Phil Vassar

(L-R): Nicole Zeller (Senior Publicist, PLA Media), Steve Cook (Bassist, Merchandise), Phil Vassar, Jeff Howard (APA Nashville), Kenny Thurman (Production/Sound) and the
CMA EDU Board Members

Award-winning country singer and hit songwriter Phil Vassar, recently took time out of his busy schedule last night (Tuesday, October 28, 2014) to host a panel at Vanderbilt University for the students involved in the Country Music Association’s campus-based education initiative, CMA EDU.

With countless hits as a country singer and songwriter and a mantle full of awards, this Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, along with his team, was there to answer any questions the students had as well as discuss how they got their job and any tips they had to give the students to achieve the career of their choice.

“We thoroughly enjoyed having Phil Vassar be a part of the CMA EDU program last night at Vanderbilt. Not only is he a hit songwriter and recording artist, but his advice on pursuing a career in the music industry is invaluable. CMA EDU is beyond excited to be working with an artist of his caliber and looks forward to his future involvement with other CMA EDU chapters,” said Tiffany Kerns, Community Outreach Manager for CMA.

Vassar has hit the Top 5 seven times with songs including Carlene, Last Day of My Life and American Child and number one hits In A Real Love and the perennial favorite Just Another Day in Paradise.

Vassar continues to churn out incisive, soulful lyrics and infectious melodies that capture the heart and soul in the unique and special way that only he can. Known as one of Nashville’s top tunesmiths, he has written #1 hits for Jo Dee Messina (Bye Bye, I’m Alright) and Alan Jackson (Right on the Money). Other chart-topping singles include Tim McGraw (For A Little While, My Next Thirty Years) Collin Raye (Little Red Rodeo), Blackhawk (Postmarked Birmingham) and David Nail (The Sound of a Million Dreams), which Billboard named the #1 song in their Top 10 Country Songs of 2012.

About Phil Vassar
Vassar made his debut on the country music scene in the late 1990s. Originally from Lynchburg, Virginia, he was signed to Arista Records, and his self-titled debut album was released in early 2000 which produced five hit singles on the U.S. Billboard country singles chart and was certified gold. He followed it up in 2002 with American Child, Shaken Not Stirred in 2004 and finally Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 in 2006 before he left the label for Universal South Records. His first album for that label, Prayer of a Common Man was released in early 2008. Bye, Bye earned Vassar his first ASCAP award for Country Songwriter of the Year and Songwriter of the Year in 1999.

“CMA wants to provide undergraduate college students with a hands-on opportunity to enhance their skills in marketing and promotion. With the support of CMA and the Country Music community, they will gain networking opportunities, unique educational experiences, and leadership training. The innovative campaigns designed by the students will not only promote the Country Music genre and CMA events, but will also serve as distinguished elements to add to any resume.” For more information or to join CMA EDU, visit