Music Industry Executive Shawn Pennington Teams Up with the VSA Tennessee Young Soloist Competition

Vision. Strength. Artistic Expression.: The State Organization on Arts and Disability

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - (February 20, 2017) - Veteran music executive and CEO of Pennington Entertainment, Shawn Pennington, and producer Steve Peffier joined forces with VSA Tennessee in providing the opportunity for people with disabilities a platform to display their musical talents through the VSA Young Soloist Competition. As the state winners prepare to move on to the national level of the competition, Pennington and Peffier offered studio time at Peffier's 524 Productions, allowing the talented individuals an opportunity to make professional recordings. The recordings will then be submitted to the national VSA Young Soloist Competition, lending the opportunity for winners to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

"The level of musical ability and talent these kids possess make some of us who do this for a living look like amateurs!" says Pennington. "This is my second year working with VSA and it has been both a humbling experience and an honor to be in their presence.”

Through funding from the Department of U.S. Education, sponsors and donations, VSA ensures there are resources, tools and opportunities for arts programming in schools and communities statewide, providing people with disabilities opportunities to participate in, learn through and enjoy the arts. 

Lori Kissinger, executive director of VSA, comments on the importance of the Young Soloist Program, "Young Soloist was the first program of the VSA international program and continues to be one of its highest priorities with talented young people competing for scholarship dollars, a chance to perform at the John F Kennedy Center and mentoring opportunities.  We very much appreciated Pennington Entertainment recording ourYoung Soloist winners so that they have something professional to use in competing in this international music arena.”

Learn more about VSA Tennessee, click here.


20-year music industry veteran, Shawn Pennington, leads Pennington Entertainment representing 3x "Vocal Duo Of The Year" (ACM/CMA) and GRAMMY-nominated duo Thompson Square, platinum-selling band Parmalee, rock band Blues Traveler, and The Hillbilly Way.  The Pittsburgh native first came to Nashville as a musician before joining top management firm Dale Morris & Associates where his talents were tapped to successfully develop the careers and brands of Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, The MuzikMafia, and others. In 2011, Pennington joined the management team of BBR Management as the Senior Vice President. Though music is his primary focus, Shawn has produced programming for major television networks including NBC, CMT, USA, GAC, and DIRECTV.

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