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Chuck Whiting is an award-winning publicist, educator, songwriter/composer and author. A former newspaper reporter, he founded Whiting Publicity & Promotions in 1993. His customers include visual artists, songwriters, musical performers, authors, art galleries, hotels, non-profit organizations, and businesses of all kinds.
Chuck also serves as editor of Music City Arts Update, a free, non-profit newsletter that provides much-needed exposure for emerging artists of all kinds. The newsletter is posted weekly at www.MusicCityArtsUpdate.com.
He has developed the "Publicizing Your Dream" seminar to show emerging artists, entrepreneurs and non-profits how to handle public relations, including the writing and distribution of press releases. The seminar has been held in Tennessee and Virginia and aired internationally on the Internet. Chuck also has spoken to groups such as SongU, Indie Connect, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Songwriters Guild of America, and the Positive Music Association. For more information about the seminar, visit www.PublicizingYourDream.com.
Chuck also is the founder of several events. The monthly "Tunesmithing Off Music Row spotlights emerging and professional songwriters. "Arts on the Row" gives artists of all kinds the opportunity to share their talents.
Shine Time Books and Music, the book and music publishing arm of Whiting Publicity, provides promotional and logistical support for authors and performing artists of all kinds. Chuck is the author and co-songwriter of "The Littlest Star: a musical story", a book and CD featuring performances by musical performers Margo Smith, Denny Jiosa and Conni Ellisor. "The Littlest Star" single has received radio airplay in the U.S. and Europe. He also has composed and recorded a dozen instrumentals for a piano album. In 2010, Shine Time Books published the book "Wordabulous!: Celebrating the Positive Power of Words" by National Vocabulary Championship Coach of the Year Debbie Watts.
Also an educator, Chuck teaches communication classes as an adjunct professor at Middle Tennessee State University and Volunteer State Community College.
Chuck began his career as a newspaper reporter for The Birmingham (Ala.) News and The Mobile (Ala.) Press Register. After that, he served as the employee newsletter editor for the 11,000-employee Alabama Power Co. He was the PR representative for the 3,000-room Gaylord Opryland Hotel for seven years. His PR firm, Whiting Publicity & Promotions, celebrated its 15th year of operation in 2008.
Chuck’s company has served a wide range of customers. Highlights include visual artist Charlotte Terrell, "One Kiss Cafe" (a musical directed by Ted Swindley), professional songwriter-author Lisa Aschmann, Union Station Hotel, National Vocabulary Championship Coach of the Year Debbie Watts ("Word Woman"), former Harlem Globetrotter Dr. "Jumpin' Johnny" Kline, American Music Channel, Ed Haggard and The Love Drums, visual artist Camille Engel, hit songwriter Rand Bishop, singer-songwriter-speaker Joyce Rouse (Earth Mama), Grammy-winning producer-composer Dennis Scott (and The WannaBeatles), HA Gallery, visual artist Gail McDaniel, author Vinny Ribas, performing artist/speaker Donna Michael, author Candy Paull, the musical duo Tim & Myles Thompson, radio personalities The Saucy Sisters, and musical artist Nancy Moran. He has worked with organizations such as the International Leadership Development Institute and the "Students & Friends of gail McDaniel Award".
He has received awards from the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, the Public Relations Council of Alabama, Sigma Delta Chi, and the Songwriters Guild of America.
Chuck holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Alabama (UAB) in Birmingham.
For more information about Chuck, visit www.WhitingPublicity.com or www.MusicCityArtsUpdate.com.