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John Mellencamp To Performs At The TJ Martell 2013 Honors Gala, March 10th
02.27.2013 -

T.J. Martell Foundation reveals stars slated for 2013 Honors Gala

Jeff Bridges, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Amy Grant and others to take stage at annual event

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—February 27, 2013—The T.J. Martell Foundation revealed today a partial list of its presenters and entertainment lineup for the fifth annual Nashville Honors Gala. The 2013 program includes some of the biggest names in music, as well as a special appearance by Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges.

The Gala honorees, which were announced earlier this year, are T Bone Burnett, Vince Gill, Butch Spyridon and Peggy Joyce.

Actor and musician Jeff Bridges will be taking the stage as a presenter of the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award to T Bone. Bridges won an Academy Award for Best Actor in 2010 for his role in Crazy Heart. Honoree T Bone Burnett both produced the film and wrote the film’s theme, "The Weary Kind," which also won an Academy Award.

Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp will be performing as a tribute to their friendship and collaboration with T Bone. Nothing Like I Planned: The Art of John Mellencamp, a recent exhibition at theTennessee State Museum, opened Nashvillians to another aspect of Mellencamp's talent. He, too, has a deep musical connection with honoree Burnett, the two having worked together on several critically acclaimed projects including the recent album No Better Than This. Costello’s career has spanned both decades and genre, and has seen frequent Nashville collaborations including his award-winning 2009 release, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane, recorded at Nashville’s Sound Emporium. Honoree T Bone --More--

Burnett penned the song "The Scarlet Tide," sung by Alison Krauss, with Costello, which earned them both an Academy Award nomination.

Living country legend Vince Gill will be honored by two surprise performers at the gala. Gill is receiving the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award – one of the foundation’s most prestigious distinctions, named in honor of the Music Row pioneer who had a personal impact on Gill.

"I couldn’t ask for anyone better to take my interest to heart and look after me. At the end of the day I knew she was going to represent me and my fellow songwriters by doing a first-class job," said Gill, on Preston and receiving the award in her memory. "She seemed to love the people and the songs more than the work she was doing. Frances was a powerful woman. And power doesn't look good on most people, but on Frances it was never more beautiful."

Gill will be receiving the first award given in Frances Preston’s honor since her passing last year. Preston was the first recipient of the award in 2009, along with Michael Bolton in 2011, and Kris Kristofferson in 2012. The 2013 award will be presented to Gill by wife, Amy Grant, whose career spans over 25 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into an iconic pop star, selling over 30 million records worldwide.

Four of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers will also be performing some of their songs at this year’s gala – songwriters Tim Nichols, Brett James, Rivers Rutherford and Aaron Barker. Tim McGraw’s hit, "Live Like You Were Dying," was co-penned by Nichols, while hit singles by James and Rutherford include Carrie Underwood’s, "Jesus Take the Wheel," and, "When I Get Where I’m Going," recorded by both Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton. Barker’s hits include George Straight’s, "Easy Come, Easy Go" and, "I’d Like To Have That One Back." Nichols will be presenting the Spirit of Nashville Award to Butch Spyridon for his outstanding work as CEO of Nashville’s Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"We are so excited to have yet another lineup of world famous performers this year," said T.J. Martell’s Director of Development, Cindy Lovelace. "We are truly humbled that some of the greatest artists in the world believe in the mission of our foundation, and in the influence of our honorees."

Dr. Jennifer Pietenpol will be at the gala as a presenter. Pietenpol, Director of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, leads a team developing revolutionary methods of cancer screening and treatment. She serves on the National Cancer Advisory Board of the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Scientific Advisory Committee, and is on the board of directors of the American Association for Cancer Research. Pietenpol will be presenting the Spirit of Hope Award to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center supporter and volunteer Peggy Joyce.

The March 10 event is invitation-only and begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and premiere silent auction. The festivities continue at 7:00 p.m. with dinner, the awards presentation, musical performances and a live auction.

The co-chairs for the 2013 event include David Corlew, Blue Hat Records and Charlie Daniels Band; Kitty Moon Emery, KittyMoon Enterprises; and Steve Hauser, WME.

Table sponsorships range from $11,500 to $100,000. Individual tickets are $1,000. Ads honoring the honorees may also be purchased in the commemorative journal. To purchase tickets, journal ads, or to inquire about sponsorships, email clovelace@tjmartell.org.

About the T.J. Martell Foundation

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry's largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues, in loving memory of his son, T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $250 million for research at top hospitals in the United States. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage research projects aimed at developing more effective clinical treatments for patients which otherwise might not be funded. In Nashville, the T.J. Martell Foundation funds the Frances Williams Preston laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. For additional information, visit www.TJMartell.org.



The Tennessean Blog

Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and rock greats Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp are among the stars set to take stage at the T.J. Martell Foundation’s fifth annual Nashville Honors Gala on March 10.

The invitation-only gala — held at the Hutton Hotel and hosted by “Nashville” star Charles Esten — will salute four noteworthy figures: music producer T Bone Burnett, country star Vince Gill, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau President Butch Spyridon and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center volunteer Peggy Joyce.

Costello and Mellencamp will perform in tribute to Burnett, who has produced projects for both artists. He also produced and contributed to the soundtrack of Bridges’ film “Crazy Heart;” the actor/musician will present Burnett with the Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award.

Gill will be honored by two surprise performers, and wife Amy Grant will present him with the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Industry Award. Nashville hit songwriters Tim Nichols, Brett James and Rivers Rutherford are also scheduled to perform.

The T.J. Martell Foundation funds medical research with a focus on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.


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