Reba McEntire will be recognized for her support of songwriters on Oct. 28 at the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala. During the 48th anniversary event, the country icon will be honored with the inaugural Career Maker Award for her influence on the songwriting careers of Hall of Fame members.
An avid champion of songwriters, Reba has recorded 80 songs that have been written or co-written by more than 40 songwriters who have been inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“I love to record!” Reba says in a statement. “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.”
She adds, “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.”
According to a statement, the Career Maker Award will be presented to a “non-Hall of Fame member whose artistic endeavors have helped songwriters achieve their dreams of induction into the Hall of Fame.”
The 48th Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Gala will be held on Oct. 28 at Nashville’s Music City Center. The evening features tributes and performances of each inductee’s songs by special guests artists. Previous galas have seen appearances by Garth Brooks, Luke Bryan, Jimmy Buffett, Ronnie Dunn, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Thomas Rhett, Blake Shelton, Marty Stuart, Taylor Swift, Josh Turner and Trisha Yearwood, among others.