Bill Anderson, Stan Barnett, MercyMe, George Moffett, Kathleen O’Brien and Ray Shelide To Be Honored At Highly-Anticipated Annual Event

Anderson, Stan Barnett, MercyMe, George Moffett, Kathleen O’Brien and
Ray Shelide To Be Honored At Highly-Anticipated Annual Event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (September 11, 2018) The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD) has announced six highly-respected honorees who will be recognized at the 8th Annual NATD Honors Gala scheduled for November 7, 2018, at the Hermitage Hotel. Tickets for the gala can be purchased here.

being awarded for their accomplishments and service to the Nashville
entertainment industry include: Country Music Hall of Fame member and
Grand Ole Opry star
Bill Anderson, legendary CAA agent Stan Barnett, award-winning Christian band MercyMe, Variety Attractions’ George Moffett, President & CEO of TPAC Kathleen O’Brien, legendary APA agent Ray Shelide.

gala will begin with a reception at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and the
awards ceremony. For tickets and sponsorship information, visit

About Bill Anderson

Country Music Hall of Famer and Grand Ole Opry titan Bill Anderson is
the rare songwriter whose first major label cut went to No. 1 on the
charts, was named Song of The Year and sparked a writing career that is
currently in its seventh decade. The song, “City Lights,” was written
when Anderson was a 19-year old Georgia disc jockey and became a
career-defining hit for Ray Price in 1958.  The song opened doors for
him in Nashville, leading him to signing with BMI and Tree Publishing.
Anderson was far from a one-hit wonder. He followed “City Lights” with
country standards like “Tips Of My Fingers,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Once A
Day,” “Saginaw, Michigan,” “That’s What It’s Like To Be Lonesome,” “I
Missed Me,” “Cold Hard Facts Of Life,” which earned him another GRAMMY
nomination, “Mama Sang A Song,” the crossover smash, “Still,” and
countless others. He was voted country Songwriter of the Year six times
during his first decade in Music City. His success continued into the
1970’s with award-winning hits like “Slippin’ Away,” “The Lord Knows I’m
Drinking,” “I May Never Get To Heaven,” and the disco-flavored, “I
Can’t Wait Any Longer.” The 1980’s saw Anderson’s chart-topping career
take a hiatus as he became a TV network game show host, spokesman for a
national restaurant chain and a nonstop touring Grand Ole Opry
performer. In the 1990’s he came roaring back with a vengeance, however,
as he seriously turned to co-writing for the first time. Inducted into
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, his collaborations with the
newer generation of Nashville tunesmiths resulted in hits like “Wish You
Were Here,” the GRAMMY-nominated “Two Teardrops,” “A Lot Of Things
Different,” for Kenny Chesney, “Which Bridge To Cross (Which Bridge To
Burn),” for Vince Gill and two CMA Song Of The Year trophies for
“Whiskey Lullaby,” with Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss and George
Strait’s “Give It Away,” in 2005 and 2007 respectfully.  He continues to
write today with songs like Brad Paisley’s “Dying To See Her.” For more

About Stan Barnett

Stan Barnett
began his career as a professional guitarist in 1968. In 1985, he
transitioned into a booking agent at McFadden & Associates where he
booked acts such as Keith Whitley, Lynn Anderson, Lorrie Morgan, Gene
Watson, Billy Ray Cyrus, David Frizzell, and most notably, the icon Buck
Owens. Stan left McFadden & Associates in 1998 to form his own
company IMA, Inc., where he was solely responsible for booking Buck
Owens, Jeff Foxworthy and Bill Engvall. Stan joined Creative Artists
Agency in 1999, where he signed Lady Antebellum, Joe Nichols, David
Nail, Brenda Lee, the bluegrass icon Ralph Stanley, Rhonda Vincent and
Brandy Clark. He continued to book Buck Owens until Buck’s passing. He
was instrumental in starting the CAA Fair and Festival department in
2001, and in addition to his booking responsibilities, still serves as a
mentor to countless agents and assistants. This year Stan celebrates
his 50th year in the music business. Stan has been a longtime member of
the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, International
Buyers Association, the Nashville Association of Talent Directors and
serves on the Board of Directors for Stars and Stripes. He has received
the Talent Agent of the Year awards from both NATD and IEBA. In 2009,
has was also awarded a prestigious Senate resolution from the State of
Tennessee for his accomplishments in the music industry.

