nashville, Tennessee ( United States)
Steven B Riley, of CMG NASHVILLE is a multi -talented industry professional experienced in recording, video production, television and live performance. His concentration on being in the forefront of the independent music scene in America is proving that his experience and dedication to the music industry is creating a buzz in the developing music centers in the United States. Along with the record company background, Steve is a well known promoter over the years of events and shows that happen to include his historic Music City event MUSIC FEST that let the City of Nashville know that INDEPENDENTS were here, getting stronger and putting the City on notice that the music business was changing. The successful well attended four day event was held in the Municipal Auditorium in the center of Nashville during CMA's FAN FAIR It not only started something for independent artists from all across the nation and Canada, it led the following year for this four day event boldly taking the independent MUSIC FEST and their multi- artist presentation to the TENNEESSEE FAIRGROUNDS (former home of the long running CMA FAN FAIR).Steve takes heart and a great deal of pride in the fact that he saw the future clearly for the Independent artist and provided a venue for them to perform and to learn through workshops the value of their contribution to the music industry. Taking all of that experience, Steve started CMG records to build stars for his own company. Building CMG slowly, Steve has seen the word 'independent' record company in Nashville take on an all new exciting meaning in the twenty first Century. Steve, like so many music industry 'survivors' has seen first hand the changes in the record industry, the demise of the twenty five active major labels or the affiliates of the majors dwindle to five and the smaller labels emerge as the 'exciting' future of the business. Steve has seen it all. His musical career began at an early age as a musician, song writer and entertainer. In 1976 he was signed as an artist to a major Independent label and achieved substantial success as a recording artist. Several of his songs gained regional hit status and this allowed him to tour the Midwest and South playing a variety of venues with such musical greats as Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Steve had traveled throughout America performing and he found himself drawn to the new excitement of video work in Music City. He began as a camera operator for a local Nashville TV station then as director and producer of several independent shows and artist music videos. After developing his own video production company in 1996, he continued to hire out his services for a variety of video productions. Several of his music videos received acceptance and airplay on both the CMT network and GAC network. In 2004 he was nominated for the Christian Country Music Association’s "Video of the Year as seen on GAC (Great American Country) for his production of the music video “Can the World See Jesus in You” performed by the group Young Harmony. In a recent interview for the Canadian Country Music News in Ottawa, Steve was recalled the major impact that the Music Fest had on his life. He stated "The most trying, difficult, but still the meaningful time I have experienced in Nashville has to be the time when a group of associates and I, created the first and only Independent Music Fest event in Nashville TN. To stage a four day 'independent' event during the week of the Country Music Association's ( CMA ) annual Fan Fair event and have it be a great success with more than 80 artists and name artists performing from the country genre, that was really something. It took a great deal of effort and money to promote independents back then and after 2 successful years, and substantial growth each year, we felt political pressure from the CMA and Nashville city officials, who saw the event as competition to the annual CMA Fan Fair event. Looking back, I wouldn't have changed anything because during that time I made friends I still have today and I've got valuable connections with many country music artists, managers and influential music industry people. It is not a coincidence that the following year, the CMA changed their name to almost match ours. We proved that winds of change come from independents" With Steve's strong music background, the experience from MUSIC FEST and his new found contacts, he found himself being asked to assist new artists and associates in the recording studio with the production of their musical albums. This led him back to his musical roots and his love of music, in 2005 he started his own CMG NASHVILLE It is now a growing company with some great artists.
Co-creator/producer of American Music Showcase, shown on Nashville, TN on COMCAST Channel 49 and creator and producer of Independent Music Fest held in Nashville 2001 and 2002, Steven Ebb’s love of music started with his family in the church. The 70’s brought the beginnings of a 15 year music industry career spanning performances with rockers Greg Allan and Isaac Hayes to a move to country music in the early ‘80s. He opened for or performed with David Allen Cole, Loretta Lynn, David Frizz ell, Conway Twisty, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, T.G. Shepherd, Roger Miller and Tanya Tucker throughout the South and Eastern United States. As owner of V2 Productions, a Nashville based video services company, he believes, “a quality artist of any age should be given the same respect and opportunities available to the major label artists." "I have been very fortunate to have performed with many top music artists. I also have been very fortunate to have had many of the top artists in front of my cameras in the last few years" Riley states. Viewing a list of those artists he has taped looks like reading an award show roster with George Jones, Porter Wagner, Razz Bailey, Bill Anderson, Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, John Coulee, The Hangers, Billy Walker, Ken Melons, David Frizz ell, Garth Brooks, Stonewall Jackson, Hank Cochran, Red Lane, Stella Patron, the late Roy Cuff and on and on. With over a decade of personal experience in the recording studio, he is currently producing multiple recording projects for up and coming artists. In addition, with over 15 years of extensive experience in multi-camera shoots, audio production, television program development and music video production, he is also: Producer of "Can the World See Jesus in You" for Southern Gospel group, Young Harmony. Nominated for the Christian Country Music Association’s "Video of the Year-2004 as seen on GAC (Great American Country) Producer of Razz Bailey’s video "Long Black Veil" featuring a duet with Johnny Cash with special guest, Danny Dill, co-writer of the ever popular song which has also aired on rotation on GAC. Producer of "Man in Black" European market tribute video to the late Johnny Cash by International Norwegian artist, Arly. Producer of "White House, TN" video by Angela Dawn as a tribute to the legendary late Jim Varney aka "Ernest" from the legendary Ernest movie series including "Ernest Saves Christmas", "Ernest Goes to Camp, and the commercials he made famous with his saying of "Ya Know Whatta I Mean Vern?" Serves as Vice-President of Broadcast and Television for The National Association of Christian Artists--www.naca1.org Serves as Broadcast Director and Co-Producer for Talent Search TV --Created by Mark Dreyer Productions in Nashville, TN Conceptualized, instituted and co-produced Independent MusicFest held in Nashville, TN in 2001 and 2002 Created and developed Nashville Video Showcase (sold in 1994 and currently still being produced on Nashville COMCAST Channel 19) Created Tennessee Jamboree (co-produced with the late legendary Chuck Seals) airing in West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina Created, developed and produced West Georgia Jam in Carrollton, GA