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Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird visited his alma mater Wednesday to share the keys to a successful career in the music industry. Laird, who has written with music heavyweights such as Carrie Underwood, Ne-Yo and Kacey Musgraves, insists that a love for music and a diverse attitude are necessary in the music industry. “I …

Grammy-winning producer and MTSU alum Luke Laird performs at The Rutledge in Nashville, Tenn. on March 27, 2014. His performance was a part of the 2014 Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival. (Cat Murphy / MTSU Sidelines)

By Natalie Shipley // Staff Writer Considered “MTSU’s most famous alumnus,” it has been more than 10 years since award-winning songwriter and producer Luke Laird attended the university. “I don’t know how accurate that is, but, hey, if that’s what it is for now, I feel honored,” Laird said during a break in a performance …

By Dylan Aycock, MTSU Sidelines Staff Writer Opening the door and looking inside, the sight of vintage hats, old-fashioned cameras and polished typewriters are reminiscent of a familiar place. The sound of creaking, wooden floors and a rustic aroma are soon replaced with friendly laughter and welcoming voices. After a few nostalgic moments, it becomes clear …

The album artwork for Beck's "Morning Phase" (FILE)

By Patty Greer // Staff Writer Beck is best known for his ’94 hit ‘Loser,” but since then he’s pushed all musical boundaries. Including influences of pop, rock, blues, soul and basically every other genre imaginable. “Morning Phase” is the first album by Beck time in nearly six years and is considered to be a sequel …

Match Records artist Luke Caccetta serenades a student as a part of Omega Delta Psi's Valentine's Day fundraiser on Wednesday February 12, 2014. (MTSU Sidelines / John Connor Coulston)

Match Records artist Luke Caccetta serenaded two lucky students Wednesday afternoon as a part of Omega Delta Psi’s Valentine’s Day Fundraiser. “It was a lot of fun to be able to make people smile and to make them feel special for a verse or two. I was honored to be able to do that for [Omega Delta Psi] and …

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By John Connor Coulston // Assistant A&E Editor With the Sochi Winter Games starting this week, now is the perfect time to put some Olympic jams into your everyday playlist to soundtrack a month of skiing, luge, figure skating, curling and more. “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis Taken from the film of the same name, …