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Published on July 29th, 2020 | by TLV News

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Hosts Words & Music Online

Special Public Program Series Features Hit Songwriters Sharing Their Songs and Stories

CLEVELAND, MISS. GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi has announced the continuation of its songwriter series titled Words & Music.

Quarterly programs will be hosted in the Sanders Soundstage and will feature conversations with successful songwriters as they share their songs and stories of their career trajectory in the music industry.

The inaugural event in the series was held earlier this year in February and featured an intimate conversation and performance with influential GRAMMY®-winning duo Bill and Gloria Gaither. The spring songwriter event was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be rescheduled in 2021. The next program in the series will take place via an online performance from the Sanders Soundstage on Monday, August 17 at 7 pm with award-winning Mississippi songwriter Bob Morrison

A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Bob Morrison has had more than 350 of his songs recorded. Among those successful compositions is the GRAMMY-winning song, “You Decorated My Life,” recorded by Kenny Rogers and the GRAMMY-nominated song “Lookin’ For Love,” which was recorded by Johnny Lee and served as the theme song for the 1980 John Travolta film, Urban Cowboy.

Morrison received ASCAP’s Country Songwriter of the Year award in 1978, 1980, 1981, and 1982. He was also awarded the Songwriter of the Year Award in 1980 by the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International, and he’s earned more than 40 ASCAP songwriting citations. Additionally, Morrison was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2016.

His songs have been recorded by artists such as The Carpenters, Sammy Davis Jr., Jerry Lee Lewis, Barbara Mandrell, Reba McEntire, The Oak Ridge Boys, and Dottie West. Aside from songwriting, he has a college degree in nuclear engineering and was an actor and recording artist prior to launching his songwriting career full-time. 

Tickets for the online program are $15 each and may be purchased at live.grammymuseumms.org. Merchandise items and a VIP package will also be available for purchase. 

“Many of the greatest moments in music history have all started with a song,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “We are thrilled to continue our Words and Music series and invite some of the most impactful songwriters into our museum to share their stories and songs with our members and visitors.” 

For up-to-date information on upcoming GRAMMY Museum Mississippi programs, subscribe to the Museum’s newsletter at grammymuseumms.org/newsletter

For more information, visit grammymuseumms.org, “like” GRAMMY Museum Mississippi on Facebook, and follow @grammymuseumms on Twitter and Instagram

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