Reba To Receive Inaugural Career Maker Award From Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Reba McEntire will be honored by the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame with its inaugural Career Maker Award at the upcoming 48th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 28. The award is presented to a non-Hall of Fame member whose artistic endeavors have helped songwriters achieve their dreams of induction into the Hall of Fame. McEntire will be honored for her significant influence on the songwriting careers of Hall of Fame members during the special evening at the Music City Center.

Throughout her career McEntire has been a strong advocate for the songwriting community, recording over 80 songs, 33 of which were singles written or co-written by over 40 songwriters who have gone on to achieve induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“Reba has played a significant role in helping more than 40 songwriters achieve induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” said Pat Alger, chair of the Nashville Songwriters Hall Of Fame Foundation Board of Directors. “That’s about 20 percent of the hall’s entire membership.  She has supported songwriters throughout her career and was one of the first industry leaders to help the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame build our Hall of Fame Gallery at the Music City Center. Her Hall of Fame career as an artist has in turn helped create so many other Hall of Fame careers for songwriters – which is why we want to say Thank You on Nashville songwriting’s most legendary night. Reba is a songwriter’s best friend. Once she chooses your song and puts her inimitable stamp on it, you begin to understand why you became a songwriter in the first place. She is indisputably a great singer who continues to transform a diverse catalog of songs into works of art of the highest order. Simply put, when Reba sings your song, it’s not likely to get any better than that.”

“I love to record! Being in the studio is so creative and so much fun and very rewarding. That process starts with the songwriters and publishers sending me songs to listen to” said Reba. “Over my recording career, I have listened to thousands of songs written by incredibly gifted people. The songwriters in this community have never let me down, and have always shared their very best songs with me, which I appreciate more than they know. Being the first recipient of the Career Maker Award means so much to me because it’s an award from the songwriters whose songs have helped me create and maintain a career I love. I thank them from the bottom of my heart.”

The nominees for the upcoming 48th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame were recently released.

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