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ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest voice and piano mentor, Emmoe Doniz. Emmoe Doniz (voice • piano) finally comes home to Nashville to join the ROOTS team as its newest mentor. Emmoe began singing at age 13, leading worship at 16, and after joining the band D. Clea, discovered a passion for teaching music.… Read More »

ROOTS is excited to introduce our newest drum mentor, Dennis Palmer. Dennis Palmer (drums) has been drumming for 25 years and has played professionally for a number of groups including: Sweetwater Rose, Susan Benjey, Harlow and the Wager, Soular 7, The Solomon’s Porch Band, Rachel Harlow, Megan Santi, Lauren Maze and Tom & Co. He… Read More »

We’re in the Christmas spirit around here at ROOTS. Several of our staff and mentors shared some sweet Christmas memories, traditions, and favorite moments from the past year. Have a memory to share? We’d love to hear it. Leave a comment below.     Susan Russell, Music Program Director Favorite Christmas memory: “One of my… Read More »

We asked the mentors and staff at ROOTS about what they’re grateful for…. we thought you might enjoy the responses as well. What are you celebrating? Leave a comment below! What are you most grateful for? “I’m grateful for family. This year has been one of loss, challenge, and growth for us. The trials can… Read More »

ROOTS Academy welcomes Joe Tounge, our newest drum mentor and proud Bostonian! Joe Tounge (drums) studied classical percussion at Gordon College in Boston, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music (and a minor in math). He currently works as a drummer and writer for a licensed music therapist and plays drums as part… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest voice mentor, Crystal Kade. Crystal Kade (voice) was born and raised in California. She grew up competing in dance where she discovered her love for music and performing at an early age. She has a passion for the arts and sharing her gift through her choreography, songwriting, and teaching. She is… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest piano mentor, Krystol Wade … Krystol Wade (piano) started piano lessons at age 7 because she wanted to play the violin, but her dad encouraged her to learn the piano first. She calls it “the best thing I was ever made to do.” Thanks to her parents, she stuck with it and eventually… Read More »

ROOTS welcomes its newest guitar and bass mentor, Dave Mohr. Dave Mohr (guitar • bass) is a recording artist and guitarist with the group The Era, with his wife Nicole and her sister. Previously he played for Remedy Drive, which was nominated for “Best Rock Song of the Year.” These days he’s focusing on teaching… Read More »

Musical theater fans, rejoice! ROOTS welcomes Anna Carroll, our newest vocal mentor Anna Carroll (voice) loves using the arts to teach people about identity and who they are meant to be. There’s little doubt Carroll has found her calling in musical theater. The Belmont University grad received the school’s highest honor “The Margie” for excellence… Read More »

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