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Nashville Lifestyles' 2013 Most Eligible Singles

The surprising truth about Nashville's hottest singles

Written By:  Nashville Lifestyles

Photographers:  Cameron Powell

Brett Eldredge
26, Atlantic Records’ Recording Artist,
Lives in 12 South

When I’m out with my friends, I…
love to go places that not everyone is going. Somewhere random! I feel like those kind of nights are the most fun. Plus you can break out embarrassing dance moves and you don't have to worry about anyone you know seeing it!

My celebrity crush is…
Scarlett Johansson

My days are…
filled with randomness. I don't like routine. It’s fine every once in a while, but I like not knowing what's next and just wingin’ it!

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
a worn out old rowboat my grandma gave me when I was a kid. It was rusty and leaked water, but I didn't care. To me it was a yacht! I caught tons of fish on that boat!

Once I week, I like to…
have a home cooked meal with my mom, dad and brother. If you tried my mom’s cooking, you would too!

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Morgan Canclini
25, Publicist, Worthy Publishing
Lives in the West End

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
Cookie dough, movie, Snuggie – enough said.

On a first date, I like to be taken to…
Bricktops. I always seem to end up there on a first date. And I always get the same dish – Parmesan Crusted Chicken.

Once I week, I like to…
go to the Farmer’s Market in Franklin.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
a necklace my sister gave me when I moved to Nashville, engraved with the word “fly.” We pass it back and forth to each other when we need it – Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants style.

I’ve always wanted to go to…
Portugal. In college I backpacked through Europe for a semester, but never made it to Portugal. I’ve always wanted to go back and see the country I missed.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Lavelle Hawkins
26, Wide Receiver for the Tennessee Titans
Lives in Green Hills

When I am out with friends, I…
Sit around and crack jokes (I’m a funny guy) and talk a lot about life after football. During the season I’m focused, and during the offseason we talk a lot about life.

I usually take a first date to…
It depends on the personality of the woman. I’m a spur-of-the-moment type of guy. But I like to make sure that we both have a good time.

Once a week, I like to…
Eat Jet’s pizza.

The most surprising place I’ve ever met another single was…
On an airplane from New Orleans to Nashville. I got on the plane looking as good as I can look and I saw a beautiful young lady and I took a seat next to her. I hit her with my charm, and I took off like the plane took off. BOOM!!!!

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
I got it all…it’s up to the women. They like The Weekend and Miguel.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Jennifer Danielson
36, CMT Music Strategy
Lives in Belmont area

When I’m out with my friends…
we love to laugh and always have a great time no matter what we're doing!

People may be surprised to learn that I…
love sports (watching and playing)!

My celebrity crush is…
I can’t pick just one so James Marsden, Kirk Herbstreit and Scott Avett!

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
being asked to be the Godmother to my two Nephews. They are my most precious gift!

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes:
I love all kinds of music but right now it would include Mumford & Sons, Matthew Perryman Jones, Adele, Ray LaMontagne, David Gray and Grace Potter.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Pete Anderson
31, Booking Agent
Lives in 12 South

I usually take a first date to…
an intimate, low key meal, doesn’t have to be dinner. I love to eat well. Spots like Mitchell Deli, Mad Platter, Miss Saigon, Caffe Nonna, Rosepepper are favorites.

People may be surprised to learn that…
my great, great grandfather, my great grandfather and my grandfather were all Generals in the U.S. Army. People may be equally disappointed to realize this military legacy ended with my generation. My cousins totally dropped the ball…

My celebrity crush is…
the Duchess of Cambridge. That Willie is a lucky man.

Once I week, I like to …
go to the grocery and stock my kitchen. It’s distressing to open the fridge and see nothing but ketchup and beer.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
my cat Maxwell. He’s a brick wrapped in velvet. Too bad cat owners get judged harshly.

I’ve always want to go to…
Sharm el-Sheikh. Red Sea is the place to be, I just know it.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Cathy Sewell
Forever 30 something, Clear Channel Advertising Consultant
Lives in Midtown

The most surprising place I’ve ever met another single was…
running the trails at Percy Warner.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
2 Catahoula puppies (brother, Sam, and sister, Josie) that became and remain a very special part of my family given to me by my horse trainer and friend as a farm-warming gift.

My biggest turn off is…
laziness.

