Upon graduating with a degree in Mass Communications & Journalism from MTSU, Savannah Grimm began her music industry career as a Producer at iHeart Radio. At just 20 years old, Grimm's quick wit and charming personality saw her promoted to Co-Host on the Nashville heritage morning show Woody & Jim. Soon after, her passion and talent for discovering hit music was rewarded with her being named Music Director of the largest Top 40 Radio station in Music City, where she worked in tandem with artists, label promotion and fellow programmers nationwide to break hit songs. In 2021, Savannah's determination to nurture and protect creatives compelled her to join the team at NSAI, where she uses her discerning ear and sharp digital media skills to support up-and-coming songwriters.
What made you fall in love with music?
I think it’s less about falling in love with music and more about my love for music being innate. I come from a very musical family – my mom was a touring musician and studio session singer for many years, and my dad worked in the touring industry as well. I grew up on the floor of recording studios in Nashville, hanging out on tour buses and following my heroes around backstage. It was always my dream to find my own place in the music business as an adult, and I did – starting with a career as an On-Air Personality and Music Director at iHeart Radio’s 107.5 The River for about 8 years. Then my passion for political advocacy became the catalyst for the transition that eventually lead me to NSAI.
Best concert you have ever been to?
I’d say it’s a three way tie between Britney Spears’ Dream Within A Dream Tour, Taylor Swift’s 1989 World Tour, and Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience World Tour. All three were electric from start to finish!
What music are you currently listening to?
Coldplay is my catch-all; anytime, anywhere, any occasion, I’ve got Chris Martin crooning into my ears. All of their music is poetry, to me. But I also love Machine Gun Kelly’s sound since he made the transition from rap to the pop/punk genre. His work with Travis Barker is fantastic!
What drew you to NSAI?
NSAI has given me the opportunity to combine my professional experience in the music industry with my passion for political advocacy and protecting creativity. Songwriters are the life blood of the music industry; the geniuses that dream up the melodies and prose that become the soundtrack to our lives. That talent and skill is sacred, and to have the opportunity to work for an organization that not only recognizes that but prioritizes it is an honor.
Favorite Nashville Restaurant?
I love Once Upon A Time in France in East Nashville. It’s tiny and unassuming -- if you blink, you’ll miss it! But it’s absolutely beautiful and the food is divine.