The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) will honor music icons Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at their third annual “My Music Matters: A Celebration of Legends Luncheon” at the Renaissance Hotel in Nashville on Friday, May 6. The luncheon, which celebrates the impact that African Americans have made on American musical culture, also serves as the premier fundraising event for NMAAM’s educational programs and community outreach. The organization’s “My Music Matters” campaign is an initiative that features middle Tennessee executives, musicians, artists and community leaders, who champion the impact that music has made in each of their lives. The goal is to build awareness, momentum, and interest for a project that has local, national and international impact. The National Museum of African American Music is slated to open in Nashville in 2018.
Known as the architects of the Philly Soul sound with more than 45 gold and platinum records, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff are responsible for such mega hits as Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones,” the O’Jays’ “Love Train,” and the Soul Train theme, among many others. In addition to these accomplishments, the BMI Icons and GRAMMY award-wining duo has also received many other prestigious accolades, including induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2014, the SHOF also presented them with its most esteemed honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, which is exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.
Also to be recognized at the NMAAM luncheon are GRAMMY®, Dove and Stellar award-winning Gospel icon, Pastor Shirley Caesar; TV One/Radio One Chairman Cathy Hughes; TV One/Radio One President & CEO Alfred Liggins, III; and Jon Platt, CEO, Warner/Chappell Music, North America.
The day prior to the NMAAM luncheon, BMI and Warner/Chappell Music in Nashville are also featuring Gamble & Huff in an “On The Mic” event, where the pioneers themselves will talk about their amazing stories. Congratulations to all!