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Vince Gill Honored by Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine

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Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, avid golfer, philanthropist and Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill was recently named the 2014 BMI Icon, and he is one of five Music City residents recognized in Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine‘s “Nashville Arts and Entertainment Honors.” The new issue, which hit news stands this week, also recognizes Nashvillians Steve Buchanan, Dr. Thomas Frist, Jr., Martha Ingram and Jeffrey Steele.

One of the most popular and most recorded singers, superstar Vince Gill has become the measure of excellence in country music. His vocal performances are spellbinding, his songwriting emotionally powerful and his guitar-playing world-class.

Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year award. He has since won 17 more CMA honors. Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and sold more than 26 million albums. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007, is a member of the Grand Ole Opry and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A member of the GRAMMY-nominated band The Time Jumpers, Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album last year.

Nashville Arts & Entertainment Magazine, a Glover Group Entertainment Production, is pleased to make a $1,000 donation to an affiliated charity of each honoree, and for Vince Gill, The First Tee Foundation will receive the gift. The mission of The First Tee Foundation is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.

The ultimate guide to the best Nashville has to offer in music, theater, sports, art, food, drink and more, the 2014/15 issue of Nashville Arts & Entertainment is packed with informative features, calendars highlighting upcoming events, shopping and more. Copies are currently available on newsstands and at www.NAEMag.com will be available through August 2015. Fans can also follow the magazine and get updates at Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest

Vince Gill Takes On New Role With Nashville Predators

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Vince Gill has been named to the Nashville Predators Foundation’s board of directors. Vince is a longtime season ticket holder for the team and is already working with the Predators on scholarships for kids who want to play hockey or take up skating.

In addition to his appointment to the Nashville Predators Foundation Board of Directors, Vince will also join the Preds broadcast team for a select number of games this season. Vince, who has been a hockey fan since his early days growing up watching the Central Hockey League’s Oklahoma City Barons, will bring a unique fan perspective to the Preds broadcast booth.

“I’ve been involved with the Nashville Predators since I first heard that an NHL franchise was on its way to Nashville,” Gill said. “I’ve seen the incredible work that the Nashville Predators Foundation does in the community, and while we’ve worked together in the past, I’m looking forward to continuing to build and strengthen that relationship in the weeks and months ahead. Along with that involvement, I’m excited to join the Preds broadcast group to talk hockey and interact with some of the Predators’ great fans.”

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Partners with Michael W. Smith to Sponsor “Spirit of Christmas Tour”

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Three-time GRAMMY winner Michael W. Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country this holiday season as he launches “The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” set to hit several cities in the U.S. and Canada. Partnering with Smith as the official tour sponsor is Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Earlier this year, Smith debuted his first classic hymns album, aptly named Hymns, exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations and online at www.crackerbarrel.com. The tremendous success of the album, which was recently nominated for a Dove Award for Inspirational Album of the Year, led to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store signing on as the official tour sponsor.

“I’m really happy to have Cracker Barrel as a tour sponsor,” remarked Smith. “Our local Cracker Barrel has become a very special place over the past several years. It’s where I take my Dad once a week for breakfast. We’ve shared some great memories there that I’ll always cherish. It feels great to have Cracker Barrel as part of my tour.”

“We enjoyed working with Michael and his team when we exclusively released his Hymns album earlier this year, and were so happy for them when it was recently nominated for a Dove Award,” said Cracker Barrel Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Christmas is a time when families come together, and often they gather to share a meal at Cracker Barrel. When we were approached about sponsoring his ‘Spirit of Christmas Tour,’ we knew it would be a great fit.”

In addition to “The Spirit of Christmas Tour,” Smith will co-headline three special events with long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant. Teaming up in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta, Smith and Grant will showcase their beloved Christmas set while performing alongside a full symphony orchestra. Full tour dates are listed below. For more information, visit: www.michaelwsmith.com.

Smith made national headlines last month as he announced the release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald. The album will be available in stores – including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® – as well as online on September 30.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I’ve ever done in my 31-year career,” remarked Smith.

The album was co-produced by Smith, CMA Music Awards and CMA Country Christmas producer Robert Deaton and renowned orchestral maestro David Hamilton.

