Grammy Award Winner Joins Canaan Community Academy

Friday, May 3rd, 2019 5:28am

By Rhonda Pennington, Canaan Community Academy

One of the founders of the Mavericks

Grammy award winner Robert Earl Reynolds will be directing the Canaan Community Academy (CCA) music program 2019-20 school year. Reynolds brings 30 years of professional experience in music and related industries - film, t.v., art, and design. He is also the recipient of multiple CMA and ACM awards. Reynolds shared, “I don’t even know how to express my humble gratitude for this opportunity, it’s like a beautiful miracle in my life.”


Reynolds has always been interested in music, art, and theater and began taking guitar lessons at age 14. Through high school and his first years at community college, he enjoyed the study of theater and graphic design with the idea that a career in commercial art could be his fall back, should a career in music prove impossible.


By late 1989 he formed the group the Mavericks, and through hard work and good management, landed a record contract in Nashville in 1992. Between 1994 and 2000, the Mavericks went on to sell several million records and win a Grammy Award, as well as multiple CMA and ACM awards. Between 1989 and 2014, Reynolds toured the world dozens of times and played more than 1,000 shows. Reynolds has personally scored 30 children’s films, written 100’s of songs, and hosted his own TV show.


Reynolds shared his favorite thing about beginning his new position, “Simply put this is my season of life to pay back the many blessings I have had and enjoy to this day. I want to share my passion for music and creativity and give the children in my care and classroom the opportunity to find their creativity. I want to teach more than music, but also teach music history and appreciation for lots of dif erent music and also team building through working in groups using music as a common goal.”


Canaan Community Academy welcomes Robert Earl Reynolds, ‘Mr. Robert’. Chief Administrative Officer, Rhonda Pennington reported, “We are thrilled with this unique, once in a lifetime opportunity for our students to explore music while experiencing the dif erent genres, instruments, songwriting and more with such a talented individual.” ‘Mr. Robert’ has already met the staff, students and some of the parents. Parent, Tristan Imel expressed, “We are looking forward to having Mr. Robert join the CCA family, he will be a wonderful addition to the caring staf at CCA, he has already impressed me with his humble attitude towards life and how much he views working with all of our children as a beautiful miracle in his life!


My daughter said, I think ‘Mr. Robert’ is going to be a great music teacher because he is fun and happy!”

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