MEET THE TEAM
The People Behind The Music
Melita Hodge is Sydney based and has worked in the Australian Entertainment industry for 25 years, the first ten in EMI Music Australia’s marketing department, working with local and international acts like Radiohead, Robbie Williams, Crowded House, Blur, Kasey Chambers to name a few. Since 2002 she has co-managed Kasey Chambers along with Nash, in an enduring and successful partnership.
She is also co-director of music/talent company FG Projects (Odette, Adam Liaw) and has worked for over a decade across the broader entertainment industry consulting at celebrity and lifetstyle talent agencies. She also has a Bachelor of Business Communications and a Bachelor of Social Sciences and Psychology.
Emmie Chambers is the newest member of the Essence family. While not directly related to Nash, we are all one big music family here. With a degree in Entertainment Industry from the University of North Alabama, she has experience working with labels, publishers, and live music venues. She completed internships with Single Lock Records, an independent record label in Florence, Alabama, and Big Loud Publishing here in Nashville. As a musician herself, Emmie's background in music and marketing provides a unique skillset to develop emerging artists.
Production & Management
An Australian native now living in Music City, Nash Chambers is the producer/engineer behind numerous multi-platinum recordings and a passionate manager for the artists he works with. As a 5 time winner of CMAA's Producer of the Year, Nash's recording and production journey has seen him work with Kasey Chambers, Jimmy Barnes, Paul Kelly, Bliss n Eso, Cold Chisel, Amy Sheppard, Jamie McDell, The Waifs, Hayes Carll, Catherine Britt, Jedd Hughes, Troy Cassar-Daley, Archie Roach, Ross Wilson, Daniel Champagne plus many more. His work in Australia has received 15 ARIA Awards, 30 CMAA Awards, plus numerous Number 1 and multi-platinum recordings.
For the past 20+ years, Nash has also managed the career of his sister, Kasey Chambers, helping her become one of Australia's most successful artists that regularly tours internationally. He also manages New Zealand artist Jamie McDell, Aussie Punk-Blues trio 19twenty, and Atlanta sweetheart Carly Burruss.
Nash is co-founder and producer of the Australian Americana Music Honors, which is held annually at Byron Bay's Bluesfest for the US Americana Music Assoc. He has excelled in all areas of music production and management and is excited to continue his career in Nashville.