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Warren Cobb

Executive Vice President - Artist & Repertoire

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Warren Cobb, is “working in concert” as co-President and co-owner of Listen Locally, LLC.  Listen Locally is a business that brings a wide array of talent to a broad audience each and every week.  Warren is also a singer, songwriter, performer and Executive Producer who formerly served as Associate Producer and Director of Talent Management for the NPR radio show “Red Barn Radio” and WUKY’s Concert Series “Commons Crossing”.  

Warren is currently the Executive Producer and Director of Talent Management for “Overtones LIVE”.  “Overtones LIVE” is a weekly radio show and podcast that showcases a tremendous range of talent that is multi-genre, multi-cultural and multi-generational.

He also serves as Executive Producer of “Gray Matters Hosted by Renee Cobb” and has served in those capacities with “Listen Locally Open Mic Night at The Twisted Cork” – both radio shows and podcasts that air on various stations across the nation and the globe.

In addition, Warren holds the positions of Executive Director, Vice President and Co-Founder of Room 17 Productions, a nonprofit organization is co-owned with his wife Renee, that promotes music education through storytelling, oral history, live performance and preservation of aging recordings.

 

 

In 1985, Warren acquired a Bachelor of Arts in Music and began a successfully pursuit of a life-long dream of becoming a working musician and performing in the arts. While at The University of Kentucky, Warren was a member of The University of Kentucky Chorus, The University of Kentucky Choristers and the prestigious The University of Kentucky Chorale.  Warren participated in A Shaker Worship Service, The Madrigal Dinners and three performances directed by Atlanta Symphony Conductor Robert Shaw during his time pursing his degree at The University of Kentucky School of Music.

In 2015, Warren and Renee Cobb, formed The Sara Holroyd Singers, an acapella choral group that performed for many audiences at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, the 2018 Lexington Music Awards and on Kentucky Educational Television.

  Over the years, he has become a well-known and highly respected musician and singer/songwriter in the Lexington, KY area and his versatile guitar styles and vocals were heard in the recordings and performances of such groups as The Tim Lake Little Big Band, The Castaways, The Mag7, Rod Jones Blues Band, Cross Country and Music Works and in such venues as The Kentucky Theater, opening for Warren Zevon and The Paramount Theater, opening for Billy Dean.

In 2015, Warren co-produced “The Tribute To Sara Holroyd” Concert held at the Singletary Center for the Arts.  Along with serving as Executive Director of the non-profit Room 17 Productions, he also performs with The Sara Holroyd Singers, teaches guitar and music lessons, is a booking manager for several venues and has worked as a Production Assistant and in Transportation for movie production companies that have filmed in Kentucky.

In his work with Listen Locally, Warren has also served as Executive Producer and Director of a robust open mic network and The Listen Locally Artist in Residence Series across the state of Kentucky – both platforms encouraging musicians from across the state of Kentucky and the region to share their gifts and talents in giving audience members an opportunity to “listen locally” each and every week.  


Warren also serves as a Project Manager for several global education initiatives for the University of Kentucky Louie B Nunn Center for Oral History with topics telling the stories of The University of Kentucky Cheerleading Squad, The Dr. Sara Holroyd Story, The Greg Austin Story, I Am Diversity and Women of Color in Medicine.


In 2021, Warren Cobb was the Executive Producer of The Tribute to Greg Austin Concert held at the historic Austin City Saloon in Lexington, KY and recorded for radio and television as well as “A Celebration of Black History Month at The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame”


As a result of his work and contributions, Listen Locally has been recognized as the Lexington Music Awards Music Business of the Year in 2020 and Overtones LIVE was awarded the Critics Choice honor in 2022.  Listen Locally and Room 17 Productions were both nominated in the Community Service category at the Lexington Music Awards in the years 2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.


In 2022, Overtones LIVE received nominations for the Appalachian Arts and Entertainment Awards in the categories of Best Blog, Best Short Documentary, Best Vlog, Best Author, Best Podcast, and DJ of the Year.


Also in 2022, Overtones LIVE received a nomination for The Josie Music Awards in the category of Videography and won The Josie Music Award Media Company of the Year for Audio/ Visual Excellence.

 

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