The Nashville Association of Talent Directors’ (NATD) 8th Annual Honors Gala honored Country Music Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame member Bill Anderson during a reception at the Hermitage Hotel November 7.
Country music star Mark Wills surprised the songwriting titan by performing the hit Anderson wrote for him, “Wish You Were Here.” Country singer-songwriter Jamey Johnson also joined to make remarks on Anderson’s unprecedented career before inviting the legend to the stage.
The event, presented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and the Grand Ole Opry, featured Nashville’s best of the best in the entertainment industry to present and show respect to the honorees. Other honorees include legendary CAA agent Stan Barnett, award-winning Christian band MercyMe, Variety Attractions’ George Moffett, President & CEO of TPAC Kathleen O’Brien and legendary APA agent Ray Shelide.
In addition to the NATD Honor, Anderson was inducted to the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year and received the Kris Kristofferson Lifetime Achievement Award, NSAI’s highest honor, at their Songwriter Awards on Sept. 19. The ceremony was on the hallowed stage of the Ryman Auditorium where 57 years ago Anderson was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Anderson also released his 72nd album ANDERSON earlier this year. The self-titled album was produced by Anderson, Thomm Jutz and Peter Cooper, recorded and mixed by Jutz at TJ Tunes with assistant engineer Andy Kern and mastered by Alex Mccullough at True East Mastering. Three of the tracks were penned solely by Anderson, who has written charted songs in each of the past seven consecutive decades, while the additional tracks feature venerable singer-songwriters including John Paul White of The Civil Wars and country music outlaw Jamey Johnson. Click HERE to download Anderson.