|Posted by Administrator on October 19, 2014 at 12:50 PM|
Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, avid golfer, philanthropist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill was recently named the 2014 BMI Icon, and he is one of five Music City residents recognized in Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine's "Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors." The new issue, which hit news stands this week, also recognizes Nashvillians Steve Buchanan, Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Martha Ingram and Jeffrey Steele.
One of the most popular and most recorded singers, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.
Gill achieved his big breakthrough with "When I Call Your Name," which won the Country Music Association's Single of the Year award. He has since won 17 more CMA honors. Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and sold more than 26 million albums. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A member of the GRAMMY-nominated band The Time Jumpers, Rounder Records released the band's first studio album last year.
Gill's high, pure tenor voice and unerring sense of harmony have caused dozens of artists-from Reba McEntire to Dolly Parton-to embrace him as a duet partner. He has established himself as one of the most successful guitarists of his generation. Combining a deep knowledge of bluegrass and classic country with the fire of '60s rock, Gill has earned a place next to his musical heroes.
His passion for golf led him to start the Vince Gill Pro Celebrity Invitation Golf Tournament - or more affectionately known as "The Vinny" - to help support junior golf programs in Tennessee. He and his wife, Amy Grant, are renown for their charitable spirits that constantly and continuously pour out into the community. Gill was recently awarded the Leadership Music Dale Franklin Award in recognition of his philanthropic heart.
Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to an affiliated charity of each honoree, and for Vince Gill, The First Tee Foundation will receive the gift. The mission of The First Tee Foundation is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.
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