St. Tammany Parish President Mike Cooper will honor 10 recipients at the 15th President’s Arts Awards presented by the St. Tammany Commission on Cultural Affairs, Thursday, November 18, 2021, from 5:30-8:30pm at Northshore Technical Community College north of Lacombe.
Performing Artist of the Year
Dr. Eva Semien Baham, Literary Artist of the Year
He is often called upon as a consultant and participant in community civic and charitable endeavors, both as a Master of Ceremonies and for his event production expertise. When Ricky performs he brings his larger-than-life talent that draws and entertains crowds of all ages and interests.
The Lake 94.7 - Patron of the Year
Upon graduation from Culinary School at The University of Southern Mississippi, Hansell moved to New Orleans to work under Executive Chef Tory McPhail at Commander’s Palace. He went on to work under Chef Thomas Robey at Veranda on Highland in Birmingham, AL, Chef Robert McCormick at Little Nell’s Restaurant, Montagna in Aspen, Colorado, and Chef John Besh at restaurant Lüke.
In his spare time, he traveled across the parish, making copies of old faded photographs, in an effort to preserve them. He would present to various civic associations across the parish slide shows featuring hundreds of old pictures, as well as aerial photographs he had taken on several flights over the area.
He is the Founder and President of the Ozone Music Education Foundation & Songwriter Festival which provides music education, support, and mentorship to those wanting to learn the music industry and develop skills and knowledge as songwriters and musicians in St. Tammany Parish.
Barnhill also had a crossover smash with “House of Love” for Amy Grant and Vince Gill. Other hit songs include “Same Ol Love”, “99.9% Sure I’ve Never Been Here Before”, “She’s Taken’ A Shine” and “Never Been Kissed”. He garnered critical acclaim with the 2014 single, Gary Allan's" It Ain't The Whiskey" which got rave reviews for its bold take on the issue of addiction.
You can also hear his work on CNN, Fox and Friends, The View, Crown Royal, New Orleans Saints (NFL)Tennessee Titans (NFL), Nashville Predators (NHL), Atlanta Braves (MLB) and other national and regional sports teams, businesses and television programs.
In 2010, Greg Barnhill was nominated for his third Emmy and won for ‘Best Original Song’ for the Today Show theme “Your Day Is Today.” He has written and performed in yet another New Orleans Saints video/ theme song “Big Thang”.
In 2011 he had the song “I Know Who I Am” recorded by Leona Lewis for Tyler Perry’s latest movie “For Colored Girls” in the movie as well as, on the Atlantic soundtrack. It was also used to promote the movie "The Butler".
Also in 2011, his songs were used in the HBO series "TREME", and in the CW network's "Hart of Dixie". In 2015 you can hear his production chops on ME-TV's 2017 promotional campaign, as well as CNN tonight and CNBC's shark tank nation promos.