unnamed-1Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, the ultimate guide to the best Nashville has to offer in music, theater, sports, art, food, drink and more, has announced the recipients of the 3rd Annual Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors. The 2016/17 issue, which is available now, recognizes platinum selling artist Keith Urban, Contemporary Christian icon Michael W. Smith, Community Foundation President, Ellen Lehman, and Studio Tenn Theater Company co-founders Jake Speck & Matt Logan. Five remarkable Nashvillians whose lives and work in music, the visual and performing arts, business and philanthropy have positively impacted our city in countless ways.

After selling more than 15 million albums, scoring 32 No. 1 hits, receiving 2x RIAA Multi-Platinum, six Platinum and 16 Gold certified albums, earning three GRAMMYs and 45 Dove Awards, no one would blame the Christian music icon Michael W. Smith if he decided to coast just a little bit, but that’s just not in his nature.

On Sovereign, Smith’s first worship album since 2008 and his first project since signing with Capitol Christian Music Group in 2013, he deliberately steps into a new creative chapter to craft a vibrant collection of vertically focused songs with a fresh sense of musical innovation.

Smith has always had a gift for delivering songs that capture the hearts of the listener and give voice to their thoughts and feelings. During his three-decade career, the Kenova, West Virginia native has shaped the Christian music landscape with such classic songs as “Friends,” which was named the No. 1 Song of All Time by CCM Magazine and “Healing Rain,” a powerful anthem that remains one of the best-loved songs in his extensive repertoire.

Whether sharing the gospel on foreign soil or mentoring artists that seek his counsel on balancing family and music, Smith has long had a passion for serving God and serving others. It’s a fire that continues to burn brightly with no sign of abating.
To acknowledge the tremendous spirit of giving and encouragement these honorees embody, Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to the affiliated charity honoree. For Michael W. Smith, the donation will be presented to Rocketown.

The 2016-2017 issue of Nashville Arts & Entertainment is packed with informative features such as “Up and Coming: New Nashville,” highlighting who’s new in music; “The Nashville Bucket List,” detailing musts to dos for visitors and residents alike; monthly calendars listing upcoming events, shopping and more celebrating the best Nashville has to offer and more. Copies are currently available on newsstands and at www.NAEMag.com and will be available through August 2017. To receive a free digital copy of Nashville ARTS & Entertainment Magazine just download the new ARTZ app. Fans can also follow the magazine and get updates at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.