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Belmont Faculty Member on New CMT Reality Show

Belmont University School of Music faculty member Ellen Tift will be appearing on the pilot for Score, a new reality show on CMT (Country Music Television), Feb. 9 at 7:30 PM EST, 6:30 CST. The pilot for the show, which could become a recurring series, features Tift as a professional songwriter heading up one of two teams to write a song in four hours. She is partnered with a bachelor who is competing against the bachelor of the other team to capture the attention of the show’s bachelorette.

“The bachelorette gave us five words we had to use in the lyric, like ‘spider’ and ‘touchdown’. Trying to write a song around such random words in a four-hour window with an inexperienced songwriter – all while on camera – was challenging, but we did it,” says Tift, who teaches music composition at Belmont University as an adjunct instructor of music and is a graduate of Belmont.
After both teams composed their songs, each bachelor performed his song with a band while the bachelorette listened from behind a screen. She chose her bachelor sight unseen based solely on which song she liked.
Tift is cofounder and president of Worldwide Groove Corporation, a music production company based in Nashville, TN. Among her recent projects: singing on a project called Praise Jams, for Integrity Records, which she also helped produce.
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