BMI presented the BMI Ambassador Award last night (Feb. 11) to veteran broadcaster Storme Warren during an event held in their Nashville offices. Warren was presented the award in recognition of his continuous support and promotion of Nashville’s vibrant songwriting community.
“We are excited to celebrate a very special and unique 25-year relationship between BMI and Storme Warren, who has consistently and fiercely spotlighted the magical force that makes this community so special… the songwriter,“ said David Preston, Senior Director, Creative, Nashville. “As Storme’s career evolved from presenting GAC’s Headline Country to becoming the host of the popular The Highway morning show on Sirius XM, one thing has remained constant: his unwavering love of songwriters and the ability to highlight their talent.”
Warren, who has actively supported BMI since 1993, has played a critical role in the success of various BMI events and initiatives, and has used his platform as a forum for songwriters to publicly highlight their craft while providing an outlet for fans to hear the stories behind their favorite hits. The event featured comments by BMI’s David Preston, along with BMI Icon Bob DiPiero and BMI songwriters Chris Janson and Ashley McBryde. The evening also included a speech and special performance of Rascal Flatts‘ “Every Day” by former BMI Songwriter of the Year Jeffrey Steele.
“Songwriters put into words what we can’t. It’s impossible to imagine living life without what you all do for a living,” said Warren in his acceptance speech. “To all of you who are here, to BMI, and to my team, thank you for this friendship. Whether you’ve written 500 songs or you’re still struggling to write your first one, please don’t stop writing because your stories make up our book and I don’t want our book to end.”
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