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Amy Grant and Martha R. Ingram - Two Women of Grace Received Walk of Fame Stars

Amy Grant and Martha R. Ingram - Two Women of Grace Received Walk of Fame Stars

                 On a not too warm, not too cloudy and perfectly sunshiny day, fans, media and Nashville celebrities gathered in the heart of Music City, USA to see the Walk of Fame Star ceremony.

The fans were lined up along the walkway by Demonbreun Street across from the Country Music Hall of Fame for well over an hour before the ceremony started, being entertained by guitar virtuoso David Andersen and a non staged, a little faint and off beat, background percussion from the elevators going up and down the construction of a new skyscraper nearby.  As Amy Grant walked up to the podium which was flanked by two red Music City notes, both the guitar and the sounds of the city were muffled by the cheers from the audience.  Soon thereafter, the ceremony began with the Master of Ceremonies, WSM’s very own Bill Cody, being the energetic, verbal mortar binding the elements of the program together.  He informed that this was the eighteenth Walk of Fame Star Ceremony and welcomed Mayor Megan Barry as the next speaker.  She called the spot we were at for a “prime visitor attraction” and “The best place to get to know why Music City is Music City.”  CMNI has seen visitors reverently walk around the markers, careful not to step on them, and many take pictures of themselves posing next to the marker of their favorite star.  Some of the stars that have been honored in the ten year history of the Walk of Fame are Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Jack White, Hank Williams Sr., Miranda Lambert, Elvis Presley, so many others and now also Martha R. Ingram and Amy Grant.

Sometimes the best way to get to know a person is to know who their friends are.  By the friends of philanthropist Martha R. Ingram and Grammy awarded Christian/crossover artist Amy Grant and the way they spoke about them, you can tell that they are genuine, loving, hard working,  generous – in spirit and heart as well as with their time and means, supportive, humble and gracious.  Both proved that when they with respect in their voices said how honored they were to be inducted at the same time.  In fact, Grant used the first minute of her speech to pay homage to Ingram, and Ingram dedicated a good part of her speech as well giving Grant tribute for her benefit concerts for the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.  The center would not have existed if it wasn’t for them and their contributions.  Amy also spoke about how interconnected we all are as the family of man and how we one day after this life will wake up and see that we are as connected as aspen trees: underneath them is a root system that bind them together.  We agree with their friends Nicholas S. Zeppos, Chancellor of Vanderbilt University (who said Ingram was like Helen of Troy), and John Huie of Creative Artists Agency and Bart Millard of MercyMe on Ingram and Grant being worthy honorees and say no others deserve it more.

Shelley Ridge for Country Music News International

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