Thursday, February 6, 2014
Pawleys Island native Carey Grabeman has been hanging out with music stars and legends.
As part of his work with Service Corps at Belmont University, Grabeman has been volunteering and working at some of the country’s most renowned music industry events.
“I have been part of some fantastic events including working backstage at the CMA Awards. The most exciting event was The Grammy Awards in Los Angeles .... We had the opportunity to work at the MusiCares awards on Friday and the Special Merit Awards on Saturday. The MusiCares Awards honored Carol King, who received the Person of the Year Award.”
The primary job of Grabeman and his peers was escorting distinguished guests down the red carpet and facilitating their interviews with television and radio outlets.
“I had the great privilege of escorting Amy Grant,” he said. “and personally seeing James Taylor right beside me was quite surreal.”
“The carpet was packed with artists and guests, and we were in charge of helping publicists arrange interviews with the media,” Grabeman continued. “It was so exciting to see music icons at every turn. Members of Chicago and performers like Madonna, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and others were casually strolling the carpet. I was an adrenaline rush like no other.”
The Special Merit Awards was held on Jan. 25 in the Wilshire Ebell Theatre – which Grabeman call “stunning.”
“I had the privilege of escorting legendary producer from the Muscle Shoals era of music, Rick Hall. Ringo Star, Yoko Uno and Olivia Harrison were a few of the keynote speakers.”
One of Grabeman’s favorite moments was when Kris Kristofferson gave an especially moving speech in which he addressed his recent memory loss.
He noted he is no longer capable of recalling his career and the achievements for which he was being celebrated.
Despite this, Kristofferson said he was grateful for the ability to still recognize his wife and children.
Grabeman, the son of Dr. David and Linda Grabeman of Pawleys Island, graduated from Lowcountry Preparatory School in 2011.
An aspiring musician since falling in love with the guitar at 15, Grabeman – who also sings and plays a bit of piano – chose to attend Belmont, a Christian university in Nashville, Tenn. A liberal arts school, Belmont has a particularly strong music program.
“At Belmont I have been blessed with countless opportunities to pursue my passion in music and the music business. I have access to world class recording studios like RCA and Studio B. I have occasion to sit in on seminars with prominent figures in the music business, and I get to attend music events throughout Nashville and around the country.”