"Outstanding Social Impact Award" presented to Billy Dawson
Billy Dawson has shown great courage and compassion through his children's book "You Never Know" that addresses and combats bullying. He has also given from his heart through his music, to encourage people to grow stronger in self acceptance of who they are, embracing their differences and living a much fuller, loving life.
About Billy Dawson
Billy Dawson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, entertainer, author and motivational speaker. Nashville Independent Music Awards just awarded him with Artist of the year, Best country male vocalist and best country live performer.
He was also the winner of the 2010 "Get Discovered" (iHeart Radio/Clear Channel) National Competition and was featured live on the iconic Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Las Vegas and on the airwaves for over four million viewers. He was included in iTunes/Tunecore best of Country 2010 album featuring Brantley Gilbert and Colt Ford.
Last year Billy penned the theme song “Born to Lead” for the CBS Sports Network Lombardi Awards and has his songs playing in stadiums nationwide for the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL.
He was recently asked to be a performer for the Dallas Cowboys vs. Philadelphia Eagles Thanksgiving game 2014 with other performances by Lee Ann Womack (national anthem) and Pitbull (halftime).
Dawson has shared the stage with artists including Lee Brice, Craig Wayne Boyd, Aaron Lewis, Craig Morgan, Lady Antebellum, Thompson Square, One Republic, John Hiatt, Skillet, Five For Fighting, Colt Ford, Charlie Louvin and Cross Canadian Ragweed.
Songwriting heavyweight Rivers Rutherford, who penned hits such as When I Get Where I'm Going (Brad Paisley and Dolly Parton), Real Good Man (Tim McGraw), These Are My People (Rodney Atkins) is a longtime supporter and mentor for Dawson. What Rutherford says about BD - "Billy Dawson is one of the great fresh new faces in Nashville. He sings, he writes, he shreds! He's also a heck of a guy. Do yourself a favor and check him out!"
The last 3 years, Dawson was invited to be part of the Pat and Emmitt Smith charities celebrity golf tournament as a celebrity along with other celebs Darius Rucker, Marcus Allen, Eric Dickerson, Alfonso Ribiero, Anthony Anderson, Michael Irvin, Jay Novacek, David Justice, Daryl Johnston, Trent Richardson amongst others. He was also invited to be a celebrity softball player in the Roger Clemens Celebrity Slam for charity at Minute Maid Park home of the Houston Astros where he and Toby Keith entertained.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Dawson is the author of (Amazon best seller) "You Never Know", the first book in a series of children's books focusing bullying, racism and other societal issues involving children (which is now available www.billydawsonmusic.com) He brings his book to life when he speaks at schools about the importance of respect and love in everyday life.
He recently put out a record produced by Grammy award winning writer and producer Skidd Mills.
The above was taken from Billy Dawson's website on August 23, 2016. To learn more about Billy's book and music, please visit his website at: http://www.billydawsonmusic.com/