Once I week, I like to …
try something new…eat at new restaurant, check out new band, hike a new trail, stop by a new store, meet a new friend, walk the new pups at Nashville Humane Association, try the latest, toughest boot camp class.

When I’m out with my friends, I…
head to Virago for sushi or Whiskey Kitchen for an appetizer then go check out some great live music or hit a house party then end the night in midtown….probably at Loser’s.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Adam Perkinson
39, Real Estate Investment
Lives in The Gulch

My biggest turn off is…
People talking negatively about others.

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
Coldplay, U2, Kings of Leon, David Gray, Mat Kearney and is always evolving and including new music.

When I’m out with my friends, I…
usually go out for happy hour and beers somewhere in the Gulch or midtown, unless we have a home Preds game and then we will be there.

My biggest turn off is…
people talking negatively about others.

People may be surprised to learn that I…
have a commercial pilot’s license and I’m rated to fly helicopters.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Valery Parham
27, Engineer and Cheerleading Coach
Lives in southeast Nashville

When I’m out with my friends, I…
always have a fantastic time! I have the most fun, diverse, and loving group of friends. My main objective when I go out with my friends is to enjoy the moment, and they are always down for the cause.

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
First I put on some comfy clothes (t-shirt, shorts). Then I pour myself a nice glass of wine, and curl up on the couch with a soft blanket to watch TV. I rarely get to watch television so mentally checking out in front of the TV is a treat for me. I might pick a movie like Coming to America or Lord of the Rings or a show like Star Trek, The Voice, Law and Order SVU or Scandal.

My biggest turn off is…
smoking. The smell is horrible, and kissing someone who has been smoking is not enjoyable.

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
Maroon 5, Cold Play, Rihanna, Fun, Ne-Yo…Anything light and up beat. I think cooking should be an activity that is enjoyable and entertaining so I would probably get the other person involved too.

I’ve always wanted to go to…
Australia or India. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do and those are two places that I have not crossed off my list yet.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Jameson Roper
22, MBA student
Lives in Hillsboro Village

The most surprising place I’ve ever met another single was…
in the street with my pajamas on when my building was evacuated due to a fire alarm at three a.m.

I’ve always wanted to go to…
the Nashville Predators Stanley Cup-winning game.

My biggest turn off is…
when people continually refer to other places as superior to the one you're both currently in. Just enjoy where you are and try to soak in everything you can.

I usually take a first date to…
a Nashville Predators game followed by a drink at Patterson House

Once I week, I like to…
Have a drink with my dad

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Laura Hutfless
31, Agent, CAA
Lives in Germantown

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
Pick up food at the Farmer’s Market, make dinner, open a bottle of great wine, and fall asleep on the couch watching football or old movies.

The most surprising place I’ve ever met another single was…
running a half marathon – and I made sure I crossed the finish line first.

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
Ray LaMontagne, Dave Barnes, Needtobreathe, Jason Mraz, Ed Sheeran, and The Script.

My days are…
usually spent in an airport.

I’ve always wanted to go…
on a Hot Air Balloon ride. Please someone take me!

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Jeremy Curtis
35, CEO/Actor
Lives in Sylvan Park

My biggest turn off is…
negativity/pessimism.

I usually take a first date to…
one of the local new trendy restaurants my foodie friends have recommended.

My days are…
Lacking structure. Running a growing business means you never know which hats you’ll be wearing exactly. I try to keep a work/life balance so the elements of my day include a sound breakfast, exercise, relationship building (family, friends, clients, employees), and trying to learn something new.

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
Bon Iver, AA Bondy, Jose Gonzalez, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, to name a few.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
the reminder that I was already given everything I need.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Sherri Smith
54, Financial consultant
Lives in Brentmeade

My biggest turn off is…
men that have more jewelry than me!

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes:
when I cook it's 60s and 70s oldies, for dinner it's classical, and for clean up it's 80s heavy metal.

Once I week, I like to…
indulge.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
a bracelet from Tiffany's that my boys bought for me shortly after my late husband passed away.

I’ve always wanted to go to…
Barcelona, Spain or Istanbul, Turkey.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Mahdi Woodard
26, Associate Brand Manager
Lives in "Brentioch" or Barnes Crossing

My perfect night "in" goes like this:
A great bottle of wine, a take-out order of sushi for two and maybe an episode or two of Scandal.

