Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas would be particularly wild and proud of this year's "Emissaries of Memphis Music."
Thomas' daughters, Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas, are among the honorees who will be saluted during the 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards on March 20th at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway.
Hosted by the Memphis Music Commission, the event begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides no cost access to Medical Care for Memphis Musicians.
Carla Thomas was the first woman to have a self-written Billboard Top 10 single with her 1961 hit "Gee Whiz." Her little sister, Vaneese Thomas, is an international performer, recording studio owner and chart topping singer with her 1987 R&B single "Let's Talk It Over."
This year's honorees also include:
This year's honorees include:
Trenyce - Top 5 finalist on season 2 of "American Idol," entrepreneur, Broadway and film star, appearing in the 30th anniversary revival of "Ain't Misbehavin'" and opposite Jim Carrey in the movie "Kick Ass 2."
The Norman Sisters – Memphis' most notable studio recording artists and background singers, Shontelle and Sharisse Norman have worked and toured with some of the most respected artists in Gospel, Soul, Blues, R&B, and Hip-hop, including Erykah Badu, Bobby Rush, Three Six Mafia, North Mississippi All Stars, Fred Hammond and Ludacris,
Lahna Deering - One half of the singing duo Deering and Down, board member for Grammy Memphis, and producer/host at Ditty TV.
Pam Hetsel Parham - Director of Operations at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum.
Barbara Jackson Sago – Minister of music at Faith Temple Ministries Church for more than 20 years, responsible for growing the ministry to include choirs, band, and dance, vice president of Church of God In Christ's International Music Department and owner of Memphis-based Jackson Studio of Music.
The 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards begin at 7 p.m. Ticketing link: http://memphismusic.org/Attachments/Emissaries_Tickets_02182014_171757.htm.