Grammy winner appointed artist-in-residence at Kennesaw State University


Zac Brown bassist John Driskell Hopkins will work with students in the University’s Joel A….

Georgia (Feb 13, 2013)Zac Brown bassist John Driskell Hopkins will work with students in the University’s Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program

KENNESAW, Ga (Feb. 13, 2013) ― John Driskell Hopkins, bassist and songwriter for the Zac Brown band, has joined Kennesaw State University’s Joel A. Katz Music & Entertainment Business Program as an artist in residence.

Hopkins, the programs’ first artist in residence, is conducting lectures on songwriting, publishing, copyright, and recording. Students in the spring 2013 MEBUS classes will also work with Hopkins to promote his new solo record, Daylight, featuring Zac Brown and Jerry Douglas.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our students, not only to have the chance to learn about the business from someone of John’s stature but also to collaborate with him to promote his new album,” said Keith Perissi, interim director of the MEBUS Program. 

Raised in Gainesville, Ga., Hopkins has performed as a bassist, guitarist, singer and song writer for a variety of bands across many country and rock genres throughout the Atlanta music scene since 1995. In 1998, during an open mic event, Hopkins met Zac Brown and the two established an immediate personal and professional relationship. In 2001, Hopkins and Brown began working on what would eventually become the Zac Brown Band’s first album Home Grown. At this year’s Grammy Awards, the Band’s albumn, “Uncaged,” won for best country album of the year.

The goal of the Joel A. Katz Music and Entertainment Business Program is to provide a foundation of practical experiences, on-the-job training, and exploration of career opportunities in the music and entertainment industry.



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