Nashville is known around the world as a city that makes dreams come true and where amazing music is made; however, for several young adults, this city will forever be a part of a once-in-a-lifetime event that could very well have changed their lives and permanently engraved the word “believe” in their soul. Kim Copeland is a key player who played a major role in fulfilling the dreams of some very special guests during their visit in Nashville.

The event was a prize package that was awarded to winners of an international movie launch promotion for a film which was centered around Nashville. Each of the winners was flown to Nashville for the prize of a lifetime experience which included recording a song at a famous Nashville recording studio on Music Row; written by a hit song writer specifically for this promotion and produced by one of Nashville’s most respected and sought after music producers. Several youngsters were chosen as winners from the UK, Slovakia, Denmark and Brazil; aging from seven years old to seventeen who were allowed to choose three family members or friends to accompany them.

Kellie Maltagliati, a representative from the film promotion company accompanied the winners during the visit to Nashville, whose prize package also included time on a movie set, horseback riding and eating at some of Nashville’s finest restaurants “where the stars eat” as well as taking in the sights and sounds around Nashville to make their visit complete.

The winners, given the opportunity to be treated like a star in Music City included:

UK WINNER: Mollie Husbands (7 yrs. old)
Val Franck (Grandmother/Hayley's mom)
Hayley Husbands (Mollie's mom)
Elise Gathergood (8 yrs. old)

SLOVAKIA WINNER: Natalia Rybarikova (10 yrs. old)
Jana Rybarikova (mom)
Ivan Rybarikova (dad)
Margareta Rybarikova (turned 14 on the recording day)

DENMARK WINNER: Sofie Amalie Edlev (17 yrs. old)
Pia Edlev (mom)
Roland Tomek Wagon (19 yrs. old)
Linnea Jakobsen (17 yrs. old)

BRAZIL WINNER: Heloisa Martignago Alves de Lima (10 yrs. old)
Regina Aparecida Martigango Alves de Lima (mom)
Guillherme Martignago Alves de Lima (12 yrs. old)
Barbara Martignago Alves de Limva (14 yrs. old)

When asked how Nashville and the record producer where chosen, Andrea Standley, a key representative for the movie promotion team stated “I’ve been coming to Nashville for a long time and have known about Kim Copeland’s reputation for a while. She puts a lot of time into working with songwriters and artists, especially through NSAI. I could think of no one better for this promotion.” Andrea is the owner of songsinc ( and she wrote the original material recorded by the winners of the special promotion.

Kim chose The Tracking Room as the location and asked Kelly Schoenfield to engineer the project along with Mark Gohl as his assistant. They also invited me to spend the day with them at the studio documenting the special event with photographs and interviewing the winners, their family and friends.

With more than 20 years in the business, not only a successful songwriter, but as a much sought after independent producer, Kim has become one of the music industry’s most diverse and valued leaders. The fact that Kim works independently allows for even more creative flexibility. She can customize each step of the recording process to fit each individual artist – even down to selecting the perfect studio for the project. In the case of this very special event, one of Nashville’s premier studios, The Tracking Room, was a perfect choice.

At The Tracking Room, Kim was able to coach and coax the best performance possible from the contest winners. Kim’s production skills enabled her to focus on and capture the magic of the day. Not only is she a pro producer, but she has had plenty of experience working with children, by volunteering her mentoring talents to organizations for children’s music, including – the Country Music Foundation’s Words and Music Program, and the Camp Summersong program.

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