Johnny Nash, creator of the hit song "I Can See Clearly Now", was honored at The Brazos Valley African American Museum's 7th Annual Appreciation Banquet Thursday night. The ceremony was held at the Hilton College Station Hotel and Conference Center.
Nash, a Houston Native, began singing at the age four and was later discovered by Frank Stockton, who coordinated an audition for him on KPRC-TV's show "Matinee". Nash was the first black performer featured on Houston television in the 1950's.
After moving to New York in 1957, Nash earned his first hit recording, "A Very Special Love". The musician also penned the hit record "What Kind of Love is This" for recording artist Joey Dee which went on to sell over five million records.
To add to his accomplishments, Nash has written and produced for music mega stars such as Gloria Gaynor and Bob Marley.
Every year, the event recognizes community leaders and successful African Americans such as Nash.
The African American Museum opened its doors in Bryan in July 2006.