NAPA, Calif., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is proud to announce multi-platinum, Grammy® Award winning singer, author and actress LeAnn Rimes as the headlining performer for their Songwriters Music Series Napa presented by William Hill Estate Wines and RAYMOND WEIL. The event will take place on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30 – 10:00 PM at the storied William Hill Estate in Napa, California and follows the April 2012 kick-off with Award-winning soul singer-songwriter Robin Thicke this past April in Chicago, IL. Napa marks the second stop in the series, which is also set to return to New York City this October on Halloween night.
The renowned Songwriters Music Series, which originally featured performances by Rob Thomas, Jewel, The Neptunes (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo), Darius Rucker, BeBe Winans, Cyndi Lauper and more, re-launched in 2011. The newly designed Series offers a unique platform for energized and socially conscious professionals to network amidst great music, a sponsored bar and passed hors d'oeuvres. Each event features an up close and personal acoustic performance with chart-topping artists and up-and-coming musicians. Past performers for the revitalized Songwriters Music Series include: Glee star Matthew Morrison, ACM Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry, Grammy® Award winning musician Colbie Caillat and Billboard Magazine's "2011 Artist To Watch" Andy Grammer. Since the 2011 launch, the Songwriters Music Series has raised over $388,000, which continues to help restore 12 music education programs nationwide.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation's Songwriters Music Series," said LeAnn Rimes. "Music is such an important part of my life and I'm happy to help spread awareness about the incredible work VH1 Save The Music is doing to keep music education programs in our schools. I look forward to a great show!"
LeAnn Rimes has sold more than 40 million albums, won two Grammy Awards, three Academy of Country Music Awards and 12 Billboard Music Awards. This year, she'll be releasing her highly anticipated studio album, "Spitfire." "Spitfire" was completely self-written by Rimes and touches upon personal aspects of her life. Rimes is the youngest recipient of a Grammy Award, and was also the first country recording artist to win in the "Best New Artist" category. Rimes has placed 42 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, 13 of which are top-10 hits, and has scored numerous hit singles in her career, including "Can't Fight the Moonlight" which went #1 in 11 countries, and "How Do I Live," which is the second longest charting song ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Rimes is also an accomplished actress and author, including writing two children's books Jag and Jag's New Friend, as well as the novel, Holiday in Your Heart and the inspirational book What I Cannot Change.
"We are thrilled to have such an incredible talent in LeAnn Rimes perform at Songwriters Music Series Napa," said Paul Cothran, Vice President & Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. "This has been a great platform for us to spread awareness about the importance of music education and raise funds to help restore programs nationwide. With LeAnn Rimes' help, we hope to surpass the funds raised in 2011 and we are certainly in for a great evening!"
This year, the Foundation is also presenting an exclusive social media initiative, "Songwriters Moments In Time with RAYMOND WEIL," which will give audiences everywhere a behind the scenes look at each Songwriters event, with special talent interviews and more. Additional local sponsors include: Crash & Burn Apparel, New Amsterdam Gin and Vodka, Camarena Tequila as well as Imagine Chocolate.
Tickets for the Songwriters Series Napa are sold out, but supporters can get involved by purchasing a limited edition Songwriters T-shirt for $40 designed by Crash & Burn Apparel, to benefit VH1 Save The Music Foundation. The T-shirts are available for purchase at www.shopcrashandburn.com/songwriters.
On September 13th, the 2012 Songwriters Music Series auction continues at www.charitybuzz.com/auctions/Songwriters, featuring exclusive one of a kind experiences.
For more information or to see how you can get involved, please visit www.vh1savethemusic.org/sponsors or join the VH1 Save The Music community on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vh1savethemusic and on Twitter at @vh1savethemusic.
About The VH1 Save The Music Foundation
The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education programs in America's public schools, and raising awareness about the importance of music as part of each child's complete education. To date, VH1 Save The Music has provided more than $48 million in new musical instruments to 1,800 public schools in more than 100 cities around the country, impacting the lives of over 1.8 million children. Thanks to the generous support of the VH1 Save The Music Ambassadors, including Katy Perry, Daughtry, Lupe Fiasco, Jordin Sparks, Matthew Morrison, Vanessa Carlton, AJ McLean and Gavin Rossdale, the Foundation is able to generate awareness about the importance of music in a child's education. Get involved and learn more at www.vh1savethemusic.org.
About William Hill Estate® Wines
Tucked away near the Silverado Trail, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay from Napa Valley's renowned vineyards, and red Bordeaux varietals from the winery's estate property on the Silverado Bench. Winemaker Ralf Holdenried makes William Hill's extraordinary collection of elegant, expressive wines to showcase the other side of Napa—the side that is off the beaten path. An avid supporter of the arts, William Hill Estate is a proud sponsor of The VH1 Save the Music Foundation, the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet, and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Learn more at www.williamhillestate.com.
About RAYMOND WEIL
Founded in Geneva in 1976, the Swiss family-owned company, RAYMOND WEIL, enjoys a special position in the exclusive world of luxury watch making. A collection of refined timepieces that embody an elegant and contemporary blend of elements that inspires emotions with both customers and partners. Precision is the inspiration for the continued horological mastery that is RAYMOND WEIL.
RAYMOND WEIL, both nationally and internationally, has created a strong presence in the arts, with music at the heart; evident through with the naming of their collections and with various sponsorships, including the BRIT Awards, VH1 Save The Music Foundation and Elle Women In Music. RAYMOND WEIL prides itself in aestheticism, bringing together the core elements in the excellence of Swiss luxury craftsmanship: precision, quality, reliability, nobility and technicality. For more information visit www.raymond-weil.com
About Crash & Burn Apparel
Inspired by American Rock-and-roll and the lifestyle that comes with it, the foundation of Crash & Burn Apparel was built on a devotion for music. Music and art is the essence of the brand. Interpreting the Rock-and-roll lifestyle into creative designs, Crash & Burn has distinguished themselves with their novelty washes, intricate artwork, high quality fabrics, and made in the USA apparel. Being the official designers of the 2012 Songwriters Music Series T-shirt, Crash & Burn is honored to be an advocate of music education programs. To further solidify the company's dedication to the arts, Crash & Burn is a proud sponsor of the Songwriters Series Napa to benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Learn more at www.crashandburnapparel.com.
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