David Porter music consortium puts artists in front of producers - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

David Porter music consortium puts artists in front of producers

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis teens are getting a shot at the big leagues, but only after they complete specific musical requirements. 

The teens must go through a program with Memphis-native and Grammy award winning producer David Porter. 

Artists go through a six week program that helps them fine tune their talent.

"A real legitimate ambition...to be in the music industry," Porter said.

Some of those students are just days away from that ambition and hard work paying off.

"Nine of our recording artists will perform before record company officials out of Los Angeles and New York," Porter said.

In the three years since the program (Consortium MMT) started, more than 300 young musicians have been taken under Porter's wing and are stepping up to the mic. All with the hopes of becoming the next big thing.

They're students like LaShonte Anderson, who said without the program she would have to move away from home in order to realize and chase her dreams.

"One of my major concerns growing up in Memphis [was] that there wasn't, you know, any industry here for me," Anderson said. 

Now, her hometown talent is able to grow in its roots.

"It's amazing that, you know, these opportunities are being created for Memphis talent because the talent here is just crazy, so we need this," Anderson said.

Anderson is ready to step up to the mic and show the record producers what she is made of.

"The Grind that I put in to pay off," she said.

All nine of the musicians will hit the stage Friday at New Daisy Theater on Beale Street beginning at 8 p.m.

The event is free to the public, but they are asking for donations at the door.

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