Memphis Music Industry


A Conversation With David Porter

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  • Date: February 7, 2017
  • Time: 19:00
  • Location GRAMMY Museum Mississippi 800 W Sunflower Rd, Cleveland, MS 38732
  • Venue: A Conversation With David Porter

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is pleased to welcome a Songwriters Hall of Fame-inducted songwriter, producer and entrepreneur with music sales in excess of 300 million units, David Porter, for two exciting programs in the Sanders Soundstage on Feb. 7. at 7 p.m.

Porter will discuss his successful career, share his experience as the first staff songwriter for Stax Records, and provide insight into his non-profit endeavors through The Consortium MMT. Tickets for the program are $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the Museum box office at 662-441-0100, or in person at the Museum at 800 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS.

As a songwriter, producer for the iconic Stax Records, Porter is widely known for the songs that he has written and co-written over the years, including hits such as “Soul Man,” “Hold On I’m Coming,” and “I Thank You.” He also has a passion for helping to develop the next generation of talented songwriters, recording artists, and record producers.  He is the founder of The Consortium MMT, a national mentoring program based in Memphis, Tenn.  Through this program, Porter connects successful music professionals and entrepreneurs with experience in various disciplines of the entertainment industry with talented youth in an effort to offer invaluable insight and provide them with an opportunity to cultivate their artistry.


About David Porter

David Porter is an internationally renowned songwriter, producer, and a native of Memphis, Tennessee.  He is a cornerstone of the legendary Stax Records of Memphis.  He recorded his first record as a solo singer at the age of nineteen for local Golden Eagle Records. After spending time as a performer and recording artist, Porter became the first African American staff songwriter for Stax Records. Within two years, Isaac Hayes joined him as his co-writing partner and they became one of the top songwriting and producing teams in the entire industry. Porter’s songs have been involved in more than 300 million units sold worldwide. Some of his most successful songs are: “Soul Man,” “Hold On I’m Coming,” “When Something is Wrong With My Baby,” and “I Thank You” to name just a few.  Porter also includes in his credits “Dream Lover” by Mariah Carey and “Getting Jiggy Wit It” by Will Smith as well as many, many others.  In June 2005, he was inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York City.  Currently, he is still writing and producing and is a successful entrepreneur.  In October of 2012, Porter announced the forming of his national mentoring program, The Consortium MMT.  The vision of this program is to capitalize on the global credibility that Memphis has for its “Soul Music” and develop a fresh new talent pool to carry that credibility well into the future. The program currently is developing elevated skills in talented songwriters, recording artists/entertainers, and record producers.



About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation — a non-profit organization developed in 2011 — the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape.  For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.  For behind-the-scenes access, add us on Snapchat at GRAMMYMuseumMS.