Music City Walk of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees
Brenda Lee, Jeannie Seely, Ray Stevens and Ben Folds have been announced as the 2018 inductees into the Music City Walk of Fame.
The Music City Walk of Fame was created in 2006 to honor the musical legacies of artists from across all genres who have a connection to Nashville and have made a significant cultural contribution through music. The four newly announced inductees will receive the 81st, 82nd, 83rd and 84th stars on the Walk of Fame, joining past inductees who include Johnny Cash, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Vince Gill, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Keith Urban, Hank Williams, Little Big Town, Kenny Rogers and many more.
73-year-old Brenda Lee began her career as a child star, appearing on television from a young age and headlining in Las Vegas as a teenager on the strength of hits including "I'm Sorry." She took an up-and-coming band called the Beatles on an early European tour as her opening act. The Grammy winner has sold more than 100 million units worldwide, and she is the only female who's been inducted into both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Seely, 78, is one of the biggest stars of the Grand Ole Opry, where she has been a member for 51 years. Best known for her Grammy-winning 1966 No. 1 hit, "Don't Touch Me," Seely has also written songs for a long list of other artists, including Dottie West, Merle Haggard, Lorrie Morgan, Connie Smith and Ray Price.
Singer-songwriter and down-home comedian Ray Stevens has enjoyed a 60-year career. Nominated for 12 Grammy Awards, he has earned two. Stevens is best known for hits including “The Streak” and “Everything Is Beautiful," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Easy Listening and Hot 100 charts. He currently hosts CabaRay Nashville, a 30-minute weekly musical talk show that airs on public television.
Ben Folds has served as an artistic advisor at the Kennedy Center. Fold tours performing with orchestras and as a pop artist, and he has appeared in films and as a judge for five seasons on the NBC show The Sing Off. Folds is also a photographer, and he's a prominent advocate for funding for the arts in public schools, as well as music therapy. He is working on his first book.
Lee, Seeley, Stevens and Folds will be inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on Aug. 21 at 11:30AM at Nashville’s Walk of Fame Park. The free event is open to the public.
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