Nashville Cats

Nashville, Tennessee, has been known as Music City, U.S.A. for years now; with its rich musical heritage and position at the epicenter of country and gospel music, it's a fitting moniker. The nickname first caught on after repeated use by radio announcer David Cobb in the 1950s, but interestingly enough, the phrase was first uttered by England's Queen Victoria way back in 1871 after a concert by Nashville's own Fisk Jubilee Singers. Formed in 1866 at Fisk University and later taken on the road to raise money for their struggling school, the internationally acclaimed singing group has since performed for a number of "kings, queens, prime ministers and presidents," earning numerous awards—including several Grammys—along the way, as well as an induction into the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame. And if you've seen Neil Young: Heart of Gold, you might recognize some of the Singers from their stirring appearance on the song "When God Made Me." Catch the current incarnation of the group 3 p.m. Saturday at the Christian Chapel Temple of Faith, 14120 Noel Road. Tickets are $40 to $100. Call 972-989-9410 or visit
Sat., Feb. 17, 3 p.m.
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