Brenda Lee

The Thirteenth Annual SOURCE Awards were held last night at the Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum at the Historic Municipal Auditorium. The dynamic duo of legendary artists Brenda Lee and Jeannie Seely were once again paired up as hosts for the night to honor the women of the music industry.

The night began with a cocktail reception and a chance for the hard working women of the music row to mingle and catch up. Following that was a catered dinner with the awards beginning right after dessert. Particularly appropriate was the fact that Nashville’s newly elected first ever woman Mayor, Megan Barry, welcomed her fellow women executives to start the awards portion. The presentation of the awards was handled masterfully by the seasoned entertainers as Brenda Lee and Jeannie Seely took turns introducing each honoree and keeping the audience laughing. One such laugh came when notoriously short-statured Brenda Lee used a box to stand on in order to reach the microphone on the podium. When it was her turn at the podium Seely quipped, “I’ve got long legs so I’ll just straddle Brenda’s box.”

In addition to honoring seven music industry executives, Brenda Lee got the chance to turn the tables on her co-host and surprise her with a special recognition SOURCE Award. ”It is always a pleasure to host the SOURCE Awards and to see the joy this recognition brings to the honorees,” said Seely. “This time I got to share that joy when I was recognized as well…what a nice surprise! Thank you Ladies, it was truly an amazing evening.” Jeannie Seely is in the sixth decade of her entertainment career that began when she was 11 years old singing on a WMGW morning radio show. The Grammy winner has had success as an actress, author, songwriter, and singer, but mostly she is known as being an amazing entertainer. She’s been credited with changing the image of female country performers, and her infectious humor has always been one of her trademarks. She has been a member of the Grand Old Opry since 1967 and is thrilled to be hosting and performing at the Opry on any given weekend that she is in town.

The celebratory night ended with Brenda Lee’s closing remarks. “Thank you for having me back,” said Lee to the audience. “I appreciate the opportunity to be here and help honor these amazing women. And I also want to thank you for letting me be me!” Brenda Lee is enjoying an amazingly successful career that has so far spanned over sixty years. She has been honored with both the “Grammy Governor’s Award” and the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.” She has had numerous hits in both country music and rock & Roll, and has been inducted into five halls of fame (Rock & Roll, Country Music, Rockabilly, Hit Parade, and Georgia Music). She is perhaps best known for recording one of the most iconic Christmas songs of all time in “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” which is the number 4 favorite Christmas song of all time.

Founded in 1991, SOURCE is a non-profit organization seeking to unify women executives and professionals that work in all facets of the Nashville music industry. Although its specific goals remain flexible to meet the changing needs and interests of its membership, it has consistent broad purposes. It provides a source of information useful to its members’ business needs as well as professional contacts. It creates a source of career opportunities for its membership as well as industry-related education. And it provides short term aid to women in the music industry who encounter financial personal or medical problems and need assistance.