Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Pinewood Prep recently hosted Nashville singer and songwriter, Rob Crosby. He gave an inspirational speech and a brief performance to the middle and high school students. Afterwards, he conducted a master class with the school’s music technology classes.
Crosby has been in the country music industry for 39 years. He worked his way up from singing in local restaurants to becoming a singer, and is now a songwriter. Crosby has opened shows for Jackson Browne, Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Willie Nelson and many others. He has also written songs for numerous country artists including Martina McBride, where he wrote Concrete Angel, as well as Lady Antebellum and many others.
Crosby spoke to the students about the importance of staying in school, and following dreams. He also spoke of the necessity of creativity and passion that is needed to achieve goals. Crosby said that, “As human beings, our musical ability is one of our most important and special gifts. The arts allow us to reach beyond the normal daily struggle and touch our highest selves.”
When asked what his goal was for the visit to Pinewood he said, “I hope my visit gave students an inside look at the music business and inspired some of the students to go where their hearts lead them, even if it seems to be uncertain.”
Following his speech, Crosby performed his own song, “She’s a Natural”, as well as “Friday Night,” which he wrote for Lady Antebellum. After the performance, the students were able meet Crosby in person and take pictures.
For information on Crosby, visit www.robcrosby.com.
Davis is a writing student at Pinewood Preparatory School.