WASHINGTON, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SoundExchange announced today that The SoundExchange Influencers Series is returning to Nashville's famous Bluebird Café on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Legendary gospel and R&B singer BeBe Winans will be joined by recent breakthrough gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds and young singer/songwriter Alexa Cruse.
BeBe Winans is one of the most successful gospel and R&B acts in the world. His celebrated family is considered by many as "gospel's first family" and helped make the genre more mainstream than ever before. With multiple GRAMMY Awards and numerous Gold and Platinum albums, BeBe has made an indelible imprint on music. In addition to being an award-winning singer, BeBe is a film and stage actor, record label owner, producer and author.
Joining BeBe on the stage is Jonathan McReynolds, one of the fastest-rising stars in gospel music after releasing his debut album Life Music in 2012, and Alexa Cruse, the daughter of GRAMMY and Dove Award-winning contemporary Christian artists Janice Archer Cruse of The Archers and John Cruse of The Cruse Family.
The SoundExchange Influencers Series brings together music legends and rising stars. The SoundExchange Influencers Series demonstrates the impact of legacy artists on today's music and provides a forum to address issues currently facing our music legends, namely, fair pay and recognition for all sound recordings across all mediums and all eras of music.
"I'm honored to be a part of The SoundExchange Influencers Series. Making music has always been rewarding but meeting and performing with the next generation of artists that I have personally influenced is a gift unto itself," said BeBe Winans.
"The Influencers Series is all about passing on what makes American music so great to the next generation of artists. For this installment, we have one of the greatest Gospel singers of all time, a young man who has already made his mark only a few years into his career, and a promising young woman who is only just getting started," said SoundExchange President and CEO Michael Huppe. "We are so excited about the conversation and exchange of ideas that will take place at this wonderful event."
SoundExchange is the independent non-profit collective management organization representing the entire recorded music industry. The organization collects statutory royalties on behalf of over 100,000 recording artists and master rights owners for the use of their content on satellite radio, Internet radio, cable TV music channels and other services that stream sound recordings. The Copyright Royalty Board, created by Congress, has entrusted SoundExchange as the sole entity in the United States to collect and distribute statutory digital performance royalties from more than 2,500 services. SoundExchange has paid out more than $2 billion in royalties since its inception. For more information, visit www.SoundExchange.com or www.facebook.com/soundexchange.
About Bluebird Café
The Bluebird Café is one of the world's preeminent listening rooms and the venue has gained worldwide recognition as a songwriter's performance space where the "heroes behind the hits" perform their own songs; songs that have been recorded by chart-topping artists in all genres of music. Located in a small strip mall outside of downtown Nashville, the 90-seat venue is unassuming in appearance but some of the most significant songwriters and artists have performed on this stage. The Bluebird's reputation as a listening room is based on the acoustic music that is their signature style. For more information, visit www.bluebirdcafe.com