My celebrity crush is...
the Audi R8. Silver. Black rims.

If I'm cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes...
definitely old school R&B, a dash of Al Green, a sprinkle of Bill Withers...

The best gift I've ever received was...
my education at Bucknell University

I've always wanted to go...
back to my old neighborhood in Atlanta and give young men employment and education opportunities that I have been so blessed to have. I'm hoping that my adventures in Nashville eventually lead me back to where I started in order to give back to the community that shaped me.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Holly Leigh Bernard
29, Medical Sales Rep/Young Life Leader/Model
Lives in Brentwood

When I’m out with my friends, I…
love to laugh and dance and have great conversations! My friends sometimes tease me about winding up in deep conversations in random places but I genuinely love to hear peoples stories and about what is really going on in their lives.

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
Read something inspiring (currently it’s Love Does by Bob Goff), watch a great movie, catch up on episodes of Modern Family, bake something yummy…I make cupcakes for all my friends birthdays.

Once I week, I like to …
go to my favorite Mexican restaurant (Cinco De Mayo) with my mom and roommate to watch Sunday Night Football. Its casual, yummy, and the wait staff is just awesome. It’s been a weekly tradition the last few years

The most surprising place I’ve ever met another single was…
On vacation a few years ago, I was eating brunch with my girlfriends and a guy sent a note to my table saying “I think you are T.O. (The One) Do you want to dance? Check Yes No Maybe” It was so random but a really cute and funny gesture!

My celebrity crush is…
Am I allowed to have a girl crush? If so, it’s most definitely Taylor Swift! I love everything about her. But if I have choose a guy, I would say Tim Tebow…for his character.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Derrick Lachney
31, Hair Stylist at Fresh Salon; Founder of HotMess Kickball Nashville
Lives in Germantown

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
I guess it would matter what I was trying to accomplish from this dinner but Ellie Goulding seems to go with everything right now.

My days are…
filled with the most loyal and amazing friends, wonderful clients, kickball on Sundays, and the occasional Madonna concert.

My biggest turn off is…
guys who are over groomed and that wear white dress shoes.

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
a bottle of Kim Crawford and The Real Housewives of Atlanta.

My celebrity crush is…
Bradley Cooper, duh!

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Natalie Kilgore
33, President, Dashboard Media
Lives in East Nashville

When I’m out with my friends, I…
try to make a conscious effort these days to put my phone away, to relax, have fun and simply “be present.”

On a first date, I like to be taken to…
Watertown’s Stardust Drive-In Theatre. The long drive gives you a chance to get to know each other. And the date itself can be as private or as social as you’d like. Plus they have an epic snack bar!

My perfect night “in” goes like this:
A bowl of popcorn, a warm blanket, and an old movie.

My biggest turn off is…
Lack of ambition

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
Last Christmas my mother gave me a reindeer made from wood pieces my father had hand-carved before he died. She stained, assembled and decorated the reindeer. It was her way of being able to give me one last Christmas gift that was from both of them. I cherish it with all my heart.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Gary Ashton
51, Realtor
Lives in The Gulch and Gallatin

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
getting the car keys and driving to a restaurant

Once a week I like to…
catch a Titans or Predators game or stop by the theater to see the latest blockbuster movie with a friend.

I’ve always wanted to go to…
Brazil for Carnival...and now for the World Cup!

My biggest turn-off is…
cigarette smoke.

When I’m out with my friends, I…
like to enjoy a glass of wine, good food, lots of laughs....usually in the Gulch or 12 South area.

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!
Julie Munchak
24, Assistant at The Block Agency
Lives in The Gulch

If I’m cooking dinner for someone, my playlist includes…
depends on my mood…anything from Eric Hutchinson to The Weekend…and maybe a little Bieber somewhere in there.

My celebrity crush is…
Channing Tatum

Once I week, I like to…
hang out with my parents. Actually that’s a lie, it’s usually more like 3 times a week. What can I say…I have really cool parents.

The best gift I’ve ever received was…
I was obsessed with dolphins growing up so for my 13th birthday my parents took me to swim with the dolphins. Best gift ever.

I’ve always want to go to…
My goal is to visit every state in the US by the time I’m 30. I’m over half way there. After that I’m moving on to the continents! Four down...three to go!

See our video from the big party at Sambuca!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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