Bill Anderson , Roy Clark , Dolly Parton , Charley Pride and Mel Tillis will compete for the entertainer of the year prize at this year’s third annual Golden Voice Awards show. The event will be held June 14 on the General Jackson showboat in Nashville. It is sponsored by the Performer’s Benefit Fund, the not-for-profit organization that pays medical bills for past and present Grand Ole Opry members.
Vying for the top male vocalist award are Anderson, Sonny James, Tillis, Pride and Billy Walker. Donna Fargo, Melba Montgomery, Anne Murray, Jean Shepard and Connie Smith are up for the top female vocalist honor. Top group nominees are the Gatlin Brothers, Johnnie & Jack, the Jordanaires, the Statler Brothers and the Whites. (Jack Anglin of Johnnie & Jack died in 1963 and is survived by partner Johnnie Wright; eligibility rules require that at least one member of an ensemble be living.)
Career achievement award contenders are Bill Carlisle, James, Jimmy C. Newman, Leroy Van Dyke and Porter Wagoner.
The remaining award categories are legacy, bluegrass, radio personality, servant of the year, songwriter of the year, lead guitar, bass guitar, rhythm guitar, keyboards, steel guitar, fiddle and drums.
Among the artists scheduled to attend or perform are Bobby Bare, Jim Ed Brown, Gail Davies, Little Jimmy Dickens, Fargo, Jack Greene, Anderson, Charlie Louvin, Stonewall Jackson, Jeannie C. Riley and Jett Williams.
Ticket holders to the show will also be guests at a “Brunch With the Stars” before the award ceremonies begin. Reservations and
details are available at 615-822-4100.
Last year’s Golden Voice entertainer of the year was Ferlin Husky.