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On March 4th, the Nokia Theater will host the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s All for the Hall fundraiser, making it the first time this event has been held in Los Angeles in three years.
“California, with its rich country music history, has proven to be a supremely appropriate and welcoming location for this event,” said Museum Director Kyle Young. “In fact, some of the state’s contributions to our genre are the subject of our very popular limited-engagement exhibition, The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country, whose run we’ve extended through the end of 2014. Los Angeles has always given our All for the Hall event a very warm welcome, and we look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones in March.”
This year’s fundraiser will be hosted by actress/singer/film producer Rita Wilson, and feature performances by Country Music Hall of Fame members Vince Gill and Emmylou Harris. Joining them will be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Heart and Grammy Award-winning artist Jason Mraz.
Mandy Barnett is a Tennessee born and raised country singer who got her start at the ripe old age of five years old. Mandy knew music was her calling because “it was just natural. It was something that just flowed from me early on.” Mandy began by singing at church and soon progressed to performing at Dollywood for a couple of summers. In fact, Mandy was involved with Dollywood during its inaugural year and was fortunate enough to even perform with the legendary Dolly Parton. Because of her involvement with Dollywood at that time, Mandy had the unique honor of singing Happy Birthday to Dolly as Dolly was lifted out of a cake. When asked about her experience with Dolly, as an aspiring singer at such a young age, Mandy explained that it was “really exciting.” Mandy continued to tell us about how Dolly is “such a sweet person, and when you meet Dolly, you are meeting a real star. She’s very humble and very sweet, and there’s just an aura about her that is something else. She is iconic, as you like to describe her.”
With a career that has successfully spanned music, movies, television, Broadway and more, Reba is truly one of country music’s most acclaimed and decorated women. Due to this unparalleled career, The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum will honor Reba with the exhibit Reba: All the Women I Am, which opens in the museum’s East Gallery on August 9, 2013, and runs through June 8, 2014.
According to Museum Director Kyle Young, “Reba is the most successful female country performer of her generation, and a major influence on many of the female recording artists who have followed her. Her achievements and accolades are almost too numerous to mention: She has sold more than 40 million records, charted nearly 60 Top Ten singles and 24 #1 hits, and been honored with nearly 50 major awards, including two Grammy awards, the Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award and the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award; she is also one of only four entertainers in history to receive the National Artistic Achievement Award from the U.S. Congress. And, of course, she was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2011.”
“It’s impossible to overstate Reba’s impact on country music, and her contributions go well beyond recording,” Young continued. “She heightened production values for country concerts, adding elaborate stages, video screens and multiple costume changes. Such innovations are now de rigueur on the tours of top country artists. Furthermore, through her work on Broadway, in film, and as the star of two television comedies, Reba has helped to heighten and expand the profile of country music, lifting all boats in her magnificent wake. We are looking forward to telling the rich, inspiring and always entertaining story of one of country music’s brightest lights.”
The exhibit, Reba: All the Women I Am, will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibit’s duration. For more information, visit
The Academy of Country Music (ACM) promised to donate $2.5 million towards the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum’s massive expansion project which will bring the museum from 140,000 square feet to more than 350,000 square feet. The donation is part of the “Working On A Building: Country Music Lives Here” project. As part of the expansion, the Country Music Hall of Fame And Museum announced an ACM Contemporary Gallery, which will feature modern events, developments, and culture in today’s country music.
“It is the Academy’ss honor to help ensure that the history of country music can be told for generations to come,” ACM CEO Bob Romeo. “We are able to make this kind of contribution only because of the incredible country music artists who give of their time for Academy charitable endeavors; we can’t thank them enough for the impact they have on our industry.”
The Hall of Fame is very moved by the generosity of the ACMs, explains Museum Director Kyle Young:
“We are deeply indebted to the ACM for this wonderful gift, which will help us continue to fulfill our educational mission and serve our worldwide audience. The genre we chronicle is a living thing, constantly evolving; country music history is being made every day. Great museums must remain relevant, and the ACM Contemporary Gallery will allow us to not only expand our examination and celebration of modern stars, important background players and new developments in the genre, but also to spotlight new artists, trends and issues as they break.”
For more information on the Country Music Hall of Fame, visit countrymusichalloffame.org. What do you hope to see as part of the expansion?
With “Why Ya Wanna?” currently climbing up the country charts, Warner Brothers Nashville artist Jana Kramer has become a hot commodity. She will be performing at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Friday, July 13, as part of the Hot Nights at the Hall summer concert series.
The concert is benefiting the Museum and is free, but only open to members. It will include the concert from Jana, as well as food, cash bar and an autograph signing. If you’d like to become a member and attend the concert, you can visit www.countrymusichalloffame.org/membership. Enter coupon code “HOTNIGHTS” to receive $10 off the price of membership at any level. This is an event not to be missed!
Brett Eldredge became the first new artist to receive an honorary “Friends & Family” membership into the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The honor was given to Brett on the evening of his tenth Grand Ole Opry performance, which featured his new hot single “It Ain’t Gotta Be Love.”
You can catch Brett on tour throughout the rest of the year. His next tour stop is Saturday in Washington at the Washington State Fair. For a full list of tour dates see his official site.
On Saturday March 24, 2012, the Country Music Hall of Fame will be opening an exhibit called, “The Bakersfield sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard and California Country. The exhibit will be open for two years and will be narrated by Dwight Yoakam. Follow the jump for more information.
Reba McEntire, Jean Shepard and songwriter Bobby Braddock were proudly inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame last night. Quite a handful of celebrities attended to help honor the inductees, including Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Martina McBride, Kelly Clarkson, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. Some of the attendees also performed, including Martina McBride and Kelly Clarkson who sang “Does He Love You” together for Reba.