, and Scotty McCreery.


Tracy Gershon has discovered, nurtured and developed a wide range of top-selling musical talent during her multi-faceted career as an A&R executive, a music publishing VP, and as an artist manager. During her A&R career at Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, Gershon signed award-winning platinum-seller Miranda Lambert and help guide the careers of top stars that include Blake Shelton, Randy Travis and Faith Hill. Gershon, in association with Red Light Management, currently oversees the career of artist Natalie Stovall while serving as an independent artist development, music publishing and A&R consultant for a variety of clients. In 2014, she co-founded "Change The Conversation," a coalition addressing gender bias within the music industry. The group provides education and helps to foster a supportive community of female executives and artists.


Leslie Fram is the senior VP of music strategy for CMT and is indelibly associated with heightened attention to the issues facing women in the genre, not just as the driving force behind her network’s ongoing Next Women of Country initiative, but as a co-founder of the awareness group Change the Conversation.


Kristina is the Chief of Music at Epidemic Sound. With managerial experience at companies such as TV4, Cederqvist and PRMD Publishing LLC, Kristina has developed a unique understanding of the affinity between a successful company and an artist-centric work ethic; whatever her position, she has fiercely protected and championed the rights of musicians and artists.


Katt Matt oversees Creative Licensing for Epidemic Sound in North America. Prior to Epidemic Sound, Katt worked with Steve Gordon, ESQ. clearing music for The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture; she worked in the licensing department for legacy label and publisher ABKCO Music & Records where she mastered her craft of synch pitching and licensing. Katt has landed Epidemic Sound synch placements with Netflix, HBO, Showtime, and many others. Katt has also landed commercial placements for Lexus, LG and Target.


As a Senior Licensing Manager at Epidemic Sound, Ashlee Chanelle has the pleasure of helping individual content creators, production companies, and brands soundtrack their digital content with quality music while supporting highly talented music creators at the same time. She is a 2009 honors graduate of the Institute of Audio Research, winner of their 2009 Best Mix Award, and a featured alumni. During her studio years, Ashlee had the pleasure of either assistant engineering, mixing, producing, or live sound designing for artists such as J. Quiles, Don Neil, Lori Michaels, Haus of Gaga’s Lady Starlight, Cáthia, Jason Martin + Power Animal Systems, Andrew Barret Cox, Breedlove, Gina Volpe, producer Barb Morrison, R.e.a.P, B3B3′, Mitchell Royel, Gabbie Giftsz, and more.


Zephrah Soto is the Music Licensing Coordinator for North America at Epidemic Sound. A 2017 REMU alum, she is an accomplished singer, songwriter, music producer, and engineer. Zephrah has worked at various recording studios around the nation, including Honolulu's Blue Planet Sound as Assistant Engineer, JAMBOX Entertainment in the heart of Manhattan as Studio Manager and House Engineer, and the legendary Avatar Studios in NYC. Specializing in Pop & R&B, she co-runs a recording studio (Zeke & Zeph) in Astoria, Queens.


Ellen has been called "one of the greatest utility players in Nashville" by the Nashville Scene. She has been featured on numerous records (Uncle Kracker, Ty Herndon, Alanna Royale, Becca Mancari, Wheeler Walker Jr., Sonia Leigh, etc.) and has played just about everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to Križanke. She also busies herself producing YouTube videos for Fanny's House of Music, and writes and performs her own music.


Terri Winston is Founder and Executive Director of Women's Audio Mission and a former Professor and Director of the Sound Recording Arts Program at City College of San Francisco. Her career as a songwriter, composer, recording engineer, and producer spans 30 years. Winston was signed by Polygram and BMG, and has shared the stage with P.J. Harvey, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Flaming Lips and Fugazi. In the studio she has worked with Lenny Kaye of the Patti Smith Group, Greg Hawkes of The Cars, Kronos Quartet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, Wu Man, and Tanya Tagaq. Winston holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University.


Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios are located in the heart of Nashville’s famous Music Row. Among the world’s finest recording facilities, its client roster reads like a who’s who of the music world spanning a range of styles from pop/rock to country to classical. Housed in a 100-year-old Gothic revival grey stone church, Ocean Way Nashville provides an exceptional acoustical space tuned specifically for music recording in the rich visual beauty of a church sanctuary. Besides working on countless hit records, Ocean Way Nashville has become a favorite destination for orchestral recording and scores film and video game projects for major companies around the world.


The Tracking Room is the biggest recording studio in Nashville. Built in the mid-1990s by famed studio architect Tom Hidley, the 6,500 sq. ft. space was designed for impeccable sound quality. Hidley’s impressive implementation of German-built “floating floors,” created the studio using room within rooms. There are five ISO (isolation) booths, including a reverb chamber called the “Stone Room” that is frequently used for percussion. Each chamber features unique characteristics, plus doors designed by NASA to eliminate sound leakage. These features have drawn some of the world’s most famous artists and musicians into the creative space- and is even where the highest selling country music album of all time was recorded, also known as, ‘Come On Over’ by Shania Twain.


SUNDAY, 4/28: Ocean Way Nashville Studios, 1200 17th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212 (MAP)

Parking at the venue will be extremely limited. You may be able to find street parking nearby, or you can try one of the following public parking lots:

SATURDAY, 4/27: The Tracking Room, 2 Music Circle E, Nashville, TN 37203 (MAP)

Parking will be limited here as well. The following public lots are nearby, if you cannot find street parking:
  • Overflow parking for nearby businesses: 16th Avenue & McGavock Street (7 minute walk)

  • SP+ Parking: 201 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203 (6 minute walk)

  • The Morris (SP+ Parking): 818 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (11 minute walk)


The Tracking Room:

  • There is a ramp that allows guests to access the entire facility.

Ocean Way Nashville Recording Studios:

  • There is a ramp up to the building entrance; however, once inside, there are stairs leading into a few of the rooms, including the main studio.

WAM is dedicated to ensuring WAMCon is accessible to everyone, and we are happy to assist people in navigating the space however possible. Please contact us if you would like to arrange accommodations or have any concerns. Thank you!



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1200 17th Ave S

Nashville, TN 37212

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