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Vince Gill to Be Named BMI Icon

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Vince Gill will be honored as a BMI Icon at the company’s 62nd annual BMI Country Awards. The invitation-only event, which will be held on Tuesday, November 4th at BMI’s Music Row offices in Nashville, will honor Gill and the songwriters and publishers of the most-performed country songs of the previous year. The BMI Icon award is given to “songwriters who have had a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers.” An all-star musical tribute will pay homage to Gill, who joins a list of past honorees that includes Dean Dillon, Tom T. Hall, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Jr., Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn and others.

“The craft of a songwriter isn’t easy; however, Vince makes it look easy. He binds lyrics with music into timeless songs that have influenced musicians across all genres,” said BMI President & Chief Executive Officer Mike O’ Neill. “Vince Gill’s discography, in addition to his philanthropic endeavors in Nashville and beyond, represents the epitome of a BMI Icon, and we look forward to celebrating his accomplishments.”

Gill has released 17 solo albums including certified Platinum sellers When I Call Your Name, These Days and the quadruple-Platinum behemoth, When Love Finds You. His most recent record, CMA nominated Bakersfield, released in 2013, is a collaboration with legendary pedal steel guitar player Paul Franklin. His Top Ten hits include “Don’t Let Our Love Start Slippin’ Away,” “Never Knew Lonely,” and the No. 1 hits, “I Still Believe In You,” and “When I Call Your Name.” In addition to selling more than 26 million albums, Gill has amassed more than 40 million radio performances of his songs. He has won 20 GRAMMY Awards, the most for a male country artist; 18 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year four times – making him the most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history; 6 Academy of Country Music Awards, including Top Male Vocalist of the Year; and 32 BMI Awards, including 2 Songwriter of the Year crystals. Gill was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is a member of the four time Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers.

Michael W. Smith Enlists the Help of Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum & MORE for Christmas Album!

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Michael W. Smith partnered with Rolling Stone Country today to announce the September 30th release of Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas, featuring an all-star lineup of guests – Vince Gill, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Amy Grant, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Nettles, Bono and Michael McDonald.

“This is the most unique and unusual record I’ve ever done in my 31-year career. The entire record was sequenced together before we recorded one song,” recalls Smith. “Sonically you’re hearing me in a way that you’ve probably never heard me before. At one point it’s like Smitty meets Bublé. There’s my granddaughter’s voice singing the song from ‘Home Alone,’ plus the whole orchestral and symphonic feeling of Christmas, mixed together with all these amazing voices and guests – yet it all fits together in a remarkable way.”

When we started talking about who could be on this record with him, the list got really narrow really fast,” remarked co-producer Robert Deaton. “There’s a difference between a singer and an artist, or a celebrity and an artist. While we were fortunate to have these amazing guests on the record, it all feels like a cohesive piece and you never leave the fact that it’s a Michael W. Smith record. That was important. That, along with working with co-producer David Hamilton, who is the resident genius, was amazing. This entire process has just been phenomenal.”

This fall, Smith will bring holiday cheer to audiences across the country as he launches “The Spirit of Christmas Tour.” Smith’s long-time friend and fellow GRAMMY® winner Amy Grant will co-bill with him in Dallas, Minneapolis and Atlanta. Tickets for many shows are on sale now. For a full list of tour dates, and ticket information, visit michaelwsmith.com/tour.

Michael W. Smith & Friends: The Spirit of Christmas
1. The Miracle of Christmas
2. It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
3. Happy Holidays/Holiday Season
4. Christmas Time Is Here (feat. Vince Gill)
5. White Christmas (feat. Lady Antebellum)
6. Somewhere In My Memory
7. The Spirit of Christmas (Deck the Halls, Good King Wenceslas, O Little Town of Bethlehem, Feels Like Christmas, O Come All Ye Faithful)
8. Silent Night (feat. Little Big Town)
9. What Child Is This (feat. Martina McBride)
10. Almost There (feat. Amy Grant)
11. All Is Well (feat. Carrie Underwood)
12. Christmas Day (feat. Jennifer Nettles)
13. The Darkest Midnight (Spoken Word by Bono)
14. Peace (with Special Guest Michael McDonald)

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