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LOOK: Brad Paisley Named ‘Tennessean of the Year - Music’ by Governor Bill Lee

Country music icon Brad Paisley has once again proven why he's not just a superstar on stage, but also a shining beacon of philanthropy and community spirit offstage. The Tennessee Governor Bill Lee bestowed upon Paisley the prestigious title of ‘Tennessean of the Year - Music’ during the recent CEO Roundtable Series 2024, held at the Governor’s Residence. The exclusive event was a celebration of Tennessee's brightest minds in business and innovation, highlighting the remarkable achievements of the state's most influential leaders.



Brad Paisley & Tennessee Governor Bill Lee | Photo by John Snorten


Paisley's deep-rooted commitment to Tennessee has been evident through his extensive philanthropic efforts over the years. One notable endeavor includes his collaboration with Governor Lee on the 2021 nationwide campaign, “Tennessee on Me,” aimed at promoting tourism in the Volunteer State. This initiative not only showcased Paisley's love for his homeland but also his dedication to boosting its economy and cultural heritage.


In 2020, Paisley and his wife, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, joined forces with Belmont University to establish The Store, a nonprofit organization that operates as a free-referral based grocery store. The Store serves as a lifeline for low-income individuals and families in the Nashville area, offering them access to essential groceries with dignity and respect. Their philanthropic spirit didn't stop there; the Paisleys have also been honored by Belmont University for their endowed scholarship fund, symbolizing their unwavering support for education and empowerment.


Furthermore, Paisley has been a staunch advocate for various charitable causes, lending his voice and support to initiatives such as the ‘1 for All Campaign for the First Amendment’ in partnership with MTSU, Band Against Cancer with Sarah Cannon, and the Boys & Girls Club of Tennessee, among others. His involvement in events like Nashville’s annual ‘Dance Party to End Alzheimer’s’, the Nashville Film Festival, and St. Jude’s Country Cares underscores his commitment to using his platform for the greater good.


Notably, Paisley headlined Nashville's acclaimed ‘Let Freedom Sing’ concert in both 2021 and 2023, a testament to his enduring impact on the city's cultural landscape. His stellar performances not only entertained audiences but also served as a poignant reminder of the unifying power of music.


As the only artist invited back by the city of Nashville to perform at ‘Let Freedom Sing’, Paisley's contribution to the local community and music scene remains unparalleled. His unwavering dedication to uplifting others, combined with his exceptional talent, truly embodies the spirit of Tennessee and solidifies his rightful place as ‘Tennessean of the Year - Music.’


In honoring Brad Paisley, Governor Bill Lee has not only recognized a musical icon but also a compassionate leader whose legacy extends far beyond the stage. Paisley's tireless efforts to make a positive difference in the lives of others serve as an inspiration to us all, embodying the true essence of what it means to be a Tennessean.

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