Tim DuBois

Music executive, producer, artist manager, songwriter, educator

Tim has had a long career as one of the most successful executives in the recording industry, having led both Arista Records and Universal South Records. An Adjunct Professor of Management at Vanderbilt’s Owen School of Management and long-time ASCAP member, DuBois’ storied career has included recognition as a songwriter, manager, record executive and producer.

Five songs that he has co-written have been No. 1 hits. DuBois’ songs have received numerous awards, and two Grammy Award nominations. As a producer, his accolades have included over twenty No. 1 and top 5 singles and more than a dozen gold, platinum, and double platinum albums.

Tapped to open a Nashville division of Arista Records in 1989, DuBois discovered and signed Alan Jackson, Brooks & Dunn, Brad Paisley, BlackHawk, Pam Tillis and Diamond Rio. DuBois quickly turned the new label into one of the most successful in country music history, selling more than 75 million records worldwide in just four years.

After serving as president of Gaylord Entertainment’s Creative Content Group in 2001, DuBois went on to head Universal South Records with producer Tony Brown in 2002, a position he held until 2006. DuBois was recognized as the most powerful person in the music industry by Business Nashville in 1996, Record Executive of the year in 1992 by Pollstar, and was included in Entertainment Weekly’s list of 101 Most Powerful People in Entertainment in 1994 and 1995.

DuBois currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, and has served as a board member of the Country Music Foundation, Nashville Songwriters Association International, Leadership Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. He is the former chairman of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, and is a board member of Sun Trust Bank in Nashville.

Jonah Rabinowitz

Executive Director, W.O. Smith Music School, Nashville, TN

Jonah has been the Executive Director of W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School since 1995. As a musician, Jonah received his training at the Manhattan School of Music and then attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, MA, receiving a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance while studying with Charles Schleuter, principal trumpet of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Jonah’s performing career includes positions as the principal trumpet of the National Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, principal trumpet of the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Atlanta Opera, and performances and recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

He has also been a faculty member at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. He is the former Director of the Georgia Academy of Music in Atlanta. Jonah was president of Tennesseans for the Arts, Tennessee’s leading arts advocacy group in 2011-2012, is a member of the steering committee for the Nashville Arts Coalition in addition to having served as a member of Mayor Karl Dean’s Music City Music Council.

Jonah was the recipient of the 2011 Edwina Hefner Community Leadership Award from the Nashville Symphony and the 2011 Governor’s Arts Award for Leadership from TN Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Jonah is a graduate of Leadership Music class of 1998 and Leadership Nashville in 2013 where he continues to serve as a member of the logistics team for the class of 2014.

Charlie Worsham

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist & performer, Nashville, TN

A native of Grenada, Mississippi, Charlie’s toured with the likes of Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Brad Paisley and Kip Moore. Other artists such as Eric Church and Dierks Bentley have called on Charlie to lend his talents to their own recordings. Charlie co-wrote and co-produced his 11-track debut album, Rubberband, which was unanimously acclaimed by fans, critics and the musician community alike. Additionally, two of his biggest musical idols – Marty Stuart and Vince Gill – join him on “Tools Of The Trade.” Charlie also made a guest appearance on the FOX television show ‘Bones.’

Charlie has been a great friend and generous supporter of the Quest Center, and we couldn’t be more proud of his commitment to music education for the Dickson community! Welcome, Charlie!

Drew Williams

Artist, educator, Principal/Superintendent Tuacahn Performing Arts High School, Ivins, UT

When Drew was 5 years old, his parents took him into a local music shop and told him to pick what he wanted to play. The only catch was that he had to commit. The coolest instrument hanging on the wall was a fiddle and that evening, with hope and excitement in the station wagon, they traveled home with a shiny instrument.

33 years later, Drew continues to play the fiddle (albeit a different one from that first purchase) and has picked up the mandolin and guitar along the way. With an emphasis of mostly jazz and bluegrass throughout his childhood, Drew has had the opportunity to play a wide variety of music all across the world. Touring in over 15 countries and half of the US, he honed his craft as a utility musician with regional and national acts.

Drew married the talented singer-songwriter and musician, Lacey Williams in 2005, and after their move to Nashville, have worked on their duo project and sound. Throughout this work in the music industry, he pursued his other passion – education. He earned is doctorate of education in 2013 and currently is the Principal at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County, TN.

Working with students impacts the sound and work he and his wife do as musicians, realizing the importance of expanding the arts in the education setting. Drew & Lacey have released two records and are currently working on their third. For more information, please visit www.drewandlacey.com.

Bernie Nelson

Singer/songwriter/performer, Nashville, TN

Bernie’s songs have sold over 25 million copies, with multi-platinum cuts on the works of artists such as Conway Twitty, Ricky Van Shelton, Kenny Chesney, Wynonna, Colin Raye, Confederate Railroad, Chris Ledoux, Kris Kristofferson, John Anderson and many more. His latest release, BLUE, is killing it with critics and fans alike. When he’s not performing or writing, he can be found teaching his craft at his log home west of Nashville. You can learn more at www.bernienelsonmusic.com

We’re excited to have Bernie helping guide us in the fulfillment of our mission and commitment to the community. Welcome, Bernie!

Taylor Eagleson, Student Advisor

Musician; Student at Creek Wood High School, Dickson County, TN

Taylor is a 2016 freshman at Creek Wood High School in Dickson County, TN and our first Student Advisor. He’s been part of the Quest Center community for 2 years, continuously demonstrating his passion for learning, creating and challenging himself through music.

“Music has always had a huge impact on me. The Quest Center welcomed me, and continues to inspire and teach me about music, business and life. I’ve been surrounded by incredible musicians who’ve generously shared many things that will help me make it in music. These opportunities would never have been available to me and others without the Quest Center. It’s an amazing program with amazing leadership and vision, and I’m proud to serve as a Student Advisor.”

A prolific lyricist and songwriter, Taylor’s compositions have typically favored acoustic melodies, but he’s recently begun transitioning to a more electric/acoustic hybrid. “Music is a huge part of my life. Every experience seems to teach me something new.” And with such passion and commitment, we’re thrilled to have Taylor as a member of our Advisory Board. Welcome, Taylor!