Nashville, Tenn. (September 17, 2014) – Mrs. Richard A. (Anne) Maradik and Mrs. Clifford Louis (Karlen) Garrard, co-chairs of the 2014 Symphony Ball fundraiser, announced today that Faith Hill and Tim McGraw have been named the 2014 recipients of the prestigious Harmony Award, presented annually to individuals who best exemplify the harmonious spirit of the Nashville musical community.
The pair will be honored with the award at the 30th anniversary edition of the Symphony Ball on December 13, 2014 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center, where they will also perform with the orchestra. Mrs. Maradik and Mrs. Garrard also revealed that the 2014 Symphony Ball patron party will be hosted by Amy Grant and Vince Gill on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.
“Through the years, the Harmony Award has recognized many in Nashville for their contributions to our city’s unique culture and both Faith and Tim have more than earned their place alongside the names of all the past recipients,” said Alan Valentine, Nashville Symphony president and CEO. “Not simply outstanding artists, these are two outstanding people who have helped make Nashville the thriving creative capital that it is and we are thrilled to honor them with this award.”
Faith Hill is a five-time Grammy Award winner and is one of the music industry’s top vocalists, with a voice that is as powerful as it is recognizable. Her career has been highlighted by the sale of over 30 million albums worldwide. She has had 14 #1 singles, 20 #1 videos and was the first female artist to have three studio albums debut consecutively at #1 on Billboard’s Top Pop Album Chart and Country Chart. She has also won three Country Music Association Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, four American Music Awards and four People’s Choice Awards.
Over the course of McGraw's illustrious career, the three-time GRAMMY award-winning entertainer has accumulated 35 No. one's, 54 Top 10 hits, sold over 40 million albums, 14 CMA's, 15 ACM's, ten AMA's and countless other honors. McGraw, along with Hill are both currently nominated for two CMA Awards including "Single of the Year" and "Musical Event of the Year" for "Meanwhile Back At Mama's" (featuring Faith Hill). McGraw’s latest album, SUNDOWN HEAVEN TOWN (Sept. 16), marks his second release on Big Machine Records and brings forth new collection of songs that capture a distinctly country and a distinctly McGraw sound. For more information, visit timmcgraw.com.
The Symphony Ball is Nashville’s premier winter social event and one of the Nashville Symphony’s two annual fundraisers. Since its inception in 1985, the Ball has raised a total of nearly $7 million for the Symphony, sustaining the organization’s mission of achieving excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life.
Past recipients of the Nashville Symphony’s Harmony Award include Brad Paisley, Amy Grant, LeAnn Rimes, Michael W. Smith, Mike & Linda Curb, Lyle Lovett, Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton, The Judds, Steve Winwood, Vince Gill, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Chet Atkins, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Marty Stuart and Keith Urban.