Paisley gets White House invitation

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 at 2:52pm
Staff Reports


Reigning ACM and CMA Male Vocalist Brad Paisley said he is “beyond honored” to be asked to participate in the upcoming White House Music Series.

The series, hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, will celebrate the arts and the importance of arts education. The series was launched last month with a focus on jazz and will continue in the fall with classical music.

On the afternoon of Tuesday, July 21 Paisley and fellow Opry member, Bluegrass great and past duet partner Alison Krauss, will participate in an educational workshop with 120 middle and high school students from across the country. In the evening they will perform in the historic East Room in front of the President, — who will make opening remarks — the first lady, students, White House staff and members of Congress.

Tennessee will be represented by W.O. Smith Nashville Community Music School and the East Tennessee Children's Choir of Bristol.

The Country Music Celebration is presented with assistance from The Country Music Association, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and produced by the Grand Ole Opry and Great American Country Television.

A three-time Grammy winner, Paisley currently has the top country album in the nation with his new release, American Saturday Night.