The Women’s Songwriters Hall of Fame Celebrates Pioneering Women Songwriters Washington, D.C.

Jody Watley

Gloria Estefan

Iconic and Legendary Female Songwriters Receive Recognition for Contributions to Music at Second Annual Women Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards

USA, April 22, 2022 / — The first six winners announced to receive this prestigious award: Jody Watley, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, The Indigo Girls and Marilyn Bergman (posthumously), with more to add!

WSHOF, founded to honor women whose work represents the best of musical heritage from around the world and will honor ten exceptional and remarkable female songwriters on June 25, 2022.

The first six honorees announced include Jody Watley, Loretta Lynn, Gloria Estefan, Siedah Garrett, Indigo Girls and Marilyn Bergman (posthumously), all of whom bring an artistic arsenal, as well as hits spanning the past five decades of popular music, to their induction with more to add.

The stellar event will take place at the lavish Bellevue Center, 43350 John Mosby Hwy in Chantilly, Virginia and will celebrate some of music’s finest songwriters and composers in a magnificent time to mark their careers and their classics.

Music royalty and iconic singer Jody Watley will return to host and host the prestigious awards ceremony. She is also among the esteemed winners of this year’s event.

“I am thrilled to once again host this wonderful ceremony and also honored to be among the honorees along with my other distinguished female songwriter peers,” said Watley.

There will be a special performance by singer-songwriter Tayla Lynn, Loretta Lynn’s granddaughter with Tre Twitty.

The Female Songwriters Hall of Fame honors women whose work represents the legacy and legacy of the world’s musical songbook. It not only celebrates established female songwriters, but also serves as a resource for developing new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases, discoveries and scholarships.

Previous winners include: Roberta Flack, Valerie Simpson, Naomi Judd, Jekalyn Carr, Bunny Hull, The Go-Go’s, Klymaxx, Dr Veryl Howard, Dawnn Lewis and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Founder, CEO and President, Dr. Janice McLean DeLoatch of the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame, is a strong advocate for entrepreneurs and women in the entertainment industry. As an entrepreneur and songwriter herself, Janice realized that songwriter award policies prevented women from achieving parity and recognition with male songwriters. The impact is that many women in the music industry rarely achieve recognition or accolades. DeLoatch established the Women Songwriters Hall of Fame to honor women whose work represents the legacy and legacy of the global musical repertoire.

About the winners

Jody Watley is a famous singer-songwriter and businesswoman, music, video, fashion and style pioneer, GRAMMY winner. As a solo artist, the ageless pop and R&B singer has 6 Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten Singles, 13 Number 1 Dance Singles, 2 R&B Number 1’s, 15 Top 40 Singles, gold and platinum albums, 2007 Billboard Dance Lifetime Achievement, 2017 recipient of the Black Music Honors Crossover Music Icon Award and nominations for the American Music Awards, MTV Awards, NAACP Awards and Soul Train Awards. His blockbuster hits include “Looking For A New Love”, “Still A Thrill”, “Some Kind of Lover”, “Real Love”, “Friends”, “I Want You” and many more. The iconic singer of Pop/Soul/R&B cultural music is one of the architects of 21st century pop and continues to rack up the charts!

Loretta Lynn is a singer-songwriter whose career spans six decades in country music. Lynn has released several gold albums and is famous for hits such as “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, “Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” , “One’s on the Way”, “Fist City” and “Coal Miner’s Daughter” as well as the 1980 biographical film of the same name. Lynn has received numerous awards and other accolades for her groundbreaking role in country music, including awards from the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music as a duet partner and individual artist. She has been nominated 18 times for a GRAMMY Award and won 3 times. Lynn is the most awarded female country artist and the only female ACM artist of the decade (1970s). She scored 24 No. 1 hit singles and 11 number one albums.

Gloria Estefan is a composer, actress and businesswoman. She began her career as the lead singer of the group Miami Latin Boys, which later became known as the Miami Sound Machine. She achieved worldwide success with “Conga” in 1985, which became Estefan’s signature song and led Miami Sound Machine to win the grand prize at the 15th Tokyo Music Festival in 1986. In 1988, she and the band achieved their first number one hit. with the song “Anything for You”. She is considered the Latin artist who broke down the barriers of Latin music in the international market and opened the doors to several Latin artists such as Shakira, J.Lo, Ricky Martin, Selena, among others. Estefan has won three Grammy Awards and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Las Vegas Walk of Fame. In 2015, she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to American music and received the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2017 for her contribution to American cultural life. Estefan also won an MTV Video Music Award, was honored with the American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, and was named BMI Songwriter of the Year. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and received several Billboard Awards. She is also on VH1’s and Billboard’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time lists. She is listed in Billboard as the third most successful Latina and the 23rd greatest Latin artist of all time. Hailed as the “Queen of Latin Pop” by the media, she amassed 38 number one hits on the Billboard charts, including 15 chart-topping songs on the Hot Latin Songs chart. Rolling Stone Magazine ranked his hit song “Conga” as the 11th greatest Latin American song of all time.

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