The album, which is filled with all-time favorite American patriotic songs and some brand new pieces written specifically for Jody, is a tribute to the United States and to the soldiers who defends her.
In response to the honor, Jody said, “I hope they chose ‘My Country’ as Album of the Year because it was the best one around!
“Really, I think the Association awarded ‘My Country’ with such high praise because the music exemplifies the best of Country and Southern Gospel. It has great songs!” Jody said.
“There is a saying in the music business … ‘a good song don’t care who sings it’ … which means that the song is what is most important, not the singer. This album is good because the songs on it are great!”
CGMG Entertainer of the Year 1999
The Country Gospel Music Guild honored Jody with their Entertainer of the Year Award in September 1999.
Jody said this honor means a great deal to her. “I have been in the music business for 35 years, and I remember when I would have been shot rather than get on stage, I was so frightened,” she said.
“But now I can’t wait to help people in my audience feel at ease, lighten up their lives, let them hear what I consider beautiful music written by God Himself.”
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENTS – Individuals and organizations continue to honor her and her achievements, see lifetime achievements below:
Jody is a Charter Inductee of the Blanchard Public Schools Education Foundation Hall of Fame. The selection was made by a special committee composed of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, 2005.
Ernest Tubb Memorial Award given by the Western Film Festival.
Billboard’s Artist Resurgence of the Year Award, 1971
I recorded "My Country" in Oklahoma City at Amethyst Recording Studios. I have always wanted to record Patriotic music. My Dad was a Sgt. in the First World War. Yeah! He got married when he was 36! Anyway, I wanted to do Patriotic country music. I got Gregg Grey to do the music; we used excellent musicians from the Oklahoma City area and Gregg even flew a few cats in from other locations when he needed a particular sound. I cut the album in 1987. Later, the George Bush Campaign people heard it and hired me to sing at some of the Campaign stops. Some of the friends who wrote the songs, Billy Holcomb, Bonnie Shannon and Tom Wayne -I'd like to thank. Also Donna Fargo and Irving Berlin, Lee Greenwood and Mickey Newberry. Gifted actor and screen star Dale Robertson performs the recitation "Ragged Old Flag" written by Johnny Cash. Dale opened the door for me to the music business.