Monday, May 9: Henry Hicks & Kenny Gamble
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC-
What began as a dream in 2002, turned into a study and is now a fully functioning enterprise that is destined to be a Music City cornerstone and national treasure. The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) already hosts incredible programming and is slated to open in early 2018.
Just this week, NMAAM announced that Darius Rucker, CeCe Winans, Keb’ Mo’ and India.Arie will serve as national chairs for the museum. Concurrently, Sen. Steve Dickerson announced that the Tennessee state legislature’s approval of the 2016-17 budget included a $2 million gift to NMAAM.
President/CEO Henry Hicks will bring us the latest news about the museum as well as a very special guest, Kenny Gamble. Gamble is half of the American songwriting and record production team with Leon Huff who have written and produced 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums. Some of their songs include “Love Train,” “If You Don’t Love Me By Now,” and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.” They were pioneers of Philadelphia soul and the in-house creative team for the Philadelphia International Records label. On March 10, 2008, the team was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the non-performer category.