Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Up & Coming New Nashville- 10th & Carlisle

Country’s newest duo 10th & Carlisle, comprised of Broadway Vet’s Tad Wilson and Jessica Phillips, has strong roots on both sides of the Mason Dixon Line. A Nashville native, Jessica’s heart lives in Music City where growing up with The Grand Ole Opry inspired her love of country music. She began singing at age 2 and after her family relocated up north, continued performing in television, radio, and on stages all over the country. As an adult, she found her way back home, appearing in Nashville with Jonathan Pierce, and as a vocalist for the Atlanta-based band Swami Gone Bananas. Tad came to Nashville as a teenager where he attended Belmont University. He was immediately immersed in the rich culture of country music and after graduation he started working at Opryland, USA. He has had the opportunity to share the stage with some of the most recognizable names in country music from Johnny Cash to Roy Acuff. These experiences solidified his love for the country genre.

For most vocalists it is hard to ignore a pull to the Broadway Stage -- both Tad and Jessica successfully found their way to the Great White Way. Jessica got her break when she joined that cast of The Scarlet Pimpernel and went on to spend the following decade performing on and off Broadway.
Tad made his Broadway debut later in his life with Broadway’s smash hit musical, Rock of Ages. They currently share the same stage in the new Broadway musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, opening this March at the Palace Theatre in New York City.

Although show tunes occupy a majority of their time professionally, country music remains a shared passion. On a recent trip to Toronto, Ontario, Tad and Jessica discovered each other’s love of country music and it was on that bus in Canada that 10th & Carlisle was born. Currently at work on their debut album featuring original songs from Nashville’s most prolific songwriters,10th & Carlisle will make their debut this weekend in a special one-night only concert, South of Broadway, at New York City’s Triad Theatre.

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