Jack White named Nashville City Ambassador
Jack White has been honoured by becoming the first recipient of the City Ambassador Award for bringing recognition to his hometown of Nashville through his music career.
Jack White has been named a City Ambassador for Nashville.
The former White Stripes frontman – who grew up in Detroit, but moved to Nashville at the end of 2005 – became the first ever recipient of an annual award for helping promote the Tennessee capital as a musical destination internationally through his work as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and founder of record label Third Man Records.
The city’s mayor, Karl Dean – who presented the ‘Seven Nation Army’ rocker with the award – said: “Today’s award recognises an individual who carries Nashville’s diverse musical message worldwide. Jack White’s individual talent and unique creative spirit bridges gaps between genres and generations and I couldn’t be more pleased to thank him for his work on behalf of the music industry and its hometown.”
Musician – who is still a member of The Dead Weather and The Raconteurs – returned the compliment, saying he was glad to live in a town which celebrated and encouraged its musicians.
He said: “Every day we’re excited to be in a city that truly fosters local music and businesses and new ideas. I don’t know another town whose mayor is on the board of its music council.”
Nashville has a well established musical heritage, and is most frequently associated with the gospel and country music scene, housing the Country Music Hall of Fame and having been home to a number of famous music stars including Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus, Dolly Parton and Tina Turner.