The National Music Council honored legendary music manager/booker Jim Halsey, his late son Sherman Halsey, Kris Kristofferson, Jim Lauderdale, and Charley Pride last week (July 11) at the 32nd Annual American Eagle Awards, which were held in Nashville for the first time.
Halsey’s award comes in recognition for his lifetime commitment to music and music education and was presented by the Oak Ridge Boys.
“We have a tradition of honoring not only musical performers and writers, but also music educators, supporters of music, impresarios and producers who have shaped the music of our nation,” said NMC president Dr. David Sanders. “Jim Halsey’s ability to nurture artists, and his record of guiding the careers of some of America’s greatest talents, has earned him a special place among those who have made comprehensive contributions to musical life in America.
Halsey has worked directly to shape the careers of 24 members of the Country Music Hall of Fame, including the Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McEntire, Minnie Pearl and George Jones. He will be honored later this year when he is inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
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