About MercyMe

24 years as a band, Bart Millard (lead vocals), Nathan Cochran (bass),
Barry Graul (guitar), Mike Scheuchzer (guitar) and Robby Shaffer (drums)
are still relentless in their commitment to faith, music, and the group
shows no signs of slowing down after releasing their ninth studio
project, aptly titled
LIFER (Fair Trade Services). With more than 9 million units in cumulative sales, MercyMe
has seen 28 of their songs reach No. 1 across multiple Christian radio
formats, in addition to garnering four mainstream radio hits. Their
landmark song, “I Can Only Imagine,” was the first digital single in
Christian music history to be certified platinum and double-platinum and
the song was most recently the title of a major motion picture
(Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions) based on the life of Bart Millard who
wrote the mega-hit song after the loss of his father.  The movie opened
at a remarkable No. 3 at the box office on Mar. 16, 2018. In 2009,
Billboard named them the Christian Artist of the Decade. In addition,
they have multiple GRAMMY® nominations, GMA Dove Awards, American Music
Awards and a Billboard Music Award to their credit. While the band spent
the last three years telling fans they can be made new in Christ, with
LIFER they wanted to acknowledge that while that is indeed true, it
doesn’t always mean life is easy. So, on this album, they set out to
explore how a believer can navigate the race with enough perseverance to
make it to the finish line. While the band is excited about the message
behind LIFER, they’re equally excited about the musical direction.
LIFER picks up right where their previous album, Welcome to the New,
left off, turning the veteran band’s tried-and-true formula on its head
and giving them permission to experiment. Produced by Ben Glover and
David Garcia—the same duo behind Welcome to the New—MercyMe recorded
LIFER in three different studios in and around Nashville, including Zac
Brown Band’s Southern Ground Studios and an old barn-turned-studio near
College Grove, Tenn. And the whole point of LIFER? “The enemy never lets
up,” Millard offers, “but we have the Spirit inside of us that is
telling us over and over, ‘You are enough because of Christ in you. You
are beautiful.’” It’s a message Millard says he’ll be reiterating for
the rest of his career, and it’s one he’s happy to repeat. “On my worst
day, Christ is OK with me. He adores me. He’s pleased with me. How is
that possible? No clue, but it is,” he affirms. “That’s the most amazing
news of all. That’s the point of the album. That’s the reason we keep
making records.

About George Moffett

George Moffett is
the reason literally millions of people around the country have enjoyed
seeing their favorite entertainers, singers, comediennes, at county
& state fairs, or have witnessed death defying daredevil stunt
shows,  high wire walkers, world renown animal attractions from around
the globe. George is a fan of entertainment and his story is a testament
to that. He grew up on a potato farm in Zanesville, Ohio so he quickly
became used to hard work, and long days as a child. While attending
Muskingum College, he played in numerous bands, at one point he realized
the band was not working much, and he decided to try his hand at
booking his band. He was a natural, as he filled his bands schedule up
with bookings at college celebrations, fraternal organizations, dances,
etc. He did such a good job that other bands began to call him and ask
him to book them. That is when the light switch went on and he realized
the need for a booking agency. With that said, shortly after in 1961
Variety Attractions was born. Little did he know at that time that his
vision would become a brand, a brand that has grown to be one of the
most respected and trusted names in the entertainment industry.  Not
only with its clients, but also with artist, artist managers, artist
agents, and many industry professionals. The ensemble of
agents/consultants he has assembled over the years is second to none in
their field. Together they are responsible for buying over
$20,000,000.00 of talent annually. George served 3 terms as a director
on the Country Music Association board of directors. He was a founding
member of the International Country Music Buyers Association which later
became the International Entertainment Buyers Association. He served on
that board for 30 years. He has won the Academy of Country Music’s
Talent Buyer/Promoter of the year twice, and is a three time winner of
the Country Music Associations Talent Buyer of the Year Award. In 1996
he was recognized by International Entertainment Buyers with their
founders’ award, and in 2010 was inducted in the initial class of the
International Entertainment Buyers Hall of Fame. He has been honored by
several states for his contribution to the fair industry. The George
Moffett Scholarship is endowed at Belmont University in Nashville, TN.
 It is awarded annually to a student who is studying music business at
Belmont. George has a passion for the entertainment business, as well as
a natural sense of caring for everyone he does business with, and his
colleagues. Those who know him can attest to that. He has dedicated his
entire life to this business, and his success has proven, hard work pays
off. When the entertainment history books are written, George Moffett
will have his own chapter, if not his own book.

