Jolie Grace Wareham

In May 2017, Jolie Grace Wareham graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN where she majored in political science. Merging her passion for politics with her passion for music, she conducted political science research on the music industry, played an active role and local politics, and also performed with several bands throughout college as an upright bassist. The combination of politics and music led her to Nashville and ultimately NSAI!


I’m originally from Lombard, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I spent four years in Memphis, TN for college, so like to say I’m sort of from there too.

What made you fall in love with music?

I have two older sisters, and I grew up going to their choir and band concerts. I was fascinated by the upright bass in my sister’s jazz band, so I began playing bass in elementary school. I think I really fell in love with music when I learned how to truly express myself through my musicianship.

Best concert you have ever been to?

I saw Hans Zimmer’s orchestra live here in Nashville. He’s an unbelievably talented composer, and he talked a lot about his composing process. The musicians were incredibly talented as well, and they were so fun to watch, really bringing the music to life. It was a concert I’ll never forget!

What genre of music do you listen to the most?

I mainly listen to country music. It’s been the soundtrack of my life since middle school. I also like to listen to and play jazz.

Who’s your favorite artist/band?

Gosh, this is a tough question! I love old stuff country music, specifically Don Williams. His song lyrics are just so meaningful. For new country music, I’ve really been getting into the band Midland. I’ve also been a big Elvis Presley fan since my aunt gave my brother an Elvis CD as a gift when we were little. In fact, I decided I wanted to move from Illinois to Tennessee after a family vacation to Elvis’ Graceland in Memphis when I was eleven! So I guess you could say I owe a lot of my life to Elvis…

What drew you to NSAI?

I’m a music lover, but I was also a political science major and have a background in politics. Several people kept suggesting I learn more about NSAI because of its advocacy work, and the more I learned about the many different aspects of NSAI, the more I wanted to be a part of it! I truly value the hard work and creativity of those behind the songs that have meant so much to countless people including myself. I wanted to be a part of furthering the important work of songwriters.

Favorite Nashville restaurant?

Hmm… I have to say Loveless Café. I try to bring family and friends there for the biscuits and cute shops when they come to Nashville.