Whitney Ingram was born and raised in Houston, TX. Growing up, immersed in traditional country music, she dreamed of one day singing 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 home. 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 focused all her attention on singing competitively, auditioning for the Texas All State Choir landing many 1st chairs in her district/region throughout the audition process. In 2011 Whitney moved to Nashville to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree at Belmont University, dreaming the same dreams she had as a child and chose to study music business. Upon arriving to Nashville and beginning her undergraduate studies, Whitney began to focus on a very different passion, which became deeply important to her. Through volunteering, internships and much consideration, Whitney eventually changed her major from music business to study social work. Although it was a major decision, Whitney believed this path as an advocate could grow her into the woman she was meant to be. She hoped eventually, if she still felt the calling, she’d find her way back in Nashville working in country music. After pursuing a career in social work, working with survivors of domestic violence at a TN shelter and the District Attorney’s Office in Houston, an opportunity she could not refuse to finally combine her two passions did call her name from Music City, after all . Presently she proudly serves the Nashville Songwriters Association as an advocate for songwriters. In her current role at NSAI, she plans and books membership events including the Tin Pan South Songwriting Seminar, Song Camp and Advanced Song Camp. Additionally she is the Director of Regional Chapters, and assist the Regional Chapter Manager.
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 relate to what was said.
Best concert you have ever been to?
Ooo tough. Probably Dixie Chicks MMXVI World Tour in NOLA or Beyoncé Formation World Tour in Houston (both in September 2016, such a good month.)
What genre of music do you listen to the most?
Country legends with some 90's country thrown in every now and then is my favorite.
Who’s your favorite artist/band?
Another tough one. I love most genres but I especially love country music. I melt for a really well written song. Just about anything 90's country can be on my playlist. But George Strait is and always will be the King, and he's no doubt who I listen to the most and most often. Favorite songwriters include Dean Dillon (well, of course), Tony Lane, and Lori McKenna, among a long list of others.
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.