Country Legend Jeannie Seely To Receive Prestigious Career Honor

“To be a recipient of this highest honor with my mentors is beyond my dreams,” the 83-year-old Grand Ole Opry member shares.


Lauren Jo Black

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January 30, 2024


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Jeannie Seely; Photo by Cyndi Hornsby

Country legend Jeannie Seely will soon be honored for a multitude of career accomplishments and noteworthy contributions to the music industry.

Jo Walker-Meador Lifetime Achievement Award

Early Tuesday (Jan. 30), it was announced that Seely will be honored with the Jo Walker-Meador Lifetime Achievement Award at the SOURCE Hall of Fame Awards later this year. With this honor, the “Don’t Touch Me” singer will join a distinguished set of Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, including Jo Walker-Meador (2004), Brenda Lee (2006), and Frances Preston (2010).

“The Source Awards have been very special to me since I first heard of them, and it has been a privilege to serve as a co-host all these years. I’ve always been interested in the business behind the music, and therefore have tremendous respect for the women in this organization. To be a recipient of this highest honor with my mentors is beyond my dreams!” Seely, 83, excitedly shared in a statement. 

Jeannie Seely; Photo by Cyndi Hornsby
Jeannie Seely; Photo by Cyndi Hornsby

“SOURCE is incredibly thankful for Jeannie’s dedication to and support of this organization through the years,” SOURCE President Kari Barnhart added. “Jeannie’s dedication to her music, work as a radio host, long-time membership of the Grand Ole Opry, and willingness to mentor and guide emerging female artists speaks to who she is. She deserves to be celebrated and honored with the Jo Walker-Meador Lifetime Achievement Award.”

When Will The Ceremony Take Place?

Presented by Springer Mountain Farms, the annual awards ceremony will take place on August 27, 2024, at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

In 2003, founder Kay Smith established the annual SOURCE Awards to recognize and show appreciation for the Women Behind The Music who have played pivotal roles in shaping and advancing Nashville’s entertainment industry.

The SOURCE Lifetime Achievement Award, initiated in 2004 and named in honor of Jo Walker-Meador with her permission, is reserved for individuals who, beyond meeting the criteria for a SOURCE Award, have not only contributed significantly to the Nashville entertainment scene but have also made noteworthy impacts beyond the city and on an international scale, drawing attention to the Nashville entertainment industry.

What is SOURCE?

SOURCE, established in 1991 by Shelia Shipley Biddy, Judy Harris, and Pat Rolfe, stands as the longest-running organization for women in Nashville’s music industry. Dedicated to fostering connections and opportunities, SOURCE provides its members with continuous education, networking, and community service initiatives.

As a nonprofit organization, SOURCE supports an exclusive community of accomplished women professionals involved in various aspects of Nashville’s entertainment industry. For additional information, please visit

Jeannie Seely; Photo by Chris Hollo Grand Ole Opry_
Jeannie Seely; Photo by Chris Hollo Grand Ole Opry_

About Jeannie Seely

Since 2006, Jeannie Seely has been serving as a co-host for the esteemed SOURCE Hall of Fame Awards. Over the span of her decades-long career, Seely has played a pivotal role in leading substantial initiatives aimed at bolstering and elevating the roles of women in the music industry.

Jeannie Seely is a lauded artist, producer, author, actress, and host. She recently received the CMA Joe Talbot Award as a result of her “unwavering commitment, outstanding leadership and the preservation and advancement contributions to Country Music’s values and tradition.” Additionally, Seely has a Music City Walk of Fame star and multiple BMI hit-songwriter awards.  

She is a longtime Grand Ole Opry member and currently holds the distinction of having more Opry performances than any other artist.

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.