When I moved to the Nashville area a decade ago with my wife, you were here launching a musical career that has brought you fame and fortune throughout the world. I, like millions, admired your God-given talent and tenacity as we applauded your affectionate title as “America’s Sweetheart.”
Raising two daughters and now having two granddaughters, your wholesome public image, non-provocative swimsuits and polite manner made you a most appreciated and highly esteemed role model in a society where so few exist in the entertainment industry. Being one of the most followed personalities on social media, you acknowledged your “responsibility” to be conscious of your influence on young fans.
As we watched another Nashvillian, Miley Cyrus, depart from her Disney persona to a scandal-seeking, sex-obsessed, weed-promoting performer, you were the one we could turn to as you engaged in friendly interaction with fans, especially young girls. Your cute smile plus surprise visits to sick and disadvantaged adolescents won us over to what we hoped would make us longtime devotees.