Today we’d like to introduce you to Mary Ann Griffiths.
Hi Mary, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My name is Mary Ann Kaylor-Griffiths. I am a Selma, AL native, CEO of the business, Kaylor Girl Promotions, headquartered in Nashville, TN, entrepreneur, author, and fourteen-year music industry veteran. Kaylor Girl Promotions started out with just my two sisters and me with a passion for live music.
We started attending shows every week checking out the trendiest spots and the newest bands in and around Auburn, AL while in college. As friends joined us the group grew larger and soon acquired the nickname The Kaylor Girls. As regulars on the music scene in Auburn, Alabama, we built connections in the local music industry and began to get hired to help rev up crowds during shows, sell merch and do marketing. I started to build relationships with bar owners, radio station owners, bands, and loyal fans. I then decided to make the move to Nashville, TN in 2010.
I began attending Middle Tennessee State University studying in the area of Music Business with a minor in Entrepreneurship. I landed an internship at Average Joes Entertainment and was eventually hired on as a Publicist after graduation. I then began writing for food and music blogs and the journalist passion in me took flight.
I am still the CEO of Kaylor Girl Promotions doing publicity. I am a freelance writer as well as run my own blogs featured on www.kaylorgirls.com, Grubs and Grooves, and Nashville Socialite. I just published my first book, “I’m Not Drunk, I’m Cooking.” Finally, I am just a few classes away from my Master’s Degree at MTSU.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
With any industry, there are always going to be struggling. The music and food industries are ever-changing. It is a challenge to stay up with what is current and have your voice heard. I am blessed to have wonderful friends, clients, and mentors that continue to support me.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
As I previously mentioned I am CEO of Kaylor Girl Promotions. I specialize in publicity for artists, music interviews, blogging about food, restaurants, and events, and just published my first book. I am also working on my Master’s Degree at Middle Tennessee State University.
This year, I received the award for Outstanding Graduate Student which was a huge accomplishment. I am constantly pushing myself, continuing my education, and following my dreams. I am most proud of the relationships I have built and for never giving up. I try to help others in also pursuing their dreams. I think this business will always be a big part of my life and I hope that it continues to grow.
I am also a TN registered dental assistant, oral surgery office manager, and have worked in dentistry for 15 years. I enjoy volunteering with Interfaith Dental Clinic when I can.
I am the wife of an award-winning musician and the mother of five fur babies. When I am not cooking or writing, I spend most of my time reading, kayaking, traveling the world, attending concerts, drinking wine, and playing with my niece and nephews.
Alright, so to wrap up, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Do not ever think you are not good enough to do something. Chase your dreams with all of your might. Be kind to yourself. Take a break if you need to, but do not ever give up.
- Email: grubsandgrooves@gmail. com or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.kaylorgirls.com
- Instagram: @kaylorgirlpromotions @grubsandgrooves @nashvillesocialite @imnotdrunkimcooking
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaylorgirls
- Other: https://www.amazon.com/Im-Not-Drunk-Cooking/dp/B09CRY4BMZ