Local Realtors®, Songwriters Address Housing-Affordability Crisis

Published Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Local Realtors®, Songwriters Address Housing-Affordability Crisis

Nashville, Tenn. (January 29, 2020) — The National Association of Realtors®, Tennessee Realtors® and Greater Nashville Realtors® are proud to host a special event to shed light on the nationwide crisis of housing affordability and its overall impact on our city and state.

The Affordability Housing Music Showcase will take place Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at the Back Corner (1411 5th Ave N., Nashville, Tenn., 37208) from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CST. Guests will enjoy stories and songs performed by songwriters Bobby Tomberlin and Jennifer Schott. We are also pleased to welcome HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson, who is visiting Nashville and attending the showcase at the start of his Driving Affordable Housing Across America national tour announced last week. 

Schott and Tomerlin (see bios below) will share, in story and song, their perspectives as songwriters and Nashville community members struggling to find affordable housing in a city that is seeing rapid growth. With this growth, homes in specific price points become less accessible. Scott and Tomerlin will give voice to all who need access to affordable housing, from low- to middle-income families to service-sector employees who are moving to Tennessee for its vibrant economy and quality of life.

Homeownership is undeniably the cornerstone of the American Dream. It is, in fact, inseparable from our national belief that, through hard work, every American should have opportunities for prosperity and success. 

“As Tennesseans, and as Realtors®, we know that making fair, affordable housing available to all holds power to transform our communities, and our state, for the better,” said Hagan Stone, Tennessee Realtors® president. “We appreciate Secretary Carson’s focus on housing affordability and are proud to partner with our fellow Realtors® in Nashville, along with Music City’s amazing community of songwriters, to shine a light on this vitally important topic.”

“Since 2014, our housing affordability ranking has fallen from 105 to 126 at the close of last year. This is an ongoing concern not just for Realtors®, but for our community,” said Kristy Hairston, Greater Nashville Realtors® president. 

As homes become less affordable and inventory constraints tighten within certain price points, the homebuying process is becoming more challenging to many potential homebuyers. 

Secretary Carson will be available to address the media after the event.

For more information or to reserve a spot in the media section, please contact Mitch Turner at Greater Nashville Realtors®, 615-396-7811 or mitch@greaternashvillerealtors.org or Phil Newman at Tennessee Realtors®, 615-347-5163 or phil.newman@tnrealtors.com.

About the National Association of Realtors®
The National Association of REALTORS® is America’s largest trade association, representing more than 1.4 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries.

About Tennessee Realtors®
Tennessee REALTORS® is one of the state’s largest and most influential trade associations. Consisting of 20 local associations and 29,000+ members, the association provides legislative and regulatory advocacy, professional development, transaction management, and more. Visit us at www.tnrealtors.com.

About Greater Nashville Realtors®
Greater Nashville REALTORS® is one of Middle Tennessee’s largest professional trade associations and serves as the primary voice for Nashville-area property owners. REALTOR® is a registered trademark that may be used only by real estate professionals who are members of the National Association of REALTORS® and subscribe to its strict code of ethics.

About the National Songwriters Association
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and professional members spans the United States and foreign countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.   

About Bobby Tomberlin
An Alabama native, Bobby serves on the Legislative Committee and is NSAI’s liaison to the California Songwriters Association. He began working locally in Country radio at age 12 before moving to Nashville in 1990 to focus on a songwriting career. Since then, his credits include Diamond Rio’s “One More Day” and Darryl Worley’s “A Good Day To Run,” as well as cuts by Faith Hill, Terri Clark, Chely Wright, Kenny Rogers, Joe Nichols, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Russ Taff, Ty Herndon, Lee Greenwood, Eddy Arnold, the Oak Ridge Boys, Porter Wagoner and many others. In 2002, “One More Day” was nominated for Grammy, CMA and ACM awards and spawned an inspirational book by the same name. Bobby also does voiceover work, and his voice can be heard on recent DVD projects for Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton, Trace Adkins and the B52s. Bobby’s new CD, Out Of Road, features songs that he wrote with Mac Davis, Bill Anderson, Mo Putney, Bobby Bare and Dean Dillon.

About Jennifer Schott
Born and raised in Pittsburg, Kansas, Jenn Schott was destined for a career in music. It’s in her genes. Her grandfather was the concert master violinist for the CBS orchestra including the Ed Sullivan show, her father was a university professor of woodwinds, and her mother is a flutist. After graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Jenn made the move to Nashville to pursue a career as a songwriter. Since then, her songs have been recorded by artists including Tim McGraw, The Eli Young Band, Gloriana, Jana Kramer, Lucy Hale, Francesca Battistelli, Jamie Lynn Spears, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pam Tillis, Lonestar, Kelleigh Bannen, and Restless Heart. Jenn co-wrote Mickey Guyton’s debut single, “Better Than You Left Me,” which was named one of Billboard’s 10 Best Country Songs of 2015. She also penned the title track of Tim McGraw’s Grammy-nominated album, “Two Lanes of Freedom,” which was the namesake of McGraw’s 2013 summer tour as well. Her past singles include Restless Heart’s “Feel My Way To You”, Katie Armiger’s “Unseen,” Billy Ray Cyrus’ “A Good Day,” and pop artist Lucy Walsh’s “1882.” In addition to her success in the U.S. country market, Jenn has also had songs released by top-selling artists in Canada and Australia.

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