Clay Walker receives humanitarian honor
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
– Clay Walker was named the Artist Humanitarian Award by the Country Radio Broadcasters Wednesday during the opening ceremonies of the 39th Annual Country Radio Seminar.
In 1999, Walker was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the leading cause of non-traumatic disability in young people in the world. He is currently in remission. In 2003, he formed the Band Against MS Foundation, a non-profit charity organization dedicated to funding research and providing education for others battling the disease. Band Against MS has made many donations to support MS research at The University of Texas Medical School in Houston, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis, and the Vanderbilt Medical Center. He has been named Ambassador by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the organization's highest honor. He has been a financial contributor to many nationally recognized charities including The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the Ronald McDonald House Charities, The Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, American Heart Association, the Tim McGraw Foundation, The Make A Wish Foundation and The American Cancer Society.
According to CRB Executive Director Ed Salamon, "The CRB Board is continuously impressed by the generosity of country music artists as a whole. Clay Walker is a positive example for the industry and a well deserving recipient of this award."
The CRB instituted the Artist Humanitarian Award in 1990. Past honorees include Brad Paisley, Brooks and Dunn, Garth Brooks and Kenny Rogers.
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Walker turns in an excellent reading of "Before the Next Teardrop Falls," which boasts the late singer Freddy Fender lending backing vocals. »»»
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Clay Walker isn't in the kind of questioning mood this album's title implies; instead, "A Few Questions" offers simple and straight-forward answers to life's bigger questions. But since Walker is not what you might consider a deep thinker, his latest release adds up to a simplistic and unfulfilling offering. A good example of this recording's shallowness is the clich+-ridden "Everybody Needs Love," which endlessly repeats stereotypes about Nashvillians and Texans, without ever telling us anything »»»
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