Legendary cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey to host 7th annual award show

PALESTINE, TX – Legendary cowboy singer, and author of “Wildfire,” one of the most popular songs in music history, Michael Martin Murphey will host the 7th annual Texas Music Awards on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at the Palestine Civic Center in Palestine. 

A native Texan, Murphey has enjoyed a stellar career, performing concerts worldwide and garnering fans from every generation. Performing since the sixties, Murphey’s music has stood the test of time with hits like “Wildfire,” one of the most requested songs of all time, “Cherokee Fiddle” which found its way to the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack, and a host of others including “What’s Forever For,” “Carolina In The Pines,” and “Long Line Of Love.”

Murphey hosted the 2006 Texas Music Awards, and returns as a member of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. which makes him eligible for the awards himself. Nominees for the awards will be named February 1st, and Murphey admits he’s hoping to get nominated.

Tommy Hooper, Vice President of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. is excited about Murphey’s return. “Murph did such a great job of hosting in 2006. It took us three years and a lot of work, but I’m so glad we have him back to host again.”

The awards show, presented this year by Northeast Texas-based MyTexasMusic.com, the retail partner of the show’s production company, Payline Productions, presents awards to independent Texas performers in several categories.

The annual event also serves as a fundraiser for the non-profit Academy of Texas Music, Inc. a public charity which seeks sponsorships and donations to further its efforts toward music education programs, scholarships, recognition projects, and benevolence programs for musicians in need.

The show will feature performances by several nominated acts and awards presented in fifteen categories. Michael Martin Murphey will perform a full concert after the show. Only ticket holders for the awards show will be treated to the free concert immediately following the awards show.

Jinelle Boyd, Executive Director of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. and co-founder of the Texas Music Awards explains how important this process is to the nominees.

”Many independent artists need something to bridge the gap between regional success and the national attention they deserve. The Texas Music Awards not only serve to give these artists a stepping stone to bigger and better things, but reward artists for excellence regardless of their current level of notoriety. We’re very pleased that superstar performers such as Michael Martin Murphey are realizing the importance of the Academy and the power of independent music.”

Gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and nominees will arrive via limousine to a red carpet affair starting at noon on April 26th. The show will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the concert will begin around 6:00 p.m. As with most major awards shows, the length of the process can be affected by factors during the show, so the concert start time is only an estimate.

The voting process includes a public voting component, and interested fans are encouraged to visit the Texas Music Awards website to learn more about the process which begins February 2nd and continues through February 20th. 

“The collective public vote is important,” says Boyd, “but the bulk of the voting is done by the Academy Voting Board which is comprised of those who have received the awards over the past six years. This year’s recipients will be added to the Voting Board. This is how we insure that the awards are more about the music and less of a simple popularity contest.”

Sponsorships are still available for the 2009 show and range from $100 to $50,000. Each level of sponsorship comes with a pre-determined number of tickets, so this is a sure way to get good seats. Public access to tickets is slated to begin on March 1st, and a quick sell out is expected. Members of the Academy of Texas Music, Inc. will have advance access to ticket sales. Fans can join as a voting member of the Academy at http://www.academyoftexasmusic.org for an annual fee of $40, which serves to further the charitable mission of the Academy.


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