Carole King: The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize In Performance at the White House
International superstar Gloria Estefan has sold over 100 million records, recorded more than two dozen albums throughout a long and prolific career, and has become an icon and role model for Latinos the world over. ~She has won seven GRAMMY Awards and is an accomplished songwriter, actress, children’s book author and philanthropist. ~Recently, Estefan sang with Tony Bennett as part of his compilation of duets with Latin-American musicians, Viva Duets. Estefan’s next album, a multilingual collection of covers titled The Standards, will be released September 2013.
A singer-songwriter and composer, Joel is one of the world’s most popular artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. He is a six-time GRAMMY Award winner, has received a GRAMMY Legend Award and a Tony Award, and been inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and The Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. An advocate for music education, Joel launched an educational initiative providing scholarships and endowments to a variety of institutions and has donated his time and resources to a variety of charitable causes outside the realm of his musical career.
An American singer, songwriter and actor, McCartney began his career performing in Broadway musicals. From 11 to 13-years old, McCartney acted on All My Children and recorded with the group Dream Street. In 2004, he began his platinum solo recording career with the album Beautiful Soul, and in 2008, he co-wrote the GRAMMY-nominated hit “Bleeding Love” for singer Leona Lewis. McCartney continues to act in television on the series Army Wives and will be touring and releasing a new single this summer.
A native of rural northern Scotland, Sandé has been playing the piano since age ten. The singer-songwriter’s work has been performed by artists including Rihanna, Leona Lewis, Tinie Tempah, Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole. Her debut album, Our Version Of Events, was the United Kingdom’s biggest-selling debut of 2012 and won Sandé the BRITs 2012 “Critics’ Choice” and 2013 “Best Female” and “Album of the Year” Awards. Her style features richly melodic, classically powerful, retro-futurist soul-pop songs, with influences of Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Lauryn Hill.
James Taylor’s music embodies the art of songwriting in its most personal and universal form. In a career spanning four decades, with close to 100 million albums sold and five Grammy Awards, his immediately recognizable warm baritone, introspective lyrics and unique guitar playing still blaze a path to which musicians throughout the world aspire. In 2011 Taylor was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama, and in 2012 he was awarded the distinguished Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.
One of the highest-selling female artists in Country music history, Yearwood has recorded twelve albums since her 1991 debut, the most recent being the GRAMMY Award-nominated Heaven, Heartache And the Power of Love. In addition to three GRAMMY Awards, the Grand Ole Opry member is a three-time Country Music Award winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Award winner and has been honored with an American Music Award and inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Yearwood is also a two-time New York Times Bestselling cookbook author and host of the EMMY ® Award-nominated “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” on the Food Network.