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Moress turns love of music into successful career. (Stan Moress)

NASHVILLE -- Music City was a logical place for Stan Moress to end up, but it was a circuitous trip getting here. Although he has worked in Nashville for years, he has only lived here for the past three, managing such country artists as Clint Black and Lorrie Morgan as part of the Moress Nanas Shea Entertainment partnership.

Moress was born and raised in Rochester, N.Y., where his only connection to the entertainment business was a love for music. He also loved water-skiing, and ended up receiving his higher education from Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla.

"I wanted to go to a small school and get away from some of the weather problems you face in upstate New York," Moress said. "Rollins College was right on the lake and I was on the water-skiing team. It was a perfect situation. There were only 800 students enrolled there at the time."

Moress graduated with a business degree and his next stop was the West Coast, where his cousin Henry Rogers of the Rogers & Cowan publicity firm helped him land a job as an errand boy for $35 a week.

"That's where I got my first real taste of show business," Moress recalled. "Los Angeles in 1960 was absolutely glorious, and I had a great time. …

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