Presented by the Grand Ole Opry and Springer Mountain Farms, the 7th annual Nashville Association of Talent Directors’ (NATD) Honors Gala recognized some of the best in the industry for their contributions to Nashville’s entertainment community.
“It was a wonderful, intimate evening at the Hermitage Hotel, honoring some of the best in our industry,” said NATD President, Steve Tolman. “It is fantastic to be able to come together as a community for a night to celebrate our colleagues’ accomplishments.”
Nashville Predators’ CEO, Sean Henry, was presented the first award of the evening by MWS Group’s Chaz Corzine, a 20-year veteran manager of Christian music artists.
Country legend and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and member of the Grand Ole Opry Charlie Daniels, who has worked for over more than 44 years with President/Co-Owner of Blue Hat Records, David Corlew, shared stories of their long working relationship and presented his lifelong friend the award.
Doc McGhee, industry visionary and accomplished artist manager who heads McGhee Entertainment, gave remarks in honor of award recipient Barbara Hubbard, Executive Director of the American Collegiate Showcase and respected talent promoter.
In celebration of recipient Bobby Roberts, United Talent Agency agent and Roberts’ son Travis James took to the stage to introduce country music icon John Anderson, who sang “Seminole Wind.” United Talent Agency co-head Lance Roberts spoke of his father’s accomplishments, with the trio handing Roberts his award.
Country Music Hall of Fame member Bobby Bare performed “(I’m So) Afraid of Losing You Again” in honor of Charley Pride, a living legend who has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits and is a Grand Ole Opry star and three-time Grammy award-winner. Robert K. Oermann, music journalist and author recognized as an authority on country music, remarked on Pride’s career.
Grammyaward-winning artist and “Miss Country Soul” Jeannie Seely was paid a musical tribute by fellow Grand Ole Opry member Lorrie Morgan, who performed “Don’t Touch Me.” Sally Williams, SVP of Programming and Artist Relations for Opry Entertainment and General Manager of the Grand Ole Opry, spoke of Seely’s illustrious career. Bill Anderson, a member of the Grand Ole Opry for over fifty years, presented her with her award.
NATD President Steve Tolman and Directors Blake McDaniel and Tony Conway bestowed a $2,500 donation to Scott Hamilton’s Scott Cares Foundation, $5,000 donation to Barbara Hubbard’s ACTS and a special presentation of a washer and dryer to Dupont Middle School in Hermitage, Tennessee.
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