Whitney Ingram was born and raised in Houston, TX. Growing up, immersed in traditional country music, she dreamed of one day being just like Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and all the others that sang out of her dad’s truck speakers on those long drives every other weekend. At 12 years old, Whitney was given an old hand-me down recorder, and quickly her appreciation for lyrics and songwriting grew into an obsession. As a teenager, Whitney was actively involved with her high school choir, and was accepted into an elite show choir after her Freshman year. She also sang competitively auditioning for the Texas All State Choir, landing many 1st chairs in her district, and region, along the way. In 2011 Whitney moved to Nashville to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Belmont University, dreaming the same dreams she had as a child. Upon arriving to Nashville, and beginning her undergraduate studies at Belmont, Whitney quickly realized another passion which was deeply important to her. Through volunteer work, and much consideration, Whitney eventually changed her major from Music Business to Social Work. She knew she was taking a risk, but believed this path as an advocate was the path that would grow her into the woman she was meant to be, and hoped eventually, somehow, she’d find her way back into the music industry. After pursuing a career in Social Work, working with survivors of domestic violence at the District Attorney’s Office in Houston, an opportunity she could not refuse to finally combine her two passions, called her name from Music City. Presently she is proudly serving the Nashville Songwriters Association as an advocate for songwriters.
In addition to her current role planning and booking membership events including the Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar, Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp, Whitney first served NSAI as the Receptionist, then was promoted to Membership Representative, when she also booked the Nashville Weekly Workshops on Thursday nights, oversaw the NSAI Song Evaluation Service, and booked performers at the NSAI sponsored airport stage.
Contact Me: Whitney@nashvillesongwriters.com
What made you fall in love with music?
My dad. When I was a little girl, we didn't have much in common. I was a kid and he was a quiet, no nonsense man. Most of our time together was spent riding around in his big Dodge, listening to country music. He didn't tolerate a lot, but he never complained when I would ask to listen to a George Strait song (Usually 'Run' or ‘Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye’) over and over and over again. No doubt, he is where my die-hard heart for Johnny Cash comes from. Because he was quiet on most drives, I learned to listen to the lyrics and care about what was being said.
Best concert you have ever been to?
Hands down - cannot narrow it down - tie between: Dixie Chicks MMXVI World Tour in NOLA, Beyoncé Formation World Tour (both in September 2016, I seriously could have died), Chris Stapleton at Rodeo Houston, or Lori McKenna at a listening room in Texas. My concert game for 2016-2017 was so strong.
What genre of music do you listen to the most?
Country legends with some 90's country thrown in every now and then. Nothing better.
Who’s your favorite artist/band?
Again, it pains me not to categorize this answer into more than one choice. Johnny Cash will always be my #1. I knew every word to "A Boy Named Sue" by the time I was five and took flowers to his grave every year on his birthday when I was in college at Belmont (weirdo, I know). Although, for a long time the answer was as simple as “Living Merle, Non-Living Johnny”. Current favorite recording artist is a tie between David Ramirez, Chris Stapleton, and Cody Johnson. I love anything Miranda Lambert touches. But I'm from Texas so I can't think of my childhood without thinking of George Strait so he deserves to be mentioned. Lori McKenna, Tony Lane, and Dean Dillon are my very favorite songwriters. Yet, I can get down to some quality Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, anytime.
What drew you to NSAI?
Music, specifically country music, has always been a huge part of my life, but the lyrics have always been the most important part for me. After graduating with a degree in social work and working as an advocate for domestic violence survivors for a few years, I realized that advocacy has a place in the songwriting industry as well. Who wouldn’t want to merge two of their passions into a career?
Favorite Nashville restaurant?
Obsessed with Hopsmith Tavern when the "not Chuy's" disclaimer is mentioned. Again, Texas = mexican food, always.