The country music world is mourning the loss of a legendary pioneer today. After suffering from a stroke, Jo Walker-Meador has passed away.
Jo was 93 years old at the time of her passing. She is credited with launching the Country Music Hall of Fame and the CMA as we know it today.
“Jo was a champion for Country Music around the world and a groundbreaker for women in the entertainment business,” said CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. “On a personal note, I will miss her guidance, humor, and friendship. She was the first meeting I setup before I took this job. She taught me lessons in how to gracefully navigate the Board. She was always diplomatic in her storytelling and she had some great ones to share. Over the last six months, she was a little more candid and I always looked forward to our time together. She will be greatly missed by all. My heart is broken.”
When Jo came into the country music world, she admittedly knew nothing about the industry or the music. However, she quickly learned and transformed the genre forever.
“Under her leadership, CMA played a critical role in expanding worldwide awareness of Country Music. The Country Music Hall of Fame (created in 1961), the CMA Awards (created in 1967 and televised nationally since 1968), the CMA Music Festival (launched as Fan Fair in 1972) and many other initiatives were conceived and launched on her watch,” according to reports.
The country music faithful adored her for the many successes she achieved while running the show. People around the world respected her for the amazing legacy that she leaves behind.
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