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L-R: Robert Novogratz, Cortney Novogratz, Martina McBride, John McBride and recording artist Gavin DeGraw.
Nashville, TN (July 16, 2013)-Nashville's The Blackbird Academy got the pro designer's touch from Robert and Cortney Novogratz in preparation for its first class.

The husband and wife design team, who formerly did business as Sixx Design, are known for their Bravo docu-series 9 by Design as well as Home by Novogratz on HGTV. The couple's handiwork will be seen on Katie Couric's syndicated daytime TV show, Katie, on Wednesday, July 17, 2013. They have twice been profiled in The New York Times and have been featured in such publications as Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Travel + Leisure, American Way, Oprah, Architectural Digest and Star, among many others.
 
Located in the heart of Music City, The Blackbird Academy is owned by John McBride and award-winning country recording artist Martina McBride. Co-directors and industry veterans Kevin Becka and Mark Rubel spearhead the school, which has been positioned as the educational gateway to the recording and live sound industries. The Blackbird Academy is based out of Blackbird Studio, where the school will offer hands-on education and industry involvement for its students.
 
"Opening a school has been a dream of mine for a long time," stated John McBride. "After talking with hundreds of Blackbird Studio interns and hearing about their experiences, I believe we can provide a better and more affordable educational solution than what is currently available, and that offers our students real-world knowledge that they will use moving toward a career of audio recording or live sound engineering. We want to change the world and make it better for the next generation-The Blackbird Academy is just the place to make that happen."
 
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