"Outstanding Social Impact Award" presented to Mike Blakely
Mike Blakely has shown great courage and compassion through his numerious books over his life time. He has also given from his heart through his music.
About Mike Blakely
“After two and a half years of recording with my producer and studio engineer, Larry Nye, I proudly announce the release of my latest album, Keepsake,” Blakely says. "The CD features ten songs about hope, healing, joy, redemption and love. Ranging from acoustic to electric and from full-band, up-tempo tunes to laid-back ballads, Keepsake taps into a variety of musical styles, yet we believe it holds together as a cohesive collection.”
Mike's song, Seguro Que Hell Yes (co-written with john Arthur martinez and Alex Harvey), has been released on Alan Jackson's 3-disc box set called Genuine - the Alan Jackson Story, available at Wal-Mart stores nationwide and online. The song is on disc 2, track 19. Award-winning novelist and singer/songwriter Mike Blakely has published 18 books, released by major New York City publishers. Mike's most recent release is titled A Song To Die For, released November, 2014. Among his last few releases were co-writes: One with Willie Nelson (A Tale Out of Luck), and the other with Kenny Rogers, titled "What Are the Chances" (released Sept. 2013).
As a performing songwriter, Mike has released 12 CDs, performed all over the U.S., and made 16 tours to Europe. His songs have been recorded by Alan Jackson, Gary P. Nunn, Red Steagall, Flaco Jimenez and Raul Malo, john Arthur martinez, Randy Brown, Geronimo Trevino III and Johnny Rodriguez, Johnny Bush, Pauline Reese, Debbi Walton and others. A native Texan, Mike served in the U.S. Air Force and later earned a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He released his first novel 1988 and his first CD in 1995. One of his co-written tunes landed on a Grammy Award-winning album by Flaco Jimenez in 1995. Another was played on the orbiting International Space Station in 2007.
Mike is a two-time winner of Western Writers of America’s Spur Award – once for best western novel of the year, and once for best western song of the year. Mike spent many years touring with his dancehall band, but now plays more shows as a solo artist, or in a duo or trio configuration at listening rooms, house concerts, festivals, and private parties. His career as a novelist leads to many non-traditional concerts at book stores, libraries, writers conferences, and book clubs.