Miranda Lambert has been announced as the Nashville Symphony’s 2015 Harmony Award recipient.
The award, which is given to an individual who best exemplifies the harmonious spirit of Nashville’s musical community, has honored country singers, including Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Trisha Yearwood, Tim McGraw and many more, in the past. Lambert’s selection was announced via press release on Thursday (Sept. 3) and publicly during the Symphony Ball kickoff party on the same day.
“Miranda Lambert’s numerous contributions to the Nashville community, including her recent establishment of a scholarship program for women at Belmont University, illustrate her commitment to Music City and demonstrate exactly why she is such a worthy addition to the list of previous Harmony Award winners,” state Symphony Ball fundraiser co-chairs Laura Niewold and Sarah Reisner. “An immense talent who is also passionate about making Nashville a better place, Miranda embodies everything that this award represents, and we are forever grateful to her for how much she has given back to this city we all love so much.”
Lambert will receive the 2015 Harmony Award at the the 31st annual Symphony Ball, set to be held on Dec. 12 at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. There, she will also perform with the Grammy Award-winning Nashville Symphony.
“I have always felt that music is universal no matter what genre, and being recognized by the Nashville Symphony as a Harmony Award recipient is an honor,” Lambert says. “And the icing on the cake is, I get to perform a few of my songs with the symphony orchestra, which is such a rare and out-of-this-world musical opportunity. I look forward to an amazing night and a heartfelt thank you.”
A premiere Nashville winter social event, the Symphony Ball is one of the organization’s two annual fundraisers. Since its inception in 1985, the ball has raised $7 million for the symphony; the monies help fund the organization’s mission of “achieving excellence in musical performance and educational programs, while engaging the community, enriching audiences and shaping cultural life.”
Lambert has a busy fall schedule ahead of her: Her all-female Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars Tour is set to kick off on Sept. 24 in Missoula, Mont. “God Made Girls” hitmaker RaeLynn and talented singer-songwriter Ashley Monroe (also Lambert’s 2015 Certified Platinum Tour tourmates) will join Lambert on the trek, along with Courtney Cole and Clare Dunn.