MBA Annual Opening General Session: Songs of America with Tim McGraw, Jon Meacham

Through strife and triumph, music is as integral to the American experience as the elected leaders and formal politics that shape it. Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham and Grammy Award-winning entertainer, author, and actor Tim McGraw team up to present a moving and insightful journey through history at MBA Annual.

Meacham will explore the stories behind the song and McGraw performs and reflects on the lyrics, performers, and instrumentals that have helped to carry us through the darkest and brightest days. The session begins at 8:00 AM with opening remarks on the state of the industry from MBA leaders. Sponsored by Freedom Mortgage Corporation.

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Featured Speakers:

Tim McGraw

Tim McGraw has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and dominated the charts with 44 worldwide No. 1 singles. He’s won three Grammy Awards, 16 Academy of Country Music Awards, 14 Country Music Association Awards. His career achievements include being named BDS Radio’s Most Played Artist of the Decade for ALL music genres and having the Most Played Song of the Decade for ALL music genres. He is the most played country artist since his debut in 1992, with two singles spending more than 10 weeks at No. 1. His career-long tour successes include the record-setting “Soul2Soul The World Tour 2017” with his wife, Faith Hill.

McGraw starred in and narrated the hit movie “The Shack” and co-wrote and performed the closing credit song for the Oscar nominated documentary “Free Solo.” His other movie credits include blockbuster hits “Friday Night Lights” and “The Blind Side.”

McGraw co-authored the New York Times Best Seller “Songs of America: Patriotism, Protest and the Music that Made a Nation” with Jon Meacham and enjoyed a critically acclaimed multi-city book tour featuring conversation and music from the book.

Jon Meacham

Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham is one of America’s most prominent public intellectuals. A contributor to TIME and The New York Times Book Review, Meacham is a highly sought-after commentator, regularly appearing on MSNBC, CNN, and other news outlets.

A skilled orator with a depth of knowledge about politics, religion, and current affairs, Meacham has the unique ability to bring history to life and offer historical context to current events and issues impacting our daily lives – whether we realize it or not – to audiences of all backgrounds and levels of understanding. A contributing editor at TIME, Meacham also writes “The Long View” column in The New York Times Book Review in which he “looks back at books that speak to our current historical and cultural moment.”

Meacham served as Newsweek’s managing editor from 1998 to 2006 and as editor from 2006 to 2010. He is a co-author of Impeachment: An American History, which reveals the complicated motives behind the three impeachments in U.S. history. A #1 New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power was hailed as “masterful and intimate” by Fortune magazine. Meacham’s other national bestsellers include Franklin and Winston, American Gospel, and American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009.