Kix Brooks will be honored with the 2023 Nashville Symphony Harmony Award during the 39th annual Symphony Ball on Dec. 9 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Presented annually by the Nashville Symphony and selected by a dedicated committee, the Harmony Award recognizes individuals who exemplify the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community.
“Kix Brooks has had a remarkable career as one of the most successful country artists in history,” says Nashville Symphony CEO and President Alan D. Valentine. “Beyond his fame and musical success, he possesses a generous and philanthropic spirit and has made a significant impact in the Nashville community, particularly with regard to music education in Nashville—a cause near and dear to the Nashville Symphony. He is a passionate advocate for many wonderful causes and truly embodies the heart and soul of Nashville’s unique musical community. We are honored to recognize him for his musical accomplishments, as well as his community impact.”
“Being honored with this award truly means the world to me,” says Brooks. “I’ve been fortunate enough to travel the world, but Nashville, Music City, is home. So, to be recognized by this community always means a little extra. I want to give a special ‘thank you’ to all the people and organizations like the Nashville Symphony that I’ve crossed paths with over the years who have helped make Nashville a one-of-a-kind place to live.”
Brooks’ musical career spans five decades, as a songwriter, a solo artist and as half of Brooks & Dunn, the highest-selling duo in country music history. Over 20 years, Brooks & Dunn sold more than 30 million records, won more than 75 major music awards, including Grammys and CMAs, and scored 20 No. 1s. The duo was also inducted in 2019 into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and Brooks was recently recognized for his songwriting achievements as an inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2023 class.
In addition to his career as an artist, Brooks has hosted the syndicated radio program American Country Countdown for over 15 years. He was honored as CMA Broadcast Person of the Year three times and earned an ACM Radio Award for National Personality. Brooks is also a founding partner of Arrington Vineyards, a winery and events venue in Arrington, Tennessee. Through Brooks’ involvement with organizations such as the Country Music Association, Operation Finally Home, Veterans Matter, Tennessee Tourism Board and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, he has become an advocate for many causes. In December of 2014, Brooks was the first recipient of the CMA’s Humanitarian Award, celebrating his unwavering dedication to the community.
The Symphony Ball is one of the Nashville Symphony’s annual signature fundraisers. Since its inception in 1985, the Ball has raised more than $12 million for the Symphony, sustaining the organization’s mission of inspiring and engaging a diverse and growing community with extraordinary live orchestral music experiences.
Past recipients of the Harmony Award include Lady A, Maren Morris, Keb’ Mo’, Kelsea Ballerini, Toby Keith, Steven Tyler, Béla Fleck, Miranda Lambert, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Mike and Linda Curb, Lyle Lovett, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Chet Atkins, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Marty Stuart.
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