School of Music alumnus Tim Lauer received the Curtain Call Award last Thursday at a concert in his honor. The award is presented annually to a School of Music alumnus in honor of achievement in the field of commercial and popular music.
Upon his graduation in 1990, Lauer used his Belmont education and connections to secure jobs playing piano and percussion, songwriting, arranging and producing. He was a band leader for Trisha Yearwood and has toured with Kathy Mattea and Wynonna Judd. Lauer has played on more than 200 records with a variety of artists including Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Sugarland, Brad Paisley, Dolly Parton, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant and the Gospel Music Association’s 2010 Artist of the Year, Francesca Battistelli. His songs have appeared on “The Simple Life,” “One Tree Hill” and “Drop Dead Diva,” and he received an Emmy nomination for the song “Can You Love Me with the Lights On” featured on “Guiding Light.”
Previous Curtain Call Award winners include Josh Turner, Ginny Owens, Chester Thompson, Jill Phillips Gullahorn, Will Denton, Fleming McWilliams, Melodie Crittenden, Jozef Nuyens, Gordon Mote, Tammy Rogers King, Bernie Herms and Chris Rodriguez. Click here to see additional photos from the event.