The ASCAP Voice of Music Award is presented to an artist or a composer who has created music that “gives voice to the spirit of a generation. Among the previous honorees are songwriters Diane Warren and Jimmy Webb, hip-hop/soul singer Mary J. Blige and country stars Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney and George Strait.

“Over the years The Doobie Brothers have given us one memorable song after another,” says ASCAP President Paul Williams in a statement. “Their ever-changing sound has embraced classic rock, pop, country and soul, but terrific songwriting has always been at the heart of what they do. I am thrilled to honor the Doobies for more than four decades of music that continues to speak to generations of listeners.”

ASCAP’s upcoming Pop Music Awards take place a day before the start of the organization’s 2015 installment of its “I Create Music” Expo, which runs from April 30 through May 2.

The Doobie Brothers currently are promoting their new studio album, Southbound, a collection of updated versions of the group’s classic tunes recorded as duets with various well-known country artists.

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