The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Foundation have announced Tony Arata, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Larry Henley and Kim Williams as its 2012 inductees. Tony Arata and Kim Williams will be inducted in the Songwriter category, Mary Chapin Carpenter in the Songwriter/Artist category and Larry Henley in the Veteran Songwriter category.
The induction ceremony will take place at the 42nd Anniversary Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony, presented by AT&T, on Sunday, October 7, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. The evening will feature tributes and performances of the inductees’ songs by special guest artists.
“Among all the great songwriters who have put the music in Music City, only a select few are elected to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,” John Van Mol, chairman of the foundation’s board of directors, said. “We are delighted to accord this honor to Tony, Kim and Mary Chapin, and pleased as well to recognize Larry as the first inductee in the Veteran Songwriter category.”
Tony Arata’s songwriter credits include “The Dance” (Garth Brooks) and “Here I Am” (Patty Loveless). Kim Williams is known for hits like “Three Wooden Crosses” (Randy Travis) and “Ain’t Goin’ Down Till The Sun Comes Up” (Garth Brooks). Larry Henley penned “The Wind Beneath My Wings” (Gary Morris, Bette Midler) and “’Til I Get It Right” (Tammy Wynette). Mary Chapin Carpenter wrote and performed several of her top hits including “Down At The Twist And Shout” and “I Feel Lucky.”