GEORGE JONES AMONG THOSE RECOGNIZED AT THE NASHVILLE ASSOCIATION OF TALENT DIRECTORS 2012 NATD HONORS
Well over 150 entertainment professionals gathered at the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville on Wednesday, November 14, to join The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) recognize six outstanding individuals during the 2nd Annual NATD Honors gala.
Honors went to:
· Legendary country music icon George Jones
· Morris Management Group President Clint Higham
· CAA Nashville Agent John Huie
· Nashville Predator and NHL Foundation Award recipient Mike Fisher
· Nashville Symphony President & CEO Alan Valentine
· President WBA Entertainment Robert S. Williams
Williams received the Hubert Long Award. Named after one of the most influential and multi-dimensional industry executives in country music history, The Hubert Long Award is presented to individuals who have made a significant and positive contribution to the music industry relating to artist development.
Pete Weber, voice of the Nashville Predators, and Stephanie Langston, TV Reporter/personality, co-hosted this year’s event. Tanya Tucker, Michael W. Smith, Barry Trotz, Béla Fleck, Dale Morris, Robert Oermann and Bob Kinkead were on hand to commemorate the recipients.
Tucker quoted a mutual friend, Waylon Jennings, who said of George Jones, “when you look up country music in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of George Jones.”
Of the recognition of his rich career, Robert Williams said, “I’ve been a very lucky man; nothing compare to being honored by your peers.”
Zac Brown, Lady Antebellum, Amy Grant and Faith Hill all sent videos of congratulations to John Huie. Of Huie, Michael W. Smith said, “The entire face of the Christian music industry would be completely different without you….I’m a better man because of your friendship.”
Upon presenting a 2012 NATD Honor to Mike Fisher, Barry Trotz told the audience, “Mike is a role model for what an NHL player should be in our community.”
Dale Morris called Clint Higham “one of the hardest working guys I’ve ever seen. He started at $75 a week and went to doing pretty doggone good.”
Of Alan Valentine, Béla Fleck said, “he empowers people.”
The 2012 Honorees were chosen by the NATD Board of Directors, led by President Steve Tolman of LogiCom. “Our goal is to recognize the work that these individuals have done to help better the community around them. Not only are they leaders in their chosen professions but they believe in continuing and supporting education which is one of our main goals at NATD.”
Past honorees include Alabama, Tony Conway, Mayor Karl Dean, James H. Gosnell, Jr., and Barry Trotz.
ABOUT GEORGE JONES:
George Jones is the #2 best-charting country artist of all time, with a staggering list of hit singles in every decade since the ‘50s. The Beaumont, Texas native also has 143 Top 40 hits to his name, has received two Grammy Awards, was a 2008 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, is a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, was presented with a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award this year and holds a National Medal of Arts. At 80, Jones continues to be an active country music superstar, headlining dozens of concerts each year.