The second annual Music Row Storytellers, an event that benefits Music Health Alliance and honors the country music industry’s storytellers, honored Charlie Monk Monday (10/9).
Music Row Storytellers recognizes the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who chronicle and share the stories of Music Row and its music-makers.
Charlie Monk’s career began as a DJ in the 1950s in his home state of Alabama, bringing him to Music City in 1968. A role at ASCAP was followed by a move into publishing, eventually under his own banner, Monk Family Music, where he signed an unknown Randy Travis, nurtured the career of Kenny Chesney and developed the talents of Nashville’s biggest songwriters.
After a brief tenure at Acuff-Rose, Monk settled into his role as a leader in the music community, serving as an executive and member on the boards of such organizations as NARAS, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the GMA and CMA. A founder of the Country Radio Seminar, his decades as the host of the New Faces Show allowed his wit and humor to shine their brightest, as they still do six days a week on SiriusXM Channel 59 (Willie’s Roadhouse).