SOURCE AWARD RECIPIENT
The Charlie Daniels Band, Sound Seventy Corporation
Paula Szeigis has spent the majority of her nearly four-decade career as a publicist for the legendary Charlie Daniels. Growing up in Memphis she recalls making trips to Nashville with her parents so that her father could attend the Grand Ole Opry. After attending the University of Tennessee Martin where she majored in elementary education, Paula began teaching preschool in Nashville.
In 1976 a friend urged her to apply for a receptionist position at Sound Seventy Productions. While at Sound Seventy, she had the opportunity to work with Liz Thiels, who became Paula's mentor. Paula worked her way up to director of advertising, promotion and publicity for the concert division at Sound Seventy, promoting acts from Bruce Springsteen, Elton John, and Billy Joel to Lionel Richie. She also worked in the Sound Seventy Management division with The Charlie Daniels Band, Dickey Betts, Jimmy Hall, Henry Paul, Nicolette Larson and Dobie Gray. When Charlie Daniels launched his own management company in 1988, he asked Paula to join him. Some memorable moments were the historic Volunteer Jams, the monumental success of "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," the Million Mile Reflection tour, Urban Cowboy movie, the start of Blue Hat Records and an invitation for Charlie to join the Grand Ole Opry.
In 1992, Charlie's manager, David Corlew, started an artist management company, Corlew O'Grady, and Paula had the opportunity to work with several new artists, including John Berry. She has worked with many of Charlie's charitable endeavors including the Jason Foundation, St. Jude Children's Hospital, and the Charlie Daniels Scholarship for Heroes event at Lipscomb University. Paula and husband Marty have been married 40 years and live in Nashville.