Charlie Monk Honored At Music Row Storytellers Event

Pictured (L-R): John Zarling, event co-chair and EVP/Marketing & New Business, Sony Music Nashville; Tatum Hauck Allsep, Founder & Executive Director, Music Health Alliance; Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk; Sheila Shipley Biddy, COO, Music Health Alliance; Maurice Miner, event co-chair and President, Maurice Miner Media & Marketing

Music industry veteran Charlie Monk was honored Monday night (Oct. 9) at the second annual Music Row Storytellers event, benefiting Music Health Alliance. The event honors those in the industry, the journalists, interviewers, reporters, show hosts and others who chronicle and share the often fascinating stories of Music Row and its music makers.

With his six decades in the business, Monk was a natural choice for this edition of the storytellers event. He began his career as a DJ in the 1950s in his home state of Alabama, moving to Music City in 1968. A role at ASCAP was followed by a move into publishing, eventually under his own banner, Monk Family Music, where he signed an unknown Randy Travis, nurtured the career of Kenny Chesney, and developed the talents of some of Nashville’s biggest songwriters. Following a brief tenure at Acuff-Rose, he has served on the boards of NARAS, Nashville Songwriters Association International, the GMA, the CMA, and others. A founder of the Country Radio Seminar, his decades as the host of the New Faces Show allowed his humor to shine brightly, as it still does each week on SiriusXM Channel 59 (Willie’s Roadhouse).

Pictured: Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk & Grand Ole Opry star Jeannie Seely

Pictured (L-R): Scott Borchetta, Founder/President/CEO, Big Machine Label Group; Sandi Spika Borchetta, Sr. VP Creative, Big Machine Label Group; Capucine Monk (Charlie Monk’s daughter); Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk

Pictured (L-R): Steve Blatter, SVP & General Manager, Music Programming, SiriusXM; J.R. Schumann, Sr. Director, Country Programming, SiriusXM; Music Row Storytellers honoree Charlie Monk; Storme Warren, event host and SiriusXM personality


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