When Dawn Kamerling was a kid, her mother asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up. Her answer? “I want to work in music.”
Over 20 years ago, she started on the path to making that dream a reality.
After honing her chops and building connections by working at an acclaimed PR firm, she decided to set out on her own. Dawn founded The Press House on the idea of providing personal service and attention to each individual client – something that’s hard to come by in the fast-paced and often impersonal world of PR.
Using nothing more than her charisma, drive, business savvy, and her vision for the company, Dawn built The Press House into a successful PR powerhouse that employs a staff of passionate and talented people located throughout the country.
In addition to her work with Press House clients, Dawn has taken part in music industry panels, penned articles on the art of publicity and self-promotion, as well as consulted for various record labels and start-up PR firms. In addition to this, she's led self-promotion workshops for CD Baby and The Kaui Music Festival.
In recent years, The Press House has expanded from its music roots into the world of film and restaurant publicity, as well as event planning. Post-expansion, Dawn’s client-centric philosophy still hasn’t changed.
"No matter what industry you're working in, marketing comes down to having a vision for the endgame and figuring out the strategy to get there,” she says. “That’s my favorite part of the job.”
Ever since she was a teenager, Kiva has felt a connection to the music world. When she was younger, she found a welcoming community as she made connections with, supported, and promoted the bands and music she was passionate about.
"When I was a kid, every Wednesday I would go to the local club and sneak into shows. I felt like an outcast at school, and the bands were nonjudgmental. They became some of my closest friends,” Kiva says. "That connection made it personal, and it drove me to spread the word about these bands. And that connection stays with me today, whether I'm working for bands, charities, comedians, or photographers."
Today, as PR director and publicist for The Press House, she uses her knack for developing deep interpersonal connections to create hugely successful campaigns. Her confidence and open-minded approach to PR are valuable assets when working with the firm’s diverse client base.
"I'm always learning," she says. "But with any new client, you just jump right in and pitch with the same passion and aggressiveness you do all of your other clients. That entails thinking about what they need and making sure they're portrayed in the proper light."
When not busy with work for The Press House, Kiva is an accomplished photographer. Her works has appeared everywhere from major music magazines to album covers. Her favorite photography subject, however, is nature, and her love of animals shines through in her stunning shots of howling wolves, grazing deer, and preening birds.
Her first love, however, will always be music. “Never in a million years did my 15-year-old self think that I would be doing what I am today,” Kiva says. “That excitement hasn't gone away."
When she joined The Press House in 2010, Nashville native Maria Ivey already had extensive experience in the music industry, having worked for satellite powerhouse SiriusXM, as well as in artist management.
With her determination, grassroots work ethic, and passion for music, The Press House was a perfect fit, and Maria quickly moved home from NYC to open The Press House’s Nashville office.
Maria is a natural at delivering The Press House’s signature hands-on approach for each and every client, whether they’re debuting their first album or accepting their tenth Grammy win. She’s skilled at helping her clients achieve their goals in a dynamic media landscape that’s constantly changing.
"I am essentially a storyteller,” she says. “Every day, I have the privilege to tell my client's stories and connect them with a listening audience. It's the best job in the world.”
While her roots will always lie in music, Maria played a key role in launching The Press House’s lifestyle division, conducting wildly successful campaigns for the openings of some of Nashville’s hottest restaurants, festivals, and venues.
A guest lecturer at Belmont University, her alma mater, Maria has also spoken on the PR panel at Folk Alliance International. When she’s not working to make her clients famous, Maria can be found covered with soil, forever perfecting the odd assortment of heirloom vegetables in her garden. She lives in East Nashville with her husband, four chickens, and a Labrador Retriever who loves her just a little less than Jesus.
An obsession with music started early for Sarah Frost, when she received her first George Strait cassette at just six years old.
Sarah, a native Texan, developed a deep connection to the music world and set off to work in marketing, event production, and social media. After moving to Nashville in 2014 and immersing herself in the entertainment industry, it was only natural that she would find The Press House and become part of the team a year later. After beginning with The Press House’s Nashville office, she relocated to New York in 2016.
Sarah shares The Press House’s passion for music and personal attention to each of its clients. Her expert writing skills and meticulous attention to grammar make her a skilled craftswoman for every pitch and press release. From lifestyle brands to musicians, Sarah believes that every client has a story to tell, and she loves being the one to help bring these stories to the the rest of the world.
Her Instagram feed is filled with photos of her dog, Dolly Parton-Madison, in addition to screenshots of whichever of the various Bruce Springsteen/Ryan Adams/James Taylor/Joni Mitchell playlists she’s currently blasting throughout her home.
Austin native Ellee Fletcher grew up listening to the canon of great songwriters. Her passion for music was built on a childhood spent immersed in the musical storytelling of Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt.
Ellee launched her PR career by working in the entertainment, lifestyle, and hospitality fields before joining the Press House team. Storytelling is still a central theme for Ellee as she works to craft campaigns that bring each of her clients’ distinctive stories to life. Whether she’s working with a talented chef, a first-time author, a seasoned music festival producer, or an emerging musician, Ellee highlights the creative thread that connects all of The Press House’s clientele.
As the co-founder of the Luck Reunion music festival, Ellee works to celebrate the diversity and evolution of American roots music. She spends her free time nurturing her unhealthy obsession with “Yatzy,” the Norwegian version of Yahtzee.
Born in North Carolina, Tim made his way to the Mile-High City at the age of 8. Music has always been a part of Tim’s life, and he started violin lessons when he was only 4 years old.
He attended Belmont University, initially majoring in Vocal Performance before switching to Entertainment Industry Studies. Degree in hand, Tim set out to New York City to forge a career in PR, specializing in the entertainment industry.
Before joining The Press House, Tim learned the ropes at an esteemed PR firm, gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to build successful campaigns. While working on large projects, he is skilled at using innovation to get the best coverage for his clients. He’s an expert at working with an array of clients and events, from one-man-bands and local, one-night-only events to large organizations and international red carpet affairs.
In recent years, Tim has made his way back to the Centennial State, returning home to Denver. He is passionate about his city and all it has to offer and enjoys watching it grow and develop. Tim’s current focus is tour press management as he works to build The Press House’s Denver office into an entity that will rival New York City, Nashville, and Los Angeles.
Born at the foothills of the Appalachian Trail, Sarah Bennett is a Georgia peach that was raised on mountain music and a lot of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and sometimes Young.
After moving to Athens, Georgia, to pursue a degree in journalism at the University of Georgia and immerse herself in indie rock, she ultimately fell in love with media and the music industry. During her time in Athens, she gained invaluable experience in artist promotion and writing. She has been published in multiple outlets, including print (Ampersand Magazine) and online venues (Vinyl Mag, Paste Magazine).
She is happy to now call Nashville home and loves the personality that lives within the city. She believes that the heart of media lies in making meaningful relationships and telling the best stories, which makes working at The Press House her dream job. "Being able to go to work and come home always feeling inspired to do more, push harder, and expand your knowledge is something that most people never get to experience. I feel so lucky that I get that every single day."
On the side, Sarah still freelances regularly and spends most of her free time in nature, bars, and at concerts. She supports the Oxford comma and holds the title of Shania Twain's #1 Fan.