What an incredible night it was for me at the Ryman Auditorium last night when the Nashville Songwriters Association, International, presented me with their prestigious Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting. I thought you might like to see a few pictures from the evening.
My friend, Vickie Salas, Jon Randall, and I had time for a backstage visit before the proceedings got underway. Special times are made even more special when my children can be with me, and all three were there last night, Jenni, Terri, and Jamey. Darrius Rucker sang “City Lights” in my honor, and NSAI president, Steve Bogard, presented me with the award itself. Later, singers Jewel, Jamey Johnson, Jessi Alexander, and Jon Randall paused for a group photo backstage. Jamey had sung our song, “Give It Away,” earlier in the night, and later joined Jon and Jessi for their version of “Whiskey Lullaby,” which earned a standing ovation from the sold-out crowd.
Blake Shelton was there, too, and in true Blake style, we spent a few minutes visiting and being very NON-serious.
All in all it was a once-in-a-lifetime happening for me, and my thanks go out to all those who helped make it possible.