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This year, a select group of Pearl-Cohn Entertainment Magnet High School students received a real-world look into the music industry business as a part of the inaugural Bonus Tracks Program with Capitol CMG.
Nashville is only the second city to be invited to implement this unique program.
The class recruited 20 dedicated 10th through 12th graders, teacher Dr. MarQo Patton, and music executive EJ Gaines, who serves as co-executive director and Motown Gospel/Vice President of Marketing with Capitol CMG.
“As we prepared to expand the Bonus Tracks program from Los Angeles to Nashville, I had a profound sense that we were embarking on something that would be impactful for the students and for the music community,” Gaines said.
“But I had no idea how personally impacted I would be.”
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It was a time in history where big events were happening all around the world.
For example, the nation witnessed one of its largest industrial mergers in history when Mercedes-Benz bought Chrysler for $40 billion and formed DaimlerChrysler;
It was a year when New York Yankees’ David Wells pitched a perfect game against the Minnesota Twins;
Just 21 years ago marked the series finale of Seinfeld , considered one of the most influential sitcoms of all-time;
And, of course, 1998 was the year that Metro Nashville Public Schools’ director, Dr. Adrienne Battle, graduated from John Overton High School.
As the first woman to ever serve as director of schools, Battle also holds the distinction of being the first director to be a homegrown product of the school district.
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