One week after being named an honoree at the upcoming Kennedy Center Honors ceremony, Reba McEntire will be getting another distinguished award.
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that Reba will be the recipient of the inaugural Career Maker Award for her “significant influence on the songwriting careers of Hall of Fame members.”
Reba has recorded 80 songs—including 33 singles—that were written or co-written by more than 40 songwriters who have gone on to achieve induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Career Maker Award was created to honor a non-Hall of Fame member whose artistic endeavors have helped songwriters achieve their dreams of induction into the Hall of Fame.
“I love to record,” says Reba. “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. 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.”
Reba will be presented with the award during the 48th Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala on Oct. 28 at the Music City Center.
The inductees for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame class of 2018 will be announced soon.
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