Nashville 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.
Singer, songwriter, guitar slinger and producer Keith Urban has racked up 19 #1 singles from eight studio albums and reigns as the artist with the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart. The four-time GRAMMY Award winner also has a mantle full of trophies from the CMA, ACM, CMT, AMA, People’s Choice, Teen Choice and more.
The first and only Country artist to have served as an American Idol judge, Urban’s reputation as a premier songwriter, vocalist, musician and virtuoso guitarist has afforded him the opportunity to collaborate with the likes of The Rolling Stones, John Mayer, Steven Tyler, Miranda Lambert, John Mellencamp, Alicia Keys, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift, Vince Gill and Eric Church.
Urban resides in Nashville with his wife, actress Nicole Kidman, and their two daughters.
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 Keith Urban, the donation will be presented to Habitat for Humanity Greater Nashville.
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.