As part of Women’s History Month, eight women will be honored for their musical achievements and contributions at the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission’s fourth annual Emissaries of Memphis Music Celebration.
The celebration will take place Thursday, March 29th at 7 p.m. at the University of Memphis Holiday Inn.
The 2012 Emissaries of Memphis Music include chart-topping artists Ann Peeples, Anita Ward, and Wendy Moten. American Idol finalist Alexis Grace, Christian/pop vocalist and worship leader Bethany Paige, radio personality Bev Johnson, Levitt Shell executive director Anne Pitts, and owner of The Stage Stop nightclub, Nita Makris, will all also be honored.
Johnnie Walker, executive director of the Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission, said she hopes attendees are inspired by the work that the honorees have provided throughout the years.
“I hope they’re encouraged to continue to support more women in their quest for successful careers in music,” Walker said. “I hope it encourages young women who are looking to be as successful as these women are…that they see they can achieve that same success. I hope a lot of inspiration and encouragement and motivation comes from this event.”
Proceeds from the event will go to the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan. The plan allows musicians to receive healthcare at no cost, as long as they meet the criteria of the Church Health Center. The Memphis & Shelby County Music Commission sponsors the plan.
There will be a musical tribute provided at the celebration by veteran performer Vicki Loveland. King Ellis and The Soul Village will also be in attendance, providing live musical entertainment throughout the night in tribute of all of the honorees.
With the celebration, Walker said people could expect "a night of music, food, and fun.” There will also be a cash bar available for donations.
Chaka Khan’s 1978 hit, “I’m Every Woman,” will be the theme song for the night.
Individual seats for the event are $50. Reserved tables are available.