In a public ceremony on August 21 at 11:30 a.m. in Music City Walk of Fame Park, Jeannie Seely, Ray Stevens, Brenda Lee and Ben Folds will receive the 81st through 84th stars on Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame.
“This summer’s Music City Walk of Fame inductees reflect the incredible breadth of the many musical gifts Nashville has sent out into the world,” Mayor David Briley said in a statement. “Ben Folds’ sharp songwriting and piano playing, the vibrant voice Brenda Lee started sharing with country music fans as a teenager, the great vocals and stage presence that Jeannie Seely has brought to the Grand Ole Opry for 50 years, and Ray Stevens’ witty lyrics and memorable songs are all testimonials to the magic that happens every day in Music City.”
Seely is receiving a star due to her impact on the Grand Ole Opry. Performing with the Opry for over five decades, Seely was the first woman to host segments of the show, and she even wore the first mini-skirt the stage had seen. Seely won a Grammy for “Don’t Touch Me” and is known for her show on the Armed Forces Network Show and penning a book.
Comedian and musician Ray Stevens has sold over 40 million records throughout his career due to songs like “The Streak” and “Everything is Beautiful.” He’s also well known for his popular show, Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville, and his new Nashville venue, the CabaRay Showroom.
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Brenda Lee first emerged onto the country music scene at age 11. Only a year later she joined Elvis Presley on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, and before even reaching 20-years-old, The Beatles opened for her on tour in Europe. “I’m Sorry” is this musical prodigy’s biggest hit.
Pop singer-songwriter and pianist Ben Folds will also get a star due to his vast musical influence and work to help save Music Row’s RCA Studio A. Folds just so happens to be performing a show on the night of the ceremony at the Ascend Amphitheater where he’ll play a string of sing-along hits.
The Music City Walk of Fame was started in 2006, and each plaque features a star with a guitar design along with the names of those honored for their significant contribution in the country music industry. The plaques are installed on a stretch of sidewalk that reaches down Music Mile, connecting downtown to Music Row.