African American impact on American culture focus of Emerging Artists Concert

Kiya Lacey

Kiya Lacey

The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority’s (MNAA) Arts at the Airport program, in partnership with the National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM), hosted the third installment in the Emerging Artists Concert Series with a performance by Kiya Lacey.

The Emerging Artists Concert Series serves as a platform to showcase the different musical genres that people can experience in Music City while also introducing emerging artists. Arts at the Airport receives more than 100 audition CDs each year, and this series was created to spotlight the best of this new talent. An emerging artist will be featured each month. Four of the performances are in partnership with NMAAM. The collaborative concerts with NMAAM showcase the talent and impact African Americans have on American culture and feature musicians who embody diverse musical and cultural perspectives.

“We are proud to host the Emerging Artist program with NMAAM,” Rob Wigington, president/CEO of MNAA, said. “Nashville is home to many different kinds of music. At the airport, we are Nashville’s first impression for visitors, so we want passengers and visitors to understand and experience what Music City really means when they first arrive. Our music stages have always featured diverse musical styles and performers, and we are excited to partner with one of Nashville’s newest cultural museums.”

At 18 years old, Kiya Lacey has already landed a spot at Grammy Camp, a nod from the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation and an opening slot for Brandy, which she won in a national contest of more than 100 entrants. Whether taking the lead on dance tracks, fronting the all-girl pop/rock group Ye Rooz or delivering a jazz ballad with the deft touch of Fitzgerald or Holiday, Lacey displays control and expression far beyond her years in ways that will long outlive the novelty of her youth. Born and raised in Nashville, Tenn., this singer/songwriter has taken in all aspects of Music City. She enjoys singing pop, R&B, jazz, country, soul and even raps.

“We appreciate MNAA partnering with us in this effort and look forward to broaden each artist’s story through this collaboration,” H. Beecher Hicks III, NMAAM president/CEO, said. “MNAA has extended the ability of NMAAM to share the ability of music to emotionally tie people together—an undeniable component of American culture.”

As the only museum dedicated to the many offerings African Americans have made in music, the National Museum of African American Music serves a global landscape by commemorating and honoring the legacy, impact and influence of rhythm on over 50 music genres and styles. Detailing the many dimensions of all types of music, NMAAM focuses on the musical impact on musicians and consumers around the world. For more information, visit .

This year marks the 25th anniversary of MNAA’s award-winning Arts at the Airport program. Created in 1988, Arts at the Airport is an ever-growing, ever-changing showcase of cultural diversity and creative talent in Tennessee featuring both visual arts and live music performances. Working closely with the 15-member Arts at the Airport Foundation board, MNAA showcases the region’s visual and performing arts through its Arts at the Airport program, which receives some funding from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The award-winning Arts at the Airport program reviews and presents works by local, regional and national artists for the enjoyment and enrichment of Nashville International Airport and John C. Tune Airport’s passengers and visitors. In addition to visual art, Arts at the Airport includes music since it is an integral part of Nashville. The arts come alive with live musical performances on stages throughout BNA’s passenger terminal. For more information about Arts at the Airport, visit <>.