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Tony Brown to receive honor

Monday, February 23, 2009 – Tony Brown, record executive and producer, will be the 2009 Cecil Scaife Visionary Award recipient honoring his contribution to the music industry on March 2 in Nashville.

LaRawn Scaife Rhea founded the award honoring her gather to honor one individual each year who, through their life and work, has made it possible for future generations to realize careers in the music industry.

The event will benefit The Cecil Scaife Music Business Scholarship Endowment. During the evening, there will be a silent auction that will include a signed guitar from Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame member James Burton, who will be in attendance; an autographed hat from George Strait and an autographed fiddle from Charlie Daniels; a guitar signed by Vince Gill and Amy Grant, among many other items.

Scaife is highly respected for his love of the music industry and education. It was his vision to see the formation of an educational program to produce successful musicians, artists and music business executives by giving students an opportunity to formally learn about the industry. Scaife conceived the idea of creating a music business program at Belmont University, which became known as the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business at Belmont University.

Scaife, a native of Helena, Ark., started his career in the music business working at KFFA radio in Helena. He went on to work for producer Sam Phillips, and was the first Promotion Manager at Sun Records during the early days of Elvis Presley's career. Over the years, he worked with artists such as Charlie Rich, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. Scaife currently lives Nashville.

Starting his career in Nashville as a piano player, most notably for Presley, Brown was the driving creative force for more than two decades behind MCA Nashville. He signed and/or produced Reba McEntire, George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Trisha Yearwood, Wynonna Judd and Gill. He also signedSteve Earle, Lyle Lovett, Rodney Crowell, Kelly Willis, The Mavericks, Allison Moorer, Shooter Jennings, Cross Canadian Ragweed and Todd Snider.

In 2007, Brown opened Tony Brown Enterprises. He recently produced Strait's "Troubadour" and McEntire's "Reba Duets."

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