February newsletter
February newsletter
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Meet Alumna Meredith McGinnis Billings
We recently had the opportunity to catch up with NCS alumna, Meredith McGinnis Billings, class of 2001. Meredith was very active in sports while she was at NCS. She recently gave birth to a baby boy Beau with her husband Seth.
Meredith received her B.A. in criminal justice, with a minor in law from John Jay College in New York City. Shortly after graduation, she moved home to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry and landed at a small publishing company on Music Row, where she worked with some of the industry’s hit songwriters. She later moved to a sports and music entertainment business management firm (Keller Turner Andrews & Ghanem, PLLC) where her knowledge and experience expanded into business management and accounting services for music industry songwriters, producers and executives.
Meredith achieved her J.D. from Nashville School of Law. She was elected to serve as an Honor Council Representative and co-founded the school’s first law society (Sports and Entertainment Law Society), and also served as Secretary.
Why did you choose entertainment law? I chose entertainment law because it incorporates my love for music and sports with the practice of law.

Tell us what it's like to be an entertainment attorney in Nashville?  The work involves a healthy amount of drafting and negotiating all types of agreements you would normally see in the industry ranging from songwriting, production, license and development to catalog sales and appearance releases. However, there are different facets not necessarily considered traditional legal work, but have legal and business implications, such as reviewing and commenting on budgets or reaching out to contacts to assist a new artist with building a team.

Do you have any fun or interesting stories you could share? Most people would agree that visiting a client backstage at a concert or attending award shows is the most exciting aspect of being an entertainment attorney (and don’t get me wrong, it is fun), but for me, the most exciting aspect is being able to help clients bring their projects to life and to an audience. You feel a genuine sense of gratification hearing a song on the radio or seeing an artist on TV because of the agreement you negotiated.

What impact did NCS have on you? NCS impacted me in many ways, such as instilling in me good morals and values, as well as learning the importance of leadership and teamwork.  I was fortunate to be captain of a couple of athletic teams I participated on, and the camaraderie I experienced and skills I learned did not only carry me in sports, but also correlated to real world experiences.  You will likely be more successful in your work and personal life if you are able to learn how to set and achieve goals, adapt to situations, work hard and be a team player.

Is there anything else you would like to share with us...a memory at NCS, those who influenced you the most...anything at all? I have countless fond memories of faculty, coaches, teammates and classmates while I attended NCS, but the most influential person was Coach (now principal) Bishop, my coach, teacher and mentor.   He taught me the fundamentals of leadership, and the importance of good communication, keeping perspective, practicing patience, and to be a hard working and dedicated team player - and also to be a Coach K fan!


Box Tops for Education - Look for General Mills, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Betty Crocker and other products with the Box Tops for Education on the container. Cut and save, when you have several, send them in!   NCS will receive .10 for each one.

Kroger – Link your Kroger Plus to NCS      www.kroger.com/communityrewards

Amazon Smile – When you purchase things from Amazon, use the website www.amazonsmile.com and designate Nashville Christian as your charity. You’ll find exactly the same things as on Amazon, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to NCS.

Buffalo Wild Wings – Whenever you eat at BWW in Nashville West, make sure to let your server know you are an NCS family, and they will donate 10% of the cost of your meal back to the NCS football team.

PDK (Bellevue One Location) - EVERY Tuesday after 2pm, PDK will donate 5% of the total net sales to NCS.  Just make sure to tell them you are an NCS family!

Publix – If you shop at Publix, please go to publix.com and create an account.  Once you have an account, you can choose Nashville Christian School as your charity.  Every time you shop, just enter your telephone number in the keypad at checkout, and we will receive a percentage of your purchase.

  • Catherine Jones (2011) married Austin Raines (2011) on 9/15/18
  • Laura Moore (2011) married Jesse Baker on 9/29/18
  • Emily Gatlin (2013) married Ben Tardiff on 10/12/18
  • Cooper (2009) and Madeline Torrez welcomed Scott Van on 7/20/18
  • Rudie (Ardoin-Jones 2007) McGowen and Jonathan Barrett welcomed Jonas Blaine on 7/23/18
  • Chris (2004) and Beth Anne Travis welcomed Samuel Levi on 9/13/18
  • Amy (Brown 2004) and Marco Walz welcomed Felix Frazier on 9/25/18
  • Kaillee Galloway (2015) and Jeffrey Scott Cross welcomed Everlie Elise on 9/25/18
  • Emma Neely (2017) welcomed Leilani Louise 10/4/18
  • Chris (2004) and Brittany Coleman welcomed Walker Scott on 10/8/18
  • Emily (Goad 2007) and Chris Atkinson welcomed Benton Henry on 10/10/18
  • Brandon (2003) and Tiffany Hodge welcomed Ziya McNeail on 10/20/18
  • Shannon (Breeden 2008) and Wes Curtis (2006) welcomed Owen James on 10/28/18
  • Brittany (Matthews 2004) and Michael Smiley welcomed Maren Reid on 11/15/18
  • Ashley Ingram (2004) and Jay Skinner (2004) welcomed Adalyn Blake on 11/28/18
  • Lauren (Longworth 2008) and Travis Jacobs welcomed Jackson Garland on 12/3/18
  • Allyson (Jackson 2012) and Tanner Justice (2008) welcomed Madelyn Grace on 12/6/18
  • Kristen (Brewer 2004) and Nick Boatman welcomed Logan Jackson on 12/30/18
  • Nealey Espinoza (2014) and Hunter Hanvy welcomed Neal Alan on 1/2/19
  • Meredith (McGinnis 2001) and Seth Billings welcomed Beau Luther on 1/16/19
  • Luke (2005) and Amanda Jerkins welcomed Jacob Evan on 1/24/19
  • Michael (2009) and Eva HIme (2009) welcomed Tristan Michael on 1/31/19
  • Chase (2005) and Katie Cato welcomed Wesley Tobin on 2/7/19
  • Alexa (Carver 2009) and Justin Dorris welcomed Graham William on 2/8/19 
Degrees and Accomplishments:
We want to CELEBRATE with you when you earn that degree you have been working so hard to acquire. Let us know about your accomplishments!!! Contact me at wilsont@nashvillechristian.org
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