Jimmy Carter, Justin Timberlake Honor Trisha Yearwood
Trisha Yearwood was in some pretty impressive company when she was honored in Nashville on Monday night (Nov. 2).
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and pop superstar Justin Timberlake were on hand with ASCAP President Paul Williams at the Omni Hotel in downtown Music City to celebrate Yearwood with the Voice of Music Award at the 53rd annual ASCAP Awards.
Timberlake introduced three tribute performances from Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum and Yearwood's step-daughter, Allie Brooks, saying, “Since her debut in the early '90s, Trisha Yearwood has given young women a voice through song with powerful lyrics about love, loss and being true to oneself." (Quote via The Tennessean.)
McEntire performed "The Song Remembers When," Brooks sang "She's in Love With the Boy" and Lady A turned in a rendition of "Walkaway Joe."
"Trisha’s got a really sweet, sultry spot in her voice, and that’s something we talk about when we’re in the studio with [Lady A singer] Hillary [Scott],” Dave Haywood said. "'Find that spot that Trisha has that lays right in there.’ If you can capture that, it’s great.”
Carter told the crowd that he has known Yearwood for a decade, noting that they had built a Habitat for Humanity home together in Memphis just earlier that day.
Yearwood attributed her success to the people who wrote her hits.
"I’m a singer so I’ve always had a great love and respect for songwriters,” she said. “I hope you know the highest compliment you can pay me is for a songwriter to tell me they like what I did with their song. … I’m humbled and honored.”
Yearwood released her most recent album, PrizeFighter: Hit After Hit in 2014. She has been on the road for the past year with her husband, Garth Brooks, on his comeback world tour. The couple also recently received stars on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville.
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