*The Female Songwriter Hall of Fame (WSHOF) Awards returns for the second year to induct iconic female hitmakers!
WSHOF, founded to honor women whose work represents the best of modern American music’s legacy and legacy, will pay tribute to 10 notable female songwriters on June 25, 2022.
The first six winners announced include Jody Watley, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, indigo girls, and Marilyn Bergman (posthumously)all bring an artistic arsenal, as well as hits spanning the past five decades of popular music, to their induction with more to add.
The stellar event will take place at the lavish Bellevue Center, 43350 John Mosby Hwy in Chantilly, Virginia, and will celebrate some of music’s finest songwriters and composers in a magnificent moment to mark their careers and their classics.
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Music royalty and iconic singer Jody Watley will return to host and host the prestigious awards ceremony. She is also among the esteemed winners of this year’s event.
“I am thrilled to once again host this wonderful ceremony and also honored to be included as a recipient along with my other esteemed songwriter peers,” said Watley.
There will be a special performance by singer-songwriter Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter with Tre Twitty.
The Female Songwriters Hall of Fame honors women whose work represents the legacy and legacy of the world’s musical songbook. It not only celebrates established female songwriters, but also serves as a resource for developing new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases, discoveries and scholarships.
Previous winners include Roberta Flack, Valerie Simpson, Naomi Judd, Jekalyn Carr, Bunny Hull, The Go-Go’s, Klymaxx, Dr Veryl Howard, Dawnn Lewis, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Deneice Williams.
Founder, CEO and President Dr. Janice McLean DeLoatch of The Women Songwriters Hall of Fame is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs and women in the entertainment industry. As an entrepreneur and songwriter herself, Janice realized that songwriter award policies prevented women from achieving parity and recognition with male songwriters. The impact is that many women in the music industry rarely achieve recognition or accolades. DeLoatch established the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame to honor women whose work represents the legacy and legacy of the global musical repertoire.
About the winners
Jody Watley is a famous singer-songwriter and businesswoman, pioneer in music, video, fashion and style, winner of a GRAMMY. As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations for the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. His blockbuster hits include “Looking For A New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, “Some Kind of Lover”, “Real Love”, “Friends”, “I Want You” and many more. The iconic singer of Pop/Soul/R&B cultural music is one of the architects of 21st century pop and continues to rack up the charts!
Loretta Lynn is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning six decades in country music. Lynn has released several gold albums and is famous for hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” , “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as well as the 1980 biographical film of the same name. Lynn has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and individual artist. She has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award 18 times and won 3 times. Lynn is the most awarded female country artist and the only female ACM artist of the decade (1970s), she scored 24 No. 1 hit singles and 11 number-one albums.
Gloria Estefan is a composer, actress and businesswoman. She began her career as the lead singer of the group Miami Latin Boys, which later became known as Miami sound machine. She achieved worldwide success with “Conga” in 1985, which became Estefan’s signature song and Led Miami Sound Machine to Win the 15th Annual Grand Prize Tokyo Music Festival in 1986. In 1988, she and the group achieved their first number one hit with the song “All for you“. She is considered the Latin artist who broke down the barriers of Latin music in the international market and opened the doors to several Latin artists such as Shakira, J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Selena, among others. Estefan won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame and Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In 2015, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to American music and received the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2017 for his contributions to American Culture Life. Estefan also won a MTV Video Music Awardswas honored with American Music Awards for Lifetime Achievement, in addition to being named BMI Songwriter of the Year. She was inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame and received several Billboard Rewards. She is also on the Top 100 greatest artists of all time lists of VH1 and Billboard. It is listed in Billboard as third Most Successful Latina and 23rd The greatest Latin artist of all time. Hailed as the “queen of latin pop” by the media, she amassed 38 number one hits through Billboard charts featuring 15 chart-topping songs on Hot latin songs chart. rolling stone The magazine ranked his hit song “Conga” as the 11th The best Latin pop songs all time.
Siedah Garrett is an Oscar-nominated and Grammy-winning R&B singer, songwriter and performer. A triple-threat singer, songwriter and performer, Siedah has written for a diverse selection of recording artists, from Aretha Franklin to Al Jarreau, The Corrs to Vanessa Williams and Barry White to Amy Grant. Siedah’s songs have been featured on hit albums such as Quincy Jones’ Back on the Block and Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl. Siedah is probably best known for co-writing Michael Jackson’s worldwide hit, “Man in the Mirror.” As a singer, she not only dueted with Jackson on the hit single “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, but she also sang with a wide range of acts including Johnny Mathis, Patti Austin, Quincy Jones, The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Kenny Loggins, Chaka Khan and others. With an illustrious career that includes two Oscar nominations, Garrett is an accomplished artist and singer who has recorded and performed with an illustrious roster including Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson and Madonna.
Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, known as indigo girls began singing together in high school and have remained partners ever since, adopting the moniker Indigo Girls in 1985. The partnership proved profitable for the folk-rock duo. Epic Records signed them to a recording contract in 1988. The following year they released the self-titled Indigo Girls, featuring the hit single, Closer to Fine. The album earned Grammy nominations for Best New Artist and Best Contemporary Folk Recording. They received the Grammy in the latter category. Indigo Girls subsequently released Nomads*Indians*Saints, Rites of Passage, Swamp Ophelia, Shaming the Sun, as well as the live records Back on the Bus, Y’all and 1200 Curfews. Additionally, Indigo Girls appeared as herself in the feature film Boys on the Side and the television sitcom Ellen.
Marilyn Bergman (posthumously) – The songs of Alan and Marilyn Bergman have enriched the great American songbook for more than five decades. As lyricists for film, stage and television, they have created many unforgettable images through their lyrical mastery. It’s one of the most successful songwriting collaborations in an era of great popular music. They have won numerous awards, including 16 Oscar nominations, multiple Emmys, Grammys and three Oscars for ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’, ‘The Way We Were’ and the score to ‘Yentl’. Alan & Marilyn’s long list of TV credits includes the theme songs for “Maude”, “Good Times”, “Alice”, “Brooklyn Bridge” and “In the Heat of the Night”. They received four Emmy Awards: for the award-winning drama, “Sybil”, and for the first musical drama made for television, “Queen of the Stardust Ballroom”, the music of Billy Goldenberg, which was later adapted for the Broadway . scene like “Ballroom”. In 1995, for their original song “Ordinary Miracles”, music by Marvin Hamlisch, from the HBO Special “Barbra Streisand: The Concert”. Their fourth Emmy came in 1999 for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for “A Ticket to Dream” with Marvin Hamlisch of AFI’s 100 Years 100 Movies Special. Two years later, they were nominated for their original song “On the Way to Becoming Me” also written with Marvin Hamlisch for the AFI Tribute to Barbra Streisand. Alan and Marilyn wrote the 1986 “One Voice” concert with Barbra Streisand, and in 1994 they scripted the legendary Barbra Streisand Concert Tour and HBO Special “Barbra Streisand: The Concert” for which they were nominated for a Cable Ace Awards.
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