51 YEAR GRAND OLE OPRY MEMBER, JEANNIE SEELY, PERFORMS AT FIFTH ANNUAL NASHVILLE SHINDIG
Additional performers included Tim Atwood, Charlie McCoy, Julie Roberts and Kathie Lee Gifford
L- R Charlie McCoy, Tim Atwood, Matt Baugher, Julie Roberts, Paul Allen Coons, Jeannie Seely, Kathie Lee Gifford and Sarah Martin Credit: Jeremy Westby
NASHVILLE, TN. - (December 18, 2018) – Country music royalty and a fifty-one year member of the Grand Ole Opry, Jeannie Seely, took the stage on Friday, December 14 at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena for the Fifth Annual Nashville Senior Christmas ShinnDig for a very special performance of “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Seely also joined Tim Atwood on his performance of “Something About that Name”. Performers in addition to Seely and Atwood included Kathie Lee Gifford, Charlie McCoy, Julie Roberts, Matt Bagher, Paul Allen Coon and Sarah Martin.
“This event has been one thing I have looked forward to every year,” said Jeannie Seely. “I have lost count how many years I have been coming to perform for the ShinnDig, but it is not enough! It is such a wonderful thing that Mr. Shinn does every year and I am honored to be included.”
The special event hosted by emcee Hope Hines, was established to honor Nashville senior citizens by George Shinn and the George Shinn Foundation as a promise to his mother to always remember our seniors. Approximately 800 seniors from the greater Nashville area were served at the free luncheon highlighted by holiday entertainment, special door prizes and a car given away to a community member in need.
About The George Shinn Foundation: The George Shinn Foundation is dedicated to helping people in need. It is committed to building God’s kingdom and reflecting its founder’s deep Christian faith by furthering the work of churches, ministries, missionaries, and non-profit organizations. One of The Foundation’s most important outreach efforts to date, The George Shinn Foundation Clinic in Haiti, was officially dedicated in May 2013. The Foundation has a long-standing partnership with organizations working to rebuild Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake and has contributed to projects there including serving a school, orphanage, and church complex to the poor in Port-au-Prince. Nearing completion but already serving patients, The George Shinn Foundation Clinic is a multi-story urgent care medical clinic. After his diagnosis and successful treatment of prostate cancer, George Shinn created The Shinn Foundation as a way to extend his resources to others. The George Shinn Foundation is dedicated to making a difference among the people it serves. By providing for basic needs, answering calls for help in times of crisis, and equipping ministers, The Foundation aims to offer the love of Christ and the hope of the Gospel to those who suffer.
About Jeannie Seely: Country music legend Jeannie Seely has achieved chart topping songs as a solo artist, as a duet partner, and as a songwriter. 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. Jeannie also became the first female to regularly host segments of the weekly Opry shows. Jeannie takes much pride in her involvement and support of musicians’ rights. In 2017, Jeannie celebrated her 50th anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. From her 1966 Top 10 Billboard album The Seely Style to her recent self–produced album Written In Song, consisting entirely of songs she’s written, Jeannie’s recordings have spanned six decades and provided enjoyment to country music fans all around the world. In 2018 Jeannie Seely was honored by receiving a star in the Music City Walk of Fame. 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.