Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee today announced that musicians
Amy Grant and Vince Gill have been named the recipients of the 2009 Jack C.
Massey Leadership Award. This award is
presented biennially in recognition of outstanding community leadership and
considerable contributions to numerous causes that improve the lives of Middle
“For nearly than 30 years, Amy and Vince have been very successful
music industry,” said Tom Starling, President and CEO of the Mental Health
Association of Middle Tennessee. “However,
their greatest legacy to Nashville
is not just record sales or professional accolades. Their generous contributions of time and
resources to numerous charitable organizations serving underprivileged
children, performing arts, physically disabled, homeless, and other persons in
need exemplifies the
type of visionary leadership that Jack C. Massey demonstrated. We are delighted to
name Amy Grant and
Vince Gill as the recipients of the Jack C. Massey
career spans over 25 years and stretches from her roots in gospel into an
iconic pop star, songwriter, television personality, and philanthropist. Grant
has sold more than 30 million albums and won six Grammys® in
multiple categories, beginning with the platinum selling Age to Age in 1982. She also has six #1 hits, including "Baby,
Baby," and "Every Heartbeat".
For as long as she has been singing, Grant has also been giving back to
her community. Many organizations, large
and small, local and international, have benefitted from Grant’s involvement.
has sold more than 26 million albums. He has earned 18 CMA Awards, including
Entertainer of the Year in 1993 and 1994. Gill is a member of the Grand Ole
Opry and has received 19 Grammys® to date, the most of any male
Country artist. In 2007, the Country Music Association inducted Gill as the
newest members of the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame. An avid golfer, he helped create the annual
Vince Gill Pro-Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament (“The Vinny”) in 1993 in
order to help support junior golf programs throughout Tennessee.
Besides being known for his
talent as a performer, musician and songwriter, Gill is regarded as one of
Country Music’s best known humanitarians, participating in hundreds of
charitable events throughout his career.
The Jack C. Massey Award was created by the Mental Health
Association in 1986 to honor the late Mr. Massey’s lifelong dedication to the Nashville community. He was a founder of Baptist Hospital
Board of Trustees for 20 years. He also was
a trustee of Montgomery Bell Academy
contributions to local academic institutions such as Vanderbilt Law School, Meharry Medical College, and Belmont College,
whose graduate school of business bears his name. One of the most successful
entrepreneurs of his time, Mr. Massey helped establish and lead numerous
corporations including Kentucky Fried Chicken, Thomas Nelson Publishers,
Surgical Care Affiliates, Corrections Corporation of America, Hospital
Corporation of America and Massey Surgical Supply.
Former Jack C. Massey Leadership Award recipients include
Ambassador Joe M. Rodgers (1986), Leah Rose Werthan (1988), Buddy Killen
(1991), Governor Ned McWherter (1993), Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr. (1995),
Annette Eskind (1997), Alyne Massey (1999), William O. Whetsell, Jr., M.D.
(2001), William S. Cochran (2003), Orrin H. Ingram, John R. Ingram, David B.
Ingram and Robin Ingram Patton (2005), and Mayor Bill Purcell (2007).
Massey, Mr. Massey’s widow, will serve as honorary chair of the invitation-only awards dinner event, which will be held November 18, 2009. Diana Day-Cartee and Karen Moore will serve as event co-chairs.
About The Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee
The Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee promotes
mental wellness for all individuals through advocacy, education and service.
For more information about the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee,
call 615-269-5355 or visit www.ichope.com.