Stevie Wonder to Be Honored in Memphis in October
Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:48:43
The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town) will honor musical icon Stevie Wonder with the inaugural Epitome of Soul Award at "A Soulright Evenin," presented by Southeastern Asset Management advisors to Longleaf Partners Funds. The musical tribute will take place on Saturday, October 11 at 8PM at the Cannon Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
The evening will include a performance by Wonder and additional performances by artists paying homage to Wonder's vast repertoire of hits.
Rickey Minor, music director for American Idol, will serve as producer and music director. Minor, a four time Emmy nominee, previously spent nearly four years jamming alongside Jay Leno as the leader of the famed The Tonight Show Band. Along the way, he's worked with a veritable "Who's who" of popular music across genres and generations including Whitney Houston, Sting, Miley Cyrus, Beyoncé, Aretha Franklin, Barbra Streisand, Pharrell Williams, Garth Brooks, Usher, Jamie Foxx, and Ray Charles. Tickets will be made available through Ticketmaster.
"The City of Memphis is truly excited that The Consortium MMT, and its mentorship program for Soul Music, would honor the legendary Stevie Wonder with its Epitome of Soul Award. No city could be more proud of its legacy of Soul Music than Soulsville, USA, and there could be no greater representation of the music than The Consortium MMT's first honoree. The City of Memphis invites everyone to take advantage of this opportunity and attend this great show," says Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr.
"The legacy of Soul Music and Memphis deserves the best. Having Stevie Wonder as the honoree is a true testament to that," said The Consortium MMT founder David Porter. "Memphis is rich in musical history and provides the perfect backdrop for a celebration honoring one of soul's greatest artists, the 'Epitome of Soul.'"
For more info, visit theconsortiummmt.org.
What is your favorite Stevie Wonder song?