BOBBY BARE, “COWBOY” JACK CLEMENT, AND KENNY ROGERS AS NEWEST MEMBERS OF COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME


CMA ANNOUNCES BOBBY BARE, “COWBOY”
JACK CLEMENT, AND KENNY ROGERS AS NEWEST MEMBERS OF COUNTRY MUSIC HALL OF FAME

NASHVILLE – The
Country Music Association announced today that
Bobby Bare, “Cowboy” Jack
Clement,
and Kenny Rogers will become the newest members of the
revered Country Music Hall of Fame.

Rogers will be inducted in the “Modern
Era Artist” category, while Bare will be inducted in the “Veterans Era Artist”
category. Clement will be inducted in the “Non-Performer” category, which
is awarded every third year in a rotation with the “Recording and/or Touring
Musician Active Prior to 1980,” and “Songwriter” categories. Bare, Clement,
and Rogers will increase membership in the coveted Country Music Hall of Fame
from 118 to 121 members.

“The highest musical honor achievable for a Country
Music artist or industry leader is to be inducted into the Country Music Hall
of Fame, and these are all outstanding and highly deserving individuals,” said
Steve Moore, CMA Chief Executive Officer. “’Cowboy’ has been
responsible for producing many of the iconic songs in Country Music. Bobby pioneered
the Country concept album and was one of the first artists to take the format
to Europe. And Kenny’s crossover success throughout a lengthy career introduced
Country Music to a much wider audience.”

“This is big an honor and the
validation of a dream, totally unexpected,” said Bare. “Now I’ll be famous
forever. Thanks to all of my supporters and thank you CMA.”

“I’ve
been chosen for the Country Music Hall of Fame? I thought I was already in the
Hall of Fame,” said Clement. “I could have gotten in there any time I wanted.
Kyle [Young] gave me a key.”

“When I was young, my dad said, ‘Son,
you have to think big to accomplish small’ and the Country Music Hall of Fame
was as big as it gets,” said Rogers. “He wanted that for me. So
every record I’ve ever made, every concert I’ve performed, and every song
I’ve written was done for the single purpose of achieving that goal.

“I’m
sure you can imagine how special it is and how exciting it was when Steve Moore
called me with the news of my acceptance. It’s not the end of my journey,
but it is certainly the high point, no matter what else I accomplish. From the
bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the members who voted for me and all the
friends who encouraged and believed in me, and my dad, for his vision of success.”

Induction
ceremonies for Bare, Clement, and Rogers will take place at the Country Music
Hall of Fame and Museum in the new CMA Theater later this year. Since 2007, the
Museum’s Medallion Ceremony, an annual reunion of the Hall of Fame membership,
has served as the official rite of induction for new members.

“The
announcement of new Hall of Fame members is always a cause for celebration,”
said
Kyle Young, Director of the Country Music Hall
of Fame and Museum. “I find it remarkable that all three 2013 honorees were
born in the 1930s during the worldwide Great Depression and commercial Country
Music’s formative years. They were present for the birth of rock ‘n’ roll,
the ’60s folk revival, the ascent of hard Country, and the rise of sophisticated
pop Country with a global impact. Cowboy Jack, Bobby, and Kenny are unique personalities
whose contributions to the canon of American popular music are inerasable.”

CMA created
the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 to recognize noteworthy individuals for
their outstanding contributions to the format with Country Music’s highest honor.

For
full biographies and downloadable images of the inductees, visit our media-only
site at
CMApress.com. Please
direct all consumer web traffic to
CMAworld.com.

About
CMA:
Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association was the first
trade organization formed to promote a type of music. In 1961, CMA created the
Country Music Hall of Fame to recognize artists and industry professionals with
Country Music’s highest honor. More than 7,000 music industry professionals
and companies from around the globe are members of CMA. The organization’s objectives
are to serve as an educational and professional resource for the industry
and advance the growth of Country Music around the world. This is accomplished
through CMA’s core initiatives: the CMA Awards, which annually recognize outstanding
achievement in the industry; the CMA Music Festival, which benefits music education
and is taped for a three-hour special; and “CMA Country Christmas,” featuring
Country artists performing original music and Christmas classics for broadcast
during the holiday season. All of CMA’s television properties will air
on the ABC Television network through 2021.

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