On Sept. 6 Songmasters released Listen To Me: Buddy Holly, a collection featuring contemporary versions of songs originally written and performed by Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Buddy Holly. The album was released in conjunction with Holly's 75th birthday and the addition of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. That same day, Songmasters held a star-studded concert featuring performances by Cobra Starship's Victoria Asher and Gabe Saporta, Chris Isaak, Lyle Lovett, Stevie Nicks, and Patrick Stump, and celebrity guests included Michelle Brach, Shawn Colvin and Graham Nash, among others. Video tributes were played during the show with artists paying homage to Holly including Jackson Browne, Imelda May, Natalie Merchant, Train's Pat Monahan, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, and Brian Wilson, among others. GRAMMY Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman was acknowledged during the event in recognition of his exceptional work with the GRAMMY Foundation in supporting the development of emerging recording artists and innovators.
The concert is set to premiere on Dec. 3 on PBS, and a live DVD of the performance will be available for purchase through PBS beginning Dec. 3.
The Listen To Me: Buddy Holly album and concert DVD generate support for the GRAMMY Foundation and its GRAMMY Camp program, as well as the Songwriters Hall of Fame scholarship programs and Artists' House Music for programs that support the development of the next generation of music makers.