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Zac Radford Plays with Heart and Passion

Zac Radford, 30, was born in St. Louis and grew up in Texas in between San Antonio and Austin. In 2003, his family moved to Brentwood, just south of Nashville.

After the move, he went on to finish high school and attend the University of Tennessee in Knoxville where he graduated in 2009. Over the last several years, Zac has been traveling off and on pursuing a PGA Tour. Having lived briefly in San Antonio and Orlando, he said he would always call Nashville home.

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Brandon Alexander Hopes to Chase His Dream in a Familiar City

Brandon Alexander, 24, calls Nashville his second home.

“I do a lot of traveling between here and Huntsville, and I want to move up to Nashville for culinary school.”

Born and raised in Pulaski, Brandon still lives in the little town just over an hour’s drive south of Nashville. He graduated from Sparkman High School in Alabama, then went to Calhoun Community College for a little bit before deciding to join the workforce.

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Audrey Rhodes Creates a Funky Style of Her Own

Audrey Rhodes 29, took an incredible journey from law enforcement to fashion.

Homeschooled for the entirety of her academic career, she said having the freedom in her schedule at that time allowed her the chance to pursue other areas of interests.

Toward the end of her homeschool experience, she became interested in crime scene investigation through a paid internship and vocational training program at her local police department.

“It turned into a career, and I loved it,” she said.

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For Gabrielle Saliba, Dance is About Culture and a Connection

At the age of nine, Gabrielle Saliba’s mother put her in a dancing class. By 12, the Nashville area native was in love.

“My mom was like get out of my kitchen,” she said laughing. “I couldn’t help it. It was the best surface in the house.”

Gabrielle, 40, said apart from family, dance is the longest relationships she’s had in her life.

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Music Brought Alicia Lundquist to the US then to Nashville

Continuing our series with Festival of the Nations, today we bring you Alicia Lundquist.

Alicia Lundquist, 70, originally from the Philippines came to the United States as a young bride to a naval officer.

A well-known singer and entertainer there, she was invited to the U.S. by famous televangelist Bob Hope.

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For Shoheb Punjani, Business is about a Human Connection

Shoheb Punjani, 24, was born in India in 1991.

At the age of eight in 1999, he and his family moved to the United States.

Shoheb has always been geared toward creativity. Today, he is the founder of a startup called Ark Content Media Management, a small business whose goal is to further the presence of other small businesses online.

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Lily Hansen Met Her Community through Collaborations

Lily Hansen, 29, originally from Chicago, moved to Nashville in 2012.

Growing up in a creative atmosphere, Lily started writing when she was 18. In college, she worked as a journalist and as an art critic for her school newspaper.

Graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, she said her experiences in the city were polarizing.

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Maneet Chauhan Adds Spice to the Nashville Community

Maneet Chauhan, 39, was born and raised in a small but diverse city in India.

“Each and every state in India has a very distinct cuisine of its own,” she said. “I was this obnoxious kid who would finish eating at home and then go to my neighbor’s house and eat with them too.”

Maneet said those obnoxious experiences gave her an appreciation for ingredients, spices, and cuisines. It opened her up to new techniques that weren’t used at her house.