I am so pleased and honored to tell you that I have been nominated to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame! This is a huge honor, as the voters are my peers who understand the crafting of a song. For them to nominate me makes me so proud. The other nominees are a group of truly amazing songwriters, some of whom I consider the best who ever lived. Whether I win or lose, to have my name included with theirs is an honor, indeed.
The following is the letter I just received.
Congratulations! On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation (NaSHOF) Board of Directors, it’s a pleasure for me to notify you that you have been nominated for induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, the highest honor that our songwriting community bestows.
Our Nominating Committee, made up of Hall of Fame members and Music Row historians, considered all worthy candidates whose first significant works achieved commercial success and/or artistic recognition at least 20 years ago and who have "positively impacted and been closely associated with the Nashville Songwriting Community and deemed to be outstanding and significant." The final slate of nominees was approved by the Foundation board.
Very soon, your name will appear on the 2014 ballot along with the names of 11 of your esteemed colleagues. (see below) Three inductees (2 songwriters; 1 songwriter/artist) will be determined by votes cast from Hall of Fame members and Professional Songwriter members of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), as well as the boards of NaSHOF and NSAI.
We wish you the best in the voting. We invite you and a guest to join us, along with the other nominees, for a wonderful evening of food, entertainment and fond remembrances at our annual black-tie Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony on Sunday evening, October 5, in Nashville’s Music City Center.
Should you have questions related to the event or this process, please feel free to contact our Executive Director Mark Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org. To assist us in assuring that your invitation is received and on time, please e-mail Mark your physical address and phone number at your earliest convenience.
On behalf of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation Board of Directors and the Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, let me again extend to you our heartfelt congratulations. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
Pat Alger, Board Chair
Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation
Appearing on the 2014 Ballot:
Category 1 – Songwriters
John Scott Sherrill
Category 2 – Songwriter/Artists
A Big Honor