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Jeannie Seely Receives Proclamation As An Honorary Texan During The Texas Country Music Hall Of Fame Event

Aug 17 | Posted by: Third Coast Talent



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NASHVILLE, TN. - (July 17, 2021) – Grammy winning artist and Grand Ole Opry member, Jeannie Seely, was presented with a Proclamation from Texas Governor Gregg Abbott bestowing on her the honor of an Honorary Texan after her performance during the 23rd Annual Texas Country Music Hall of Fame event in Carthage, Texas on Saturday, August 14. The presentation was given by Texas Country Music Hall of Fame President - Tommie Ritter Smith for all of Jeannie Seely’s contributions to the Texas music community, including her beautiful display in the museum, her affiliation with Willie Nelson through her radio show on SiriusXM “Willie’s Roadhouse” and her performances over the years in Texas and with the Texas Hall of Fame band along with many other affiliations with the music industry in Texas.

The official proclamation reads: "To all whom these presents shall come. Greetings: Know ye that Jeannie Seely is hereby commissioned an Honorary Texan under the laws of the State of Texas, and emoluments appertaining to said office. In testimony whereof, I have signed my name, and caused the Seal of the State of Texas to be affixed at the City of Carthage, this, the 14th Day of August, 2021."

“Some of my biggest heroes have been Texans, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, Cindy Walker and Willie Nelson to name a few, and Texans have always seemed to be so positive, fun-loving and full of pride. Now I can share that pride,” expressed Jeannie Seely! “ This is truly an honor, thank you Gov. Abbott, Tommie Ritter Smith and all of Texas for accepting me. I appreciate you!”

“Jeannie Seely has been a great friend to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame since the beginning. She has graciously performed several times on our show and was the host for our event,” shared Texas Country Music Hall of Fame President - Tommie Ritter Smith. “To have this special lady be recognized as an honorary Texan by our governor is a very special honor.”

“Honorary Texan” recognition is bestowed by Texas governors and is a process known to have begun in the 1930s. According to some more modern-day discussions, the bestowing of such an honor can be given to natives of other states only and the recipient is entitled to the biggest thing that Texas owns, and that’s its enormous sense of belonging and identity. 
Stay in touch with Jeannie Seely on her podcast website and all of her social media platforms FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Jeannie Seely:
Jeannie Seely will celebrate 54 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry on Sept 16, 2021. Her current album, An American Classic, was released by Curb Records and produced by Don Cusic. The album includes collaborations with Bill Anderson, Rhonda Vincent, Steve Wariner, Lorrie Morgan, The Whites, Vince Gill and more. The project includes her duet with Willie Nelson, “Not A Dry Eye In The House”, was released as a single on her 80th birthday, July 6, 2020. She was honored by Lincoln Memorial University during its Fall Commencement exercises on December 14, 2019 in Tex Turner Arena where she received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. June 21, 2019 Ms. Jeannie Seely, was honored and recognized for her contributions to the entertainment industry by the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce Women in Business. Announced by country music icon and friend, Willie Nelson, The Standing Ovation Award was presented to Ms. Seely at the inaugural Influencing Women Awards Gala.

Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album “The Seely Style” to her most recent self–produced album, “Written In Song,” a CD project with 14 tracks all co-written or self-penned by Seely and recorded by Country Music Hall of Famers and Country music legends; Ernest Tubb, Dottie West, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Faron Young, Jack Greene, Little Jimmy Dickens, Chris LeDoux, Ray Price and more. Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. Many of the songs were recorded by Hall of Fame members. Jeannie earned a Grammy for her recording of “Don’t Touch Me” in 1967. Seely is a weekly on-air host on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse, where she shares personal memories and fun stories about the songs she spins. 2018 Seely was honored to receive recognition and a star on the famed Music City Walk of Fame and recognized for ranking #2 in Billboard’s Top TV Songs Chart for January 2018 for her song “Anyone Who Knows What Love Is (Will Understand),” written in 1964 and recorded by Irma Thomas. The song is the trailer theme song for new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, many acclaimed music artists recorded their own versions, including Seal and Boyz II Men and it has been featured in numerous episodes of the science fiction anthology Netflix television series Black Mirror. 

Early in her career, Jeannie’s deeply moving vocals earned her the nickname of “Miss Country Soul”– a title that’s still used today. Jeannie’s biggest dream came true when she was inducted as a member of the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, becoming the first Pennsylvania native to do so. A country music legend and trailblazer, her perseverance over many years earned Seely the honor of being the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry and is credited for changing the image of Opry by being the first to wear a mini-skirt on the Opry stage. Jeannie works tirelessly behind the scenes in the music industry on behalf of fellow artists and musicians. Known for her quick wit and humor, she documented some of her “sayings” in her book, Pieces Of A Puzzled Mind, which is a unique collection of witticisms. Jeannie Seely has also starred in several major stage productions.  In his 2003 book “Finding Her Voice: Women In Country Music,” music critic Robert K. Oermann wrote, “With her chin-out, tough/tender, heart-of-gold manner, Jeannie Seely remains one of country’s most completely modern female personalities,” and that statement still holds true. Keep up with all things Jeannie Seely at www.jeannieseely.com.

About Texas Country Music Hall of Fame:
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame was initiated in 1998 to celebrate the contributions of Texans to the country music profession. The project highlights those individuals, living or dead, who are recognized nationally as outstanding in their field. The impressive structure encompasses 13,000 square feet of space for exhibits, a gift shop and a large banquet room. The facility can accommodate groups of 300 for lecture-type seating or more than 200 for catered dinners. With soaring ceilings, state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and a commercial kitchen, the Hall of Fame provides unparalleled meeting space for local groups needing space for banquets and other activities. Read the "Legacy of Tex Ritter" in the County Line Magazine. Visit the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame at https://www.tcmhof.com/
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