23 Mar 2012
- Written by Myron Mays
Each year the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission honors eight deserving women who have influenced the Memphis Music culture in some shape form or fashion.
Each year the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission honors eight deserving women who have influenced the Memphis Music culture in some shape form or fashion. The 2012 Emissaries of Memphis Music list is varied, with accomplishments that include making it into into Billboards Top 5 and gracing radio and television.
This year’s honorees include chart-topping soul and pop singers Ann Peebles, Wendy Moten and Anita Ward, season eight “American Idol: finalist Alexis Grace, Lindenwood Christian Church Worship Leader Bethany Paige, WDIA’s Bev Johnson, Nita Makris, owner of The Stage Stop, and Levitt Shell Executive Director Anne Pitts.
The Emissaries concept was developed by Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission Executive Director Johnnie Walker.
“Being a woman, who has survived and thrived in an industry that is very male-dominated, I know women and their careers are not celebrated as much as they should be,” said Walker.
“I’ve heard every story one could hear about the successful men in Memphis Music. Well, as a woman in the business, I know there are women in Memphis that have enjoyed music success and have made major contributions to the city’s creative culture….So the idea to create an event that would celebrate these women was born.”
The Emissaries event is the annual event of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, which was created to promote Memphis music and artists. The Commission operates programs that provide a variety of services to musicians and local music industry personnel such as free healthcare to local musicians.
The Women’s History Month celebration will take place on March 29 at The University of Memphis Holiday Inn located at 3700 Central Ave. at 7 p.m. WMC-TV’s Kontji Anthony will serve as the event’s Mistress of Ceremonies. Tickets start at $50 and are on sale now. They can be purchased by visiting the Music Commission’s website at www.memphismusic.org.
Proceeds from the Emissaries of Memphis Music event will benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, a Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission service that provides free healthcare to Memphis musicians. This is done in partnership with the Church Health Center.
| Alexis Grace|| Bev Johnson|| Nita Makris||Wendy Moten|
| Bethany Paige|| Ann Peebles|| Anne Pitts||Anita Ward|