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Randy Owen picked to receive honor

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 – Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama, was chosen to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in a ceremony to be held in New York City on May 10.

The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was established in 1986 to pay tribute to the immigrant experience and individual achievement, and are awarded to U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. The honorees are awarded for showing outstanding qualities in their personal and professional lives, while maintaining the richness of their particular heritage.

Past recipients include six U.S. Presidents, Nobel Prize winners, athletes, leaders of industry, artists and actors such as Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Gerald Ford and Bob Hope. Owen joins a select few music artists such as Glen Campbell, Natalie Cole, Wayne Newton, who have received the honor.

"This is one of the most memorable things to happen to my family and me," said Owen. "I am so proud to be able to represent a whole lot of my family. This just shows you as a kid growing up in poverty, with a lot of love and determination, you can do a lot in this great country."

Owen recently recorded his debut solo project, "One On One," which will hit stores later this year. He will hit the road on a nationwide tour beginning May 31.

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