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Jul 18

Martina & John McBride Open The Blackbird Academy

Robert & Cortney Novogratz, Martina & John McBride, Gavin DeGraw

(l-r): Robert & Cortney Novogratz, Martina & John McBride, Gavin DeGraw. Photo by Brian Totoro, courtesy of Clyne Media.

Martina McBride and husband John McBride are opening a school. The Blackbird Academy will be based out of the couple’s Blackbird Studio in Nashville, home to top recording artists, producers and engineers. The school will offer hands-on education and industry involvement for its students.

“Opening a school has been a dream of mine for a long time,” John McBride said. “After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available, and that offers our students real-world knowledge that they will use moving toward a career of audio recording or live sound engineering. We want to change the world and make it better for the next generation – The Blackbird Academy is just the place to make that happen.”

Before the school’s first class, The Blackbird Academy was treated to the design expertise of husband and wife design team Robert and Cortney Novogratz. The couple are known for their HGTV show Home by Novogratz. Katie Couric showcased the studio and their work on her July 17 episode of Katie.


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