NARIP Houston Board Member
Ami Blackwell founded boutique PR agency SpinDrift Media & Entertainment in 2001 by writing bios and marketing materials to help promote local musicians, authors, organizations and hospitality clients in the Houston/Gulf Coast area. Blackwell holds a BA in Communication from University of Houston Clear Lake and earned an MBA in Media Management at Metropolitan College of New York. As a publicist in Nashville, TN, she was employed and mentored by Kathi Atwood of Music City News Media. During her tenure, she assisted in providing publicity services for country music clients such as Chris Cagle, Chely Wright, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Lawrence, Aaron Tippin, John McEuen, Eddie Money, Rhonda Towns and Eric Durrance. Upon her return to Houston, TX she assisted in the launch of A-Blake Records and managed the publicity efforts of artists PALE and Texas Country artist, Jason Cassidy, who achieved two #1 hits on the Texas Regional Chart and a #1 video on CMT Pure. Current SDME clients include Americana artists Grady Skelton and Parker McCollum of Hendrix Music Agency, Grace & Tony of Rock Ridge Records, Heidi Massin of 1.1 Digital Recordings, Cody Joe Tillman & The Wicked Truth, Breelan Angel, Sibling Rivalry, Hamilton Loomis, Grant Harrison, Red Box Harbor, Seraph and Backseat Molly. Previous entertainment projects include booking a satellite radio tour for Oliver North, who was debuting his first novel “Mission Comprised,” promoting the novel “Proof of Atlantis: Records from The Past,” by Houston author Charles Harris and leading the publicity efforts of the “Rhinestone Rembrandt” Manuel Cuevas of Manuel American Designs as he launched his “New Vision” product line. Blackwell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Americana Music Association. During her spare time, Blackwell tries to travel as much as possible and spends time with family that includes her 18-year-old nephew Damon and her nearly 3-year-old goddaughter, Scarlett. She also enjoys reading, movies, community theater performances and discovering new and local restaurants with great desserts.