Amy Grant, Martha R. Ingram to be Inducted into Music City Walk of Fame
Ceremony to Take Place on April 27 at Walk of Fame Park
NASHVILLE – GRAMMY-winning artist Amy Grant and renowned Nashville philanthropist Martha R. Ingram will receive stars on the Music City Walk of Fame during an induction ceremony on April 27, 2017 at 1 p.m. in Walk of Fame Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
“Martha Ingram’s insistence that the arts are essential to a city’s success and her significant personal investments in our cultural landscape have transformed Nashville,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “Schermerhorn Symphony Center and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center are just two examples of her indelible impact on the music of Music City.”
Barry added, “Amy Grant’s beautiful vocals and her messages of hope, love and faith have entertained and inspired millions of listeners for 40 years. Amy is in the middle of so many worthy causes and events, and I’m grateful for the work she and her husband, Vince Gill, consistently do to make Nashville stronger.”
They will receive the 75th and 76th stars on the Walk of Fame. Inductees are recognized for their significant contributions to preserving the musical heritage of Nashville and for contributing to the world through song or other industry collaboration.
“As Nashville celebrates several historic music anniversaries this year, it is fitting that the Nashville Symphony has nominated Martha and Amy as the orchestra celebrates its 70th season and Schermerhorn Symphony Center marks its 10th anniversary,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president at DVL Seigenthaler.
2017 will mark major anniversaries for many of Nashville’s most iconic music establishments. In addition to the Nashville Symphony marking its 70th season and the Schermerhorn’s 10th year, other milestone anniversaries include Ryman Auditorium’s 125th; Historic RCA Studio B’s 60th; the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s 50th; Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) 50th; and The Bluebird Café’s 35th. The Music City Walk of Fame is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and official merchandise related to the milestone is available for purchase.
Grant, a beloved Nashville singer/songwriter, has earned numerous awards over her long career in contemporary Christian and pop music, including six GRAMMY Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, has had ten Top 40 pop singles and has released several multi-Platinum, Platinum and Gold albums. She was the first Contemporary Christian artist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and has also been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. A lifetime Nashvillian, Grant is well known for her tireless efforts to support a variety of philanthropic organizations both locally and around the world.
Ingram is the Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies. As a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts, she has served as past chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University and past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center. She serves on the boards of the Nashville Symphony, Nashville Opera Association, the Nashville Repertory Theatre and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, which she helped create. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 on Nashville’s Music Mile, a roughly one-mile stretch that connects downtown to Music Row. Permanent sidewalk medallions with the names of the inductees are displayed in a star-and-guitar design.
The Music City Walk of Fame is an official project of Music City, Inc., the charitable foundation of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp, and is produced with the support of founding sponsor Gibson Brands and of sponsors that include the City of Nashville and Metro Parks and Recreation. Nominations are open to the public and are accepted in the categories of Artist, Musician, Songwriter, and Producer/Music Industry Executive. Application forms are reviewed by the Music City Walk of Fame anonymous selection committee. For more information about the Music City Walk of Fame, go to visitmusiccity.com/walkoffame.
Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a Platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six GRAMMY Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, as well as three multi-Platinum albums, six Platinum albums and four Gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart, as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident, Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.
Martha R. Ingram
Martha Rivers Ingram is the Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies. Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Ingram Industries board and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2008. In addition to her roles in business, she has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts. She was chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1997 to 2011. She is now an emerita member of the board. She is a past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s spectacular home in downtown Nashville. She continues to serve on the Nashville Symphony board. She also serves on the boards of the Nashville Opera Association and the Nashville Repertory Theatre, an organization that she co-founded as the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in 1985. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments. She was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she continues to serve as a board member, and she chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
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