Kathleen Battle to be Honored at the New Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame

By Chris Ruel

The highly acclaimed soprano Kathleen Battle will receive a prestigious honor at the upcoming Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame.

The event, scheduled for July 22, 2023, will feature a special interactive kiosk dedicated to celebrating Battle’s remarkable career.

Originally from Portsmouth, Ohio, Battle has been hailed by the Walk of Fame as one of Southwest Ohio’s the Top Music Influencers. The soprano will join the ranks of over 60 other distinguished individuals, groups, and organizations in the Walk of Fame, all recognized for their invaluable contributions to the music industry.

The artists will join the 2021 Founding Inductees – Bootsy Collins, The Isley Brothers, Dr Charles Fold, and Otis Williams, plus the 2022 Inductees- Midnight Star, featuring Reggie and Vincent Calloway, Penny Ford, Hi-Tek, and Wilbert Longmire.

The 2023 Inductees are The Deele, featuring L.A. Reid and Babyface, Louise Shropshire, Philippé Wynne, and James Brown.

“Telling the story of Kathleen Battle and her amazing career is what the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame is all about. So much talent has come out of Southwest Ohio and now the world will know.

“We are making history this year with the Grand Opening of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame. This new state-of-the-art interactive tourism attraction celebrating the rich culture of Black musical artists, producers, and songwriters will educate, entertain, and attract tourists worldwide while bringing together multi-generations of families to enjoy this free park. We will celebrate Ms. Battle’s music career with a special interactive kiosk that will debut at the historic Grand Opening,” Alicia Reece, Hamilton County Ohio Commission President, and Founder of the Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame stated during the announcement of the third class of Inductees in late May.

The Grand Opening will include the induction ceremony and a free concert by the Ohio Players. The Cincinnati Black Music Walk of Fame is 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 newest tourism attraction and will feature augmented reality activations, an experiential drum machine, a musical waterfall, and nightly jam sessions.