J.D. Souther Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

JD SoutherFriend and supporter of Ladies Rise Up and Rock J.D. Souther was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 13. Souther was the writer of the Eagles' hits Heartache Tonight, Victim of Love, and New Kid In Town. "Songwriting is like trying to start a car on ice," he said.

It was a star-studded event, with some of the industry's biggest music makers, movers and shakers in participation as well as in the audience. Aerosmith, Berry Gordy, Foreigner, Sting, and Patty Smyth performed to a full house at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in midtown Manhattan.

On the heels of the inaugural Ladies Rise Up and Rock concert, the award-winning singer-songwriter endorsed the important mission of Ladies Rise Up and Rock to support music education. "Without arts enrichment...the graduation rate and progression to higher education falls precipitously," Souther stated. "Schools need music because children love music. It makes them happy. It makes them better."

It was a conversation between Souther and Ladies Rise Up and Rock founder Carl J. Mancuso that sparked this seminal concert series. Souther voiced his growing concerns regarding music education funding cuts in public schools, and this led to a Facebook discussion with Mancuso about how to promote music ed while building a concert bringing female-fronted talent to the forefront of the music industry.

We congratulate Mr Souther on this well-deserved recognition.

Read more about the ceremony on USA Today at: www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2013/06/14/songwriters-hall-of-fame-steven-tyler-elton-john-berry-gordy/

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