Communication Arts department welcomes new faculty
WILMORE, KY—The Asbury College Communication Arts department welcomes two new faculty for the spring 2010 semester: musician and recording artist Barry Blair and news anchor Nancy Cox.
Barry Blair has been involved with audio and the music industry for almost 20 years. His vast experience brings a depth to Asbury College’s audio and music industry classes.
Blair’s music career began as the guitarist and a founding member of the popular Christian band Audio Adrenaline. From 1991 to 1996 Blair performed in more than 500 live appearances with Audio A. Blair also played guitar on three Audio Adrenaline recordings, including the RIAA certified gold recording, Bloom. He is also credited as a writer on many of the band’s hit songs, including the song “Big House,” which was named by CCM magazine as the “number 1 song of the decade” in the 1990's.
Blair owns his own recording studio since 1997 and has a long list of credits as a producer. In 1996, Blair discovered the band Bleach and brought them to Forefront Records. He went on to produce two CD's for Bleach, including the 1996 CD titled Space, which received a Dove nomination for Modern Rock Album of the Year. Blair also won a Dove Award for Modern Rock Song of the Year for the Bleach's song "Epidermis Girl.” Other bands Blair has produced include Poor Man's Riches, Shaded Red, Addison Road, and Finding Favour.
In between his production projects, Blair has also had the opportunity to work as a session guitarist for various artists including Rebecca St. James, Newsboys, Bryan Duncan, and Raze.
He has won a total of three Dove Awards, one Grammy and received four Dove nominations.
Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter Nancy Cox has been involved in news for over 17 years. A former “Miss Kentucky 1990,” Cox began as an anchor in 1986. She is currently WLEX-TV’s (Lexington, KY) 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. news anchor.
While at WLEX, Cox has won several Associated Press awards for spot news coverage and coverage of UK basketball. In 2002, she was honored to receive television’s most coveted award, The Emmy, for anchoring (chosen from 570 entries/146 nominees). And in 2008, the Associated Press named Cox “Best News Anchor in Kentucky.” In 2009, she was nominated for an additional Emmy.
Cox is teaching part-time at Asbury in the area of media performance. Away from work, Cox loves to spend time with her husband and two children, and watching baseball or soccer. She also enjoys singing gospel and country music.