Phillip Cordell

Where ya from and where have you lived?

  • Moved to East Nashville at the age of 5 from Oak Park, IL. Currently live on the East Side but have also lived in Brentioch and Madison.

Where'd ya go to school?​

  • Rosebank Elementary, Meigs Middle, Hume-Fogg High, Loyola of Chicago (short-lived) and THE Middle Tennessee State University

What’s your history in Nashville?

  • I grew up playing in bands and with a 1-man show, performing around Nashville at spots like Lucy's Record Shop, Guido's Pizzeria, The End, Exit/In and Mercy Lounge. Loved going to Dancin' in the District at Riverfront Park after school. Saw Rage with Wu-Tang at Starwood AND Rage with Gang-Starr at Bridgestone...Cool Dads :)

 

  • After a brief stint at Loyola of Chicago, I came back to MTSU and graduated with a degree in TV/Film Production while holding down a valet job at PF Changs on West End and Morton's on Church Street.

  • I then worked for 12 years in ProAV at M3 Tech Group where I moonlit as the world's #1 A/V Rapper, HiPhi the AV Pro. With a story to tell about that experience, I wrote and produced a TV Pilot called Prince of Pools where I met Rashad and Dean. It was successful enough to know that I had to go "all in" if I was gonna make this entertainment thing a reality, and thus NDC was born.

Got Kids?

  • Qty (1) 6 yr old boy and qty (1) 4 yr old girl.

Strongest Dad Skill? 

  • Making every life lesson into a song. "Stop crying, let's sing!" Also instilling the importance of Titan's Fandom.

Weakest Dad Skill?   

  • Stopping my kids from watching TV...

 

What do you love most about being a dad in Nashville?

  • Our friendly vibe and emphasis on community create a fantastic environment to raise kiddos. Whether local or transplant, Nashville loves ya!

What else should we know about you?

  • We gon' make it.

Find me - 

hiphiproductions.com

Instagram:@phillip.cordell

Twitter:@nashdadsclub

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Rashad Rayford

Where ya from and where have you lived?

  • Bordeaux, North Nashville, Antioch

Where'd ya go to school?​

  • Kings Lane (K, 5-6) Alex Green, Goodlettsville Middle, Hunters Lane High, Alabama A&M University 

What’s your history in Nashville?

  • Too many jobs to name, so I'll go old school. In High school and college I worked at Gus' produce, Kroger, and many, many odd Randstad jobs.

  • Growing up I kicked it at the Mix Factory, Mr. Gatti's, Rivergate Mall, Oak Valley Bowling alley, Old KnockOut Wings, Mix Factory, and Crowder Park.

  • I was a proud member of the Lovenoise movement and have rocked stages all across the Southeast as Rashad Tha Poet.

How many kids, ages and gender?

  • 2 boys, ages 7 & 5, and 1 girl, age 1

Strongest Dad Skill? 

  • Ability to get wrestled to the ground by two growing boys and not get hurt.

Weakest Dad Skill?   

  • Telling my daughter No. 

 

What do you love most about being a dad in Nashville?

  • I love being able to take the family to the green way or just hang out at the library in the kidzone. 

What else should we know about you?

  • I wrote the book Elevate Your Vibe which is available now on Amazon!

Find me - 

Rashadthapoet.com

@Rashad_Rayford

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Dean Shortland

Where ya from and where have you lived?

  • Originially Australia, currently West Meade, and previously Lockeland Springs, Rosebank, South Inglewood, The Nations, and Green Hills.

Where'd ya go to school?​

  • All Down Under! Melbourne, Victoria actually: Primary School - St Edmunds in Croydon, Secondary School - Donvale Christian College, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Theatre from Monash University, Master of Business Administration from Swinburne University

What’s your history in Nashville?

  • In 2005, I just kinda fell over here and liked it a lot. People were great, the cost of living was low and I could afford to buy a house! I fell in with the Mercy Lounge and Basement crowd and in my free time I helped book and promote bands of the non country variety. I hopped between East Nashville - frequenting 5 Spot and 3 Crow Bar - and the other side of the river - Mercy Lounge and The Basement. 

 

  • I started working for a company called Emma working on an email marketing platform, and from there I worked in product development for Griffin Technology. Griffin got sold and I started a company with two colleagues, working on a product we invented together that helps healthcare workers. All the while, I work in film and TV and have appeared on shows like Dynasty, Nashville, SIX, and Dolly Partons Heartstrings - Jolene.

How many kids, ages and gender?

  • 1 Threenage Girl!

Strongest Dad Skill? 

  • Cooking! Building Stuff! Fixing Stuff! Snacks! Doing dangerous stuff like making ziplines or getting in, flying and crashing home made planes.

Weakest Dad Skill?   

  • Sportz!!! Remembering dates and times. Not eating my kids candy. Not injuring myself. 

 

What do you love most about being a dad in Nashville?

  • I love the laid back and friendly vibe here. You can build a great life in Nashville and not go broke trying to do it. The city is growing at the speed of light and it's just getting better and better. I have such wonderful and life long friends here. 

What else should we know about you?

  • I invest in real estate, I snowboard, I have 3 passports, I hate squishy food and I'm obsessed with and terrified of deadly animals.

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Find me - 

www.deanshortland.com

Instagram: @deanshortland

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