The T.J. Martell Foundation in Nashville will honor award-winning BMI singer/songwriter Vince Gill with the Frances Williams Preston Lifetime Music Achievement Award this weekend. The Award, one of the Foundation’s highest, is named in honor of BMI pioneer, Frances Williams Preston, whose leadership and contributions to the Nashville music community and beyond are legendary. In addition to her many accomplishments at BMI, Frances was President of the T.J. Martell Foundation Board of Directors and founder of the Frances Williams Preston Laboratories at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. Frances was the first recipient of this prestigious award in 2009, and it was later awarded to Michael Bolton (2011) and Kris Kristofferson (2012) in her name.
Gill, a friend of Preston’s, said, “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. She seemed to love the people and the songs more than the work she was doing.”
The T.J. Martell Foundation will honor Gill, along with other great humanitarians at their 5th Annual Nashville Honors Gala on Sunday, March 10 at the Hutton Hotel in Nashville. For more information about the Foundation and this event, visit: http://tjmartell.org/