The highly esteemed soprano Kathleen Battle is set to receive a prestigious accolade during the upcoming Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame.
Taking place on July 22, 2023, the event will showcase a special interactive kiosk dedicated to honoring Battle's extraordinary career.
Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle has been recognized by the Walk of Fame as one of the foremost music influencers in Southwest Ohio. Joining over 60 other distinguished individuals, groups, and organizations in the Walk of Fame, she will be acknowledged for her invaluable contributions to the music industry.
Among the 2023 inductees are The Deele, featuring L.A. Reid and Babyface, Louise Shropshire, Philippé Wynne, and James Brown. They will join the ranks of the 2021 Founding Inductees, including Bootsy Collins, The Isley Brothers, Dr. Charles Fold, and Otis Williams, as well as the 2022 Inductees, which include Midnight Star, featuring Reggie and Vincent Calloway, Penny Ford, Hi-Tek, and Wilbert Longmire.
"The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame aims to narrate Kathleen Battle's incredible journey and illustrious career. This grand opening is a significant moment in history, as we unveil a state-of-the-art interactive tourist attraction that celebrates the rich culture of Black musicians, producers, and songwriters. This free park will not only educate and entertain visitors from around the world but also bring families of all generations together. We are thrilled to commemorate Ms. Battle's musical achievements with a special interactive kiosk debuting at the historic Grand Opening," stated Alicia Reece, Hamilton County Ohio Commission President and Founder of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame, during the announcement of the third class of inductees in late May.
The Grand Opening will feature the induction ceremony and a complimentary concert by the Ohio Players. Situated near the Ohio Riverbanks, adjacent to the Andrew Brady Center and across from Paycor Stadium, the home of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Music Festival, the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame is Ohio's latest tourism attraction. It will offer augmented reality experiences, an immersive drum machine, a musical waterfall, and nightly jam sessions.