BMI’s Thomas Cain to Receive HAL Cornerstone Award

Posted in News on August 19, 2008

Ceremony Slated for September 28 in Beverly Hills

BMI Senior Director, Writer/Publisher Relations, Nashville Thomas Cain will number among the elite recipients of the 2008 Heroes And Legends (HAL) Awards Sunday, September 28 at the star-studded ceremony in Beverly Hills. Cain will be honored alongside legendary Motown musicians The Funk Brothers, television and film actor Ernie Hudson, New Orleans music icon Allen Toussaint, platinum-selling songwriter/producer Harold Lilly, educator, artist and author Dr. Samella Lewis, Motown and gospel songwriter/producer Frank Wilson and renowned recording artist Martha Reeves.

An accomplished musician, songwriter, publisher and industry executive, Mr. Cain will receive the Cornerstone Award, an accolade designed to spotlight key role models in the arts industries whose accomplishments inspire their peers and guide generations. During the ceremony, the HAL Scholarship Foundation will also award financial aid to gifted students who aspire to careers in the performing arts sphere.

A native of Athens, Alabama, Thomas Cain began his musical odyssey early, picking up the trumpet and learning piano as a young boy. After graduating from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in musical education, Cain commenced what would become an eclectic and creatively prolific career. A diverse coalition of crossover stars and gospel staples including Kenny Rogers, Ronnie Milsap, Diamond Rio, Trace Atkins, The Mighty Clouds of Joy and Albertina Walker have recorded Cain’s songs, while corporate conglomerates including McDonald’s, Rubbermaid, Oscar Meyer and Golden Flake Potato Chips have utilized Cain’s versatile compositions as jingles for national advertising campaigns. As a composer, his triumphs include penning the original theme and musical score for the award-winning documentary Waiting in the Wings: African Americans in Country Music, while as a musician, career highlights include appearing with legend Johnny Mathis on the national PBS television special, Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful.

Dexterously able to switch from creative artist to creative executive, Cain also founded publishing company Candy Cane Music, originally Sweet Baby Music, which boasts a deep catalog containing country no. 1 smashes, blues recordings, and original jazz, r&b and gospel compositions.

As Director of Writer/Publisher Relations at BMI in Nashville, Mr. Cain spends his days working with and for his peers: composers and publishers. At night, he may often be found with his beloved jazz ensemble, The Thomas Cain Band.

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