The 2017 Summer National Association of Music Merchants Show Comes to Nashville’s Music City Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 2017 Summer NAMM Show is set to welcome a variety of music legends July 13-15 at Nashville’s Music City Center.

The annual summer gathering of the music product, pro audio and entertainment tech community brings together top brands, professional development sessions and an opportunity to network with peers.

This year’s show welcomes a variety of legendary performers, including a special performance from country music pioneer and multi-Grammy® award winner, Charley Pride 1 p.m. July 15 on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace as part of the show’s Music Industry Day.

Music Industry Day is open to the public and welcomes music professionals, students, academics and others involved in the creation and production of music to The Summer NAMM Show.

For the past 50 years, Pride has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers within the genre. Pride counts three Grammys among his accolades, and 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive No. 1 crossover hit that sold more than 1 million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972.

Other notable events during The Summer NAMM Show include the American Eagle Awards 6 p.m. Thursday, July 13 in the Grand Ballroom of Music City Center. Presented by the National Music Council with support from The NAMM Foundation, the evening event honors songstress Crystal Gayle, singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith, and comic, actor, writer, musician and creators' rights activist Harry Shearer. The prestigious awards are presented each year in recognition of long-term contributions to American musical culture and heritage, the importance of music education for all children, and the need to protect creators’ rights both locally and internationally. The awards show is open to all NAMM attendees, with a limited number of VIP tickets available for sale by visiting www.musiccouncil.org.

Additional emerging musical acts have their chance to breakout before the worldwide Summer NAMM audience. Each day of the show features a variety of performers on the NAMM Reverb Stage on the Terrace.

For a schedule of events and more information, visit www.namm.org.

About National Association of Music Merchants:

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information, visit www.namm.org or call 800-767- 6266.

About Charley Pride

Charley Pride is celebrating more than 50 years as a recording artist. He has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in the history of country music and is credited with helping to break color barriers by becoming the first black superstar within the genre. A true living legend, he has sold tens of millions of records worldwide with his large repertoire of hits. A three-time GRAMMY® award winner, Pride has garnered no less than 36 chart-topping country hits, including “Kiss An Angel Good Morning,” a massive No. 1 crossover hit that sold over a million singles and helped Pride land the Country Music Association’s “Entertainer of the Year” award in 1971 and the “Top Male Vocalist” awards of 1971 and 1972. A proud member of the Grand Ole Opry, Pride continues to perform concerts worldwide and has toured the United States, Canada, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand over the last several years. For more information, visit www.CharleyPride.com.

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