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Musical Performances

CJ the DJ

Clif Jones aka CJ the DJ was born in California and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he was heavily influenced by the city’s Disc Jockey culture. He touched his first pair of turntables at the age of 16 and further showcased his talents while debuting on WLCV, University of Louisville’s radio station in 2003. Since then, Clif has packed dance floors, and captivated the hearts and minds across the Midwest and Southern states.
He is known for his creative mashups, soulful, yet eclectic music selections, ability to read the crowd, and mix in music from all eras and genres. He always brings professionalism to the turntables by providing excellent customer service, competence, and individualized entertainment for a one-of-a-kind experience. Clif is a sure bet to make your VIP event second to none!


Anna Marie

Anna Marie de la Vega is a familiar face and voice at Mix 92.9!
She was on the morning show for two decades, and now her own show, Mix
92.9’s “Real Life With Anna Marie and Karyce,” Sundays-Thursdays, 7 –
Midnight. She is also the host of the Mix 92.9 Public Affairs show, Focus.
She was the winner of Nashville’s Best DJ in the latest Best of Music City,
publicly-chosen awards.
Anna is still a newlywed, and she and her musician-husband Ron are
involved with schools, non-profits, charity events which they often work
together – Anna as emcee and Ron as the musical entertainment. Anna Marie
also does media coaching for groups and individuals who want to sharpen
their public speaking skills. Connect with Anna Marie by calling the show
(615-737-0929), or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

Megan Barry

Megan Barry is the former Mayor of Nashville, TN, the first woman to be elected to the office. While she was in office, she lost her only son to a drug overdose. Since leaving her position, Barry is working to combat the shame and guilt that comes from this soul-sucking disease and to help those who struggle with substance use disorder and their loved ones by speaking up and speaking out.  She has shared her story in numerous podcasts and publications including Elle magazine, TOKENS Podcast, Nashville Edit and arcHive Nashville. Her professional experience includes working as a corporate executive, independent consultant focusing on business ethics and corporate responsibility and as an adjunct professor.  She has MBA from Vanderbilt University and currently serves on the board of H.A.R.T and the Women’s Fund for the Community Foundation.  She has previously served on several boards including the YWCA of Middle TN, and the Center for Non-Profit Management.  She has been an invited speaker to numerous organizations and events including TedX Nashville, the International Women’s Forum, Georgia Pacific, OZY Media, National Overdose Awareness Days and many others.

Trina Frierson

Katrina (Trina) Frierson’s story exemplifies redemption. After years of struggling with addiction, Trina experienced life on the streets, periods of homelessness, incarceration, and losing custody of her children. She received the support she needed to establish and maintain her sobriety in order to regain her life. In an effort to pay it forward, Trina felt led to serve women in similar situations. She saw the need for a long-term program that addressed addiction but also offered life-changing support, therapy, and job skills that are crucial to life-long recovery. Trina founded Mending Hearts in 2004. In its infancy, Mending Hearts owned 1 home and treated 7 women. The program has now grown to 15 homes and has served over 5000 women, becoming a critical resource for treating women in Middle Tennessee. It was essential to Trina to not only help individuals but also to transform her community, and she has played an integral part in revitalizing West Nashville. It is Trina’s belief that it is her duty to rebuild a community where she was once part of its demise. Trina has turned inhabitable dwellings into homes filled with hope, to bring healing and beautification to her community and the women in it.

Erin Calipari, PhD.

Dr. Calipari is the Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Addiction Research and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University. Her work focuses on understanding how sex differences in brain function make women particularly vulnerable to substance use disorder. Over her career she has published over 85 peer reviewed research articles and reviews on these topics. She is also an active member of the research community serving on executive committees and boards for several societies and as associate editor for multiple journals. Dr. Calipari’s work is funded by multiple grants from the national institute on drug abuse (NIDA), the Whitehall Foundation, the Edward Mallinckrodt Jr. foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Dr. Calipari is also a fierce advocate for women in science and serves on a number of committees and participates in groups that are focused on fighting bias in the scientific community and providing support for women to advance in scientific careers.

Richard Scott

Richard Scott grew up in the wilds of Central Florida, where he spent his free time trespassing, often barefooted, on every stand of woods he could find. There he was surrounded by alligators, snakes, bobcats, and the occasional otter and yet sustained fewer injuries in their company than one might imagine.  
Richard began his working life as a ranch hand for the Willow Ranch, located in the perpetually soggy Green Swamp area of Florida. After getting stomped, kicked, charged, and nearly gored by the cattle in his charge, Richard realized being a cowboy or, instead, cow-person was a profession best left to those with tougher constitutions.
Through no fault of his own, Richard soon began a 20-plus year career in advertising in Richmond, VA where he worked on literally thousands of television advertising campaigns. So if you’re older than 30, you’ve almost certainly seen some of his work.
In 2005 Richard moved to the Nashville area with his wife, Gina, and his young son Cooper. In Nashville, Richard worked on Music Row, supporting the entertainment industry’s film and video production needs.
Later Richard would move into the technology sector, where he remains today. He is a Product Manager for an international logistics automation and robotics firm.

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