Inaugural Musicians Hall of Fame Ambassador Announced
Kelly Keagy, drummer and a lead vocalist of the rock band Night Ranger, has been chosen as the inaugural ambassador to the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.
This is a new program developed to further educate and engage national and international concert-goers with the work the museum is doing.
"I just think that the Musicians Hall of Fame should be a national treasure. It's that important," Keagy said.
Keagy has been surrounded by musicians since he was in his first band at age 7. They frequented a local restaurant in Hollywood where he was first introduced to Hal Blaine, the session leader of the Wrecking Crew and one of the most sought after drummers in Los Angeles during the 1960s. Memories of his musical childhood came flooding back to him when he toured the Musicians Hall of Fame for the first time and realized he'd seen so many of these musicians play live as a young man.
"It blew my mind walking through the museum because I have a connection to just about every song," Keagy said.
Night Ranger, a San Francisco Bay Area rock band, started in 1980 and Keagy penned one of their biggest hits, "Sister Christian." He wrote it about his younger sister, Kristy, and the ups and downs of adolescence. The rest of the band thought he was singing "Christian" rather than "Kristy," and they decided it sounded more unique and was a better fit for the song.
Night Ranger will be on tour through the end of the year supporting their latest Frontiers Records release "High Road" due in stores on June 10th. http://nightranger.com.
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates the achievements of musicians from virtually every decade, starting with the 1950s golden era of studio recording, and from every corner of the country. Each section of the museum exhibit space focuses on an important city in the history of American music (including Detroit, Los Angeles, Muscle Shoals, Atlanta, Memphis, and of course, Nashville) and explores each area's contributions.
"Kelly is the perfect person to be the first ambassador for our work at the museum. We strive to honor the unsung heroes of American recorded music; those who contributed so much to the music that became the soundtrack of our lives," said Joe Chambers, Founder of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. "We are looking forward to working with Kelly, as well as other touring musicians who have dedicated their lives to their passion for music."