We have two special Nashville Rockstars for you this month and they are Amy Grant & Martha R. Ingram. We wanted to make sure to highlight these wonderful people because they are about to be inducted into Music City Walk of Fame. Get to know them with the brief bios below and plan to be there when they are honored in Nashville, on April 27, at 1pm at Music City Walk of Fame Park.
Amy Grant has built a long, successful career on music that matters. Ever since she burst on the scene as a fresh-faced teenager bringing contemporary Christian music to the forefront of American culture, the Nashville native gained a reputation for creating potent songs that examined life’s complexities with an open heart and keen eye. She became the first artist in Christian music to have a Platinum record and went on to become a crossover sensation, her musical gifts transcending genre boundaries to make her a household name. She’s earned six GRAMMY Awards and numerous Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, as well as three multi-Platinum albums, six Platinum albums and four Gold albums. She’s achieved 10 Top 40 pop singles and placed 17 hits on the Top 40 Adult Contemporary chart, as well as scoring numerous hits on the contemporary Christian charts. A longtime and active Nashville resident, Grant is as well known for her philanthropy as her music. She and husband, Vince Gill, are tireless in their efforts to aid worthy causes.
Martha R. Ingram
Martha Rivers Ingram is the Chairman Emerita of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., one of America’s largest privately held companies. Mrs. Ingram is a member of the Ingram Industries board and served as its Chairman from 1995 to 2008. In addition to her roles in business, she has been widely recognized as a leader in educational and civic organizations and the arts. She was chairman of the Board of Trust of Vanderbilt University in Nashville from 1997 to 2011. She is now an emerita member of the board. She is a past chairman of the Nashville Symphony Association board of directors and was vice chairman of the campaign to develop Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the orchestra’s spectacular home in downtown Nashville. She continues to serve on the Nashville Symphony board. She also serves on the boards of the Nashville Opera Association and the Nashville Repertory Theatre, an organization that she co-founded as the Tennessee Repertory Theatre in 1985. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Nashville Ballet and a former member of the advisory board of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. She received a special award from the Kennedy Center in 2005 for lifetime accomplishments. She was the guiding force in the creation of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, where she continues to serve as a board member, and she chaired the 1996 Tennessee Bicentennial Commission.