Special event held earlier today to ‘mark the moment’
Created to honor Harold Bradley, a legendary session artist who has played on thousands of songs and is known to be the most widely recorded guitarist in history, Belmont University announced the creation of the Harold Bradley Endowed Scholarship at an event held on campus earlier this afternoon. Harold and his brother Owen were key architects of the Nashville sound and style of recording, helping to build a recording industry and lay the foundation for Music City.
The scholarship, funded by two anonymous donors, will be awarded to freshman guitar students in Belmont’s College of Visual and Performing Arts through their graduation.
Senior Director of Development and External Relations Debbie Sprang said, “We are so grateful to these donors for their generosity, and we look forward to honoring Mr. Bradley’s extensive legacy through this scholarship.”
The announcement was held at Belmont’s Gallery of Iconic Guitars (GIG) and included a guitar performance by three Belmont students. Attendees included Bradley’s family, a number of his close friends and College of Visual and Performing Arts Dean Dr. Stephen Eaves and faculty members.
Dean Eaves said, “This generous gift will not only honor Mr. Bradley, but it will provide meaningful support for the next generation of guitarists. I know students will be thrilled to receive this scholarship and be motivated to aspire to the legacy of Harold Bradley.”