Songwriter Purchases Nashville Building, Plans Entertainment Venue

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• January 11, 2013

400Songwriter Brett James recently purchased a Nashville building for $2.6 million, with plans to turn the space into a restaurant and entertainment venue.

The building is located at 400 4th Avenue South and was formerly St. Paul’s A.M.E. church, before becoming offices for EOA Architects. “I just fell in love with the building,” James tells MusicRow of the place, which was originally home to the first free black church in Nashville and built in 1874. “I want to preserve it in hopes that it can become the entertainment cornerstone of So Bro and Korean Veterans Blvd.”

James has had considerable success as a songwriter, co-writing Martina McBride‘s “Blessed,” Chris Young‘s “Man I Want To Be,” Kenny Chesney‘s “Reality,” “Keg In The Closet,” “When The Sun Goes Down” and “We Went Out Last Night,” and Carrie Underwood‘s “Jesus Take The Wheel,” among numerous other tunes.

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