Wednesday, April 5, 2017
– Alan Jackson, the late Jerry Reed and songwriter Don Schlitz will be joining the Country Music Hall of Fame, it was announced today.
Reed, who also had a career in acting, was named for the Veterans Category, Jackson in the Modern Era Artist Category, Alan Jackson; and Schiltz in the Songwriter Category.
Reed, Jackson, and Schlitz will increase membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame from 130 to 133 members.
"Each of this year's inductees are well versed performers and songwriters and have helped define Country Music and popular culture," said Sarah Trahern, CMA Chief Executive Officer.
"Thank you, CMA and Country Music Hall Of Fame, for recognizing all the years of love, dedication, and hard work that daddy put into his craft. He loved country music and would be so deeply humbled and appreciative if he was here. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts," said Reed's daughters, Seidina Hubbard and Lottie Zavala.
Jackson said, "For me to say I'm honored sounds like the standard old response, but for a man who loves country music there is no higher honor. This is the mountain top."
"I live in the parentheses; I'm just a small part of a wonderful process of making music. This is overwhelming and humbling," said Schlitz.
Schiltz, 64, penned such songs as Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler," Randy Travis' "Forever and Ever, Amen" and "Point of Light," Mary Chapin Carpenter's "He Thinks He'll Keep Her,""I Feel Lucky" and "I Take My Chances" and Garth Brooks' "Learning to Live Again."
The honorees will be celebrated at the annual Medallion Ceremony later this year.