About Kathleen O’Brien

Kathleen O’Brien is the President and Chief Executive
Officer of Tennessee Performing Arts Center. During her 13 years in this
office, she has steered TPAC through a dramatic change in its business
model, including expansion of the Board of Directors, and its
transitions to independent ticketing/customer management and independent
presenting of Broadway tours.  Her accomplishments include the
oversight of record-breaking ticket sales, new initiatives in arts
education, growth in cash reserves and net assets, and the development
of new musical theatre. Kathleen joined TPAC in 1988 as Director of
Public Affairs, later serving as Vice President of Public Affairs and
Marketing, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Executive Vice President
of Sales and Customer Services, and Chief Operating Officer, prior to
her appointment to the top position effective May 1, 2005. During her 30
years with the organization, average annual attendance doubled, TPAC’s
total operating budget increased from $4.9 million to $24 million, and
it surpassed the milestones of welcoming more than 13 million audience
members and serving more than 1.8 million students, educators, and
adults through one of the largest and most comprehensive arts education
programs in the United States. Kathleen is the immediate past chair of
the Board of Directors of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol,
Virginia, where she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts
degree in journalism and served as Director of Public Relations prior to
moving to Nashville. Her professional associations include the
Nashville Agenda’s Steering Committee, the national Performing Arts
Center Consortium, the Independent Presenters Network where she serves
on the Executive Committee, and the Broadway League, a national trade
association, which presented her with its Road Marketing Award. A
graduate of both Leadership Nashville and Leadership Music, Kathleen
received a 2010 First Night Theater Award. She previously served on the
boards of the Nashville Institute for the Arts, the Center for Nonprofit
Management’s Association for Nonprofit Executives, and the Nashville
Entertainment Association, also serving as that organization’s
president. Kathleen lives in Nashville with her husband, Tim, and their
cats, Simon and Garfunkel. She will retire from TPAC July 2019.

About Ray Shelide

Ray Shelide
has been a booking agent for almost 50 years, founding and owning a
regional agency in Michigan before moving to Los Angeles (1978-1981) to
take a position with Athena Artists.   Ray moved to Tulsa in 1981 to
join The Jim Halsey Company (1981-1983), before heading to Nashville in
1983, where he was one of 3 agents in the Country Music Division of The
William Morris Agency (1983-1993).   He booked fairs at Buddy Lee
Attractions (1993-1994), before moving to Monterey Peninsula Artists
(now The Paradigm Agency) from 1994-2010, where he was a senior agent in
the casino and fair department, and the responsible agent for
Montgomery Gentry. He handled casinos and fairs at Capitol International
Productions in 2010, and in February 2011, took a position with APA,
where he was the territory agent for 11 states in the Midwest, and
became the responsible account agent for Sawyer Brown. In 2016, he
joined the Fair Department at APA, working with Bonnie Sugarman and Jeff
Hill. He and his wife, Mary Ann, recently celebrated their 47th wedding
anniversary.  They have 2 adult children, Aimee & Blake, and have 2
grandchildren, Isaac and Lillian.

About NATD

The Nashville Association of Talent Directors (NATD)
was founded in 1958 and professionally represents, directs, and
promotes the entertainment industry through its members. Today those
members generate over $300 million dollars annually for Nashville-based
artists. The organization not only serves as a forum for idea exchange
among its members, it also serves as a vehicle for other facets of the
industry to share information vital to the overall growth of the
Nashville music and entertainment industry. NATD members foster
camaraderie among “friendly competitors” which seems to be unique to the
close-knit Nashville music and entertainment community. As part of its
philanthropic program NATD provides scholarship funds for students
showing exemplary performances in academics, civic duties, and personal
goals. For more information, please visit

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