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Third Annual Emissaries of Memphis Music March 23rd

March 14, 2011

It’s Women’s History Month, so the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission is honoring eight local women in the music industry, including Amy LaVere, Valerie June, and Lil Rounds.

The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission will honor the women at its Third Annual Emissaries of Memphis Music celebration Wednesday, March 23, at the Memphis Botanic Garden.

Honorees include Blues artist Barbara Blue; sound engineer and producer Dawn Hopkins; vocalists/musicians JoJo Jeffries, Amy LaVere, Valerie June and Dani McCulloch; Grammy nominated gospel sensation Sheri Jones-Moffett; and American Idol finalist Lil Rounds.

“One of Memphis’ greatest assets is its music,” said Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission Executive Director Johnnie Walker. “It has brought us international recognition, and it is only fitting that we recognize those who make it possible. Some of these women have been in the industry more than 20 years and have traveled extensively to introduce the world to music that we have the privilege of enjoying regularly.” 

Mamie Coleman, vice president of music and production for FOX Broadcasting in Los Angeles, will be the keynote speaker. Miss Tennessee USA 2011 Ashley Durham will also be the event’s Youth Motivational Mentor. Jazz violinist Lila and her band will also perform.

The event benefits the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides Memphis musicians with free healthcare. Memphis musicians who meet eligibility requirements can receive healthcare via the Church Health Center.

Tickets for the Emissaries of Memphis Music Celebration are $50 each. To purchase tickets or reserve a table, call 901-576-6857 or visit

One Comment leave one →
  1. shaunp permalink
    March 26, 2011 2:00 am

    congrats lil. bless

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