Fisk Jubilee Singers Awarded $15,000 During Music City Soul Series Event Featuring Keb’ Mo’ & Friends
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some of Nashville’s biggest stars were on hand to pay tribute to the Fisk Jubilee Singers at the annual Music City Soul Series event on Friday, Feb. 8, at the Studio Gallery at Fontanel. The concert featured performances by Grammy® Award-winning blues musician Keb’ Mo’, Wynonna, Michael McDonald, THE FARM and the Fisk Jubilee Singers as well as surprise guests Amy Grant and Tommy Sims. In addition to solo performances, the Fisk Jubilee Singers took the stage for collaborations that included “Love Can Build A Bridge” with Wynonna and a rousing finale of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” with Wynonna and Michael McDonald.
As a result of the event, the legendary singers were presented with a $15,000 donation to help ensure their future remains strong. The event marks one of the few times a benefit was held to support the jubilee program, which continues to be one of Music City’s oldest musical traditions.
“The Fisk Jubilee Singers represent the heart of Nashville’s musical soul,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation. “For several years now we’ve wanted to create an event that recognizes and honors the group that originally brought Nashville’s music to the world. But more than that, we wanted to provide financial support to this local treasure which is not only an integral part of Nashville’s music history but also its future.”
The Music City Soul Series is produced annually by the NCVC during Black History Month and honors the contributions of African American artists, songwriters and musicians to Music City.
For a full list of events celebrating Black History Month visit http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/events/blackhistorymonth.
About the Fisk Jubilee Singers
The Fisk Jubilee Singers are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., who sing and travel worldwide. The original Jubilee Singers introduced ‘slave songs’ to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving this unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They broke racial barriers in the US and abroad in the late 19th century and entertained Kings and Queens in Europe. At the same time, they raised money in support of their beloved school.
The Fontanel Mansion is a 27,000 square foot log home formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell, open for tours daily. The property includes the 2013 Southern Living Idea House under construction, the Woods Amphitheater concert series, events and activities at the Pepsi Studio Gallery, the Italian kitchen and wine bar at Cafe Fontanella, family friendly atmosphere, Disc golf, two miles of beautiful walking trails, and soon to open Ziplines & Prichard’s Distillery. For more information, visit http://www.fontanelmansion.com/.
About the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.