Vince Gill

2012 Inductees, Tennessean of the Year
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One  of  the most popular singers in modern country music, Vince Gill has a love  for  country  music,  top-notch  songwriting,  and world-class guitar playing,  all  wrapped  in  a  warm  tenor  and  a quick and easy wit. Gill achieved his big breakthrough with “When I Call Your Name,” which won the Country  Music  Association’s Single of the Year award.  Since then, he has won  17 more CMA honors, including Song of the Year four times – making him the  most-awarded artist in that category in CMA history.  Since 1990, Gill has received 20 GRAMMY Awards and has sold more than 26 million albums.  Gill was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2007. He is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry. In August 2012, Gill was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  He is a member of the Grammy-nominated band The Time Jumpers; Rounder Records released the band’s first studio album on September 11, 2012.Gill’s love for music is only matched by his love for sports.  For the past 20 years, The Vinny Pro-Celebrity Invitational, under Gill’s leadership, has raised in excess of 5½ million dollars which has benefited a variety of golf programs throughout Tennessee. These programs are directed primarily to its youth in order to further the interest and growth of the game as well as to teach valuable life skills through golf and to otherwise increase their educational and employment opportunities. The money generated by The Vinny has been to the betterment of the game of golf and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of Tennesseans.




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