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Oct 11

Stevie Wonder with Eddie Levert, BeBe Winans, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi & Sharon Jones

Featured  Cannon Center for the Performing Arts •  Sat, Oct 11, 2014 @ 12:00 am
Stevie Wonder with Eddie Levert, BeBe Winans, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi & Sharon Jones

The Consortium MMT will host its annual fundraiser on October 11, 2014 at the Cannon Center in Downtown Memphis at 8pm. This year’s honoree is none other than Stevie Wonder! 

In addition to a performance by Wonder, musical artists Eddue Levert, BeBe Winans, Chaka Khan, India.Arie, Jordin Sparks, Ledisi and Sharon Jones will pay tribute to Stevie Wonder by performing songs from his extensive repertoire of classics.

This important fundraiser will enable the programs of The Consortium MMT to continue to be of quality, impact and lasting for decades and decades as a contributor to the great genre of Soul Music.


The Consortium MMT believes that there is no better way to begin our annual fundraising efforts than to have Stevie Wonder as the first recipient of our Epitome of Soul award. When we think of a person who sets the gold standard in Soul Music, we think of Stevie Wonder.

Wonder was born a child prodigy, and throughout his career has won 25 Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1996).  In 1989, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. More recently, in 2009, he was recognized with the Second Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.*  He has had more than ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts, 20+ R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million worldwide.

The Consortium MMT will annually recognize and present the Epitome of Soul award to a national figure who has qualities that separate them from the norm in ways of their artistry which gives them longevity, global reach, major influence on young and aspiring upcoming talents as well as showing a sense of sensitivity and concern for all mankind around the world.

The Consortium MMT (Memphis Music Town), a 501(c)(3) organization with goals of elevating the creative qualities of songwriters, record producers and recording artists through the input given in a structured format of those principles by the world renowned and respected stars in each of those areas. The Consortium MMT has a focused approach of connecting successful star talents, with their concepts, with those young persons; aspiring recording artists, songwriters and producers who are passionate in working to find their way into the music industry by the route of soul music. This program’s main intent is to be sure that the consistency of the legendary quality that established the credibility for this genre of music is preserved by the sharing of insights by established successful stars giving back to this community hot bed of Soul Music in Memphis, Tennessee.

The founder of The Consortium MMT is David Porter, half of the songwriting and producing team of the Stax Records era of Isaac Hayes and David Porter. This duo was inducted into the National Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 in New York City.  Porter’s desire is grounded in his steps to give back to a genre that shaped the success of Hayes and Porter through Soul Music.

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