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Letter from Chairman and GMA’s President Hello Gospel Music Lovers, It is an honor to welcome each and every one of you to the GMA GOSPEL MUSIC HALL OF FAME AWARDS ceremony! The artists being inducted tonight have had a profound impact on Gospel Music around the world. Their combined musical output has encouraged countless people while selling millions of records and concert tickets. These artists now become part of a select group of greats who have been chosen by their peers to be in the HALL OF FAME. Part of their legacy includes motivating aspiring artists to step out and launch their own Gospel careers while also motivating thousands behind the scenes to help build the base of Gospel music to a higher level. Now more than at any time in history, Gospel music is recognized as part of the fabric of American culture. The vast history of Gospel music is reflected in the church worldwide and in every segment of entertainment. We salute tonight’s inductees and are committed to reminding the world about their impact. Sincerely, Charles Dorris Chairman, GMA Foundation

Dear Friends, I am proud to salute each of this year’s GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductees. The Christian and gospel music community has come together to pay tribute with tonight’s meaningful and inspiring event. It is an honor to recognize our trailblazers and remind the world of the special people God has used to spread the gospel through music. The GMA Foundation holds the archives of our music history and deems every asset of our legacy an important treasure. Tonight’s event will capture a piece of that history, so that generations to come will see our rich heritage. Thank you for coming and enjoy the evening. Jackie Patillo, President, GMA Foundation


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2012 Inductee

Ricky Skaggs Fourteen-time Grammy Award winner and two-time Dove Awards winner, Ricky Skaggs, is affectionately known as one of bluegrass music’s most recognized ambassadors. He has twelve #1 hits, eight Country Music Association Awards and eight Academy of Country Music Awards to his credit. Singing comes naturally to Skaggs, and singing gospel songs even more so. At the tender age of 3, he began by harmonizing with his mother as she sang gospel songs. He began to perform in his church, singing with his parents there. His illustrious path to stardom has always included gospel songs, as he loves to sing about Jesus and His love for all of us.


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2012 Inductee Rex Humbard

In the early 1970’s Time Magazine coined the phrase “teleevangelist” to describe Rex Humbard. The moniker was truly fitting as Rex’s harnessing of media and gospel music to promote the message of hope, love and salvation transformed the face of ministry. Rex’s exposure to media began in 1932 when he hosted his first radio program—singing, playing his guitar and telling listeners about his father’s church and the struggling orphanage their family ran. One year later, seats were full to capacity and the orphans had a new lease on life. Rex’s ministry went on to utilize tent crusades, radio shows and TV programs to reach masses of people.


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Inductees 1971 “Pappy” Jim Waites G.T. “Dad” Speer

1983 Bill Gaither Marvin Norcross

1972 Albert E. Brumley Lena Brock “Mom” Speer James D. Vaughan

1984 Rev. James Cleveland Hovie Lister Clevant Derricks Wally Fowler W.B. Nowlin J.D. Sumner P.J. Zondervan D.P. “Dad” Carter Paul Heinecke Lloyd Orrell Clara Ward Ethel Waters

1973 Lee Roy Abernathy Denver Crumpler E.M. Bartlett J.R. Baxter, Jr. John Daniel Adger M. Pace Homer Rodeheaver A.J. Showalter V.O. Stamps Frank Stamps W.B. Walbert R.E. Winsett 1974 James Blackwood, Sr. G. Kiefeer Vaughan 1975 Brock Speer Fanny Crosby 1976 Mosie Lister George Bernard 1977 Eva Mae LeFevre James “Big Chief” Wetherington 1978 George Beverly Shea Mahalia Jackson 1980 Connor Hall Ira Sanky 1981 John T. Benson, Jr. Ira Stanphill Clarice Baxter 1982 Thomas A. Dorsey John T. Benson, Sr. Charles Gabriel Haldor Lillenas B.B. McKinney Lowell Mason John Newton

1985 Ralph Carmichael Tim Spencer 1986 John W. Peterson Urias LeFevre 1987 Jake Hess 1988 Cliff Barrows 1989 Les Beasley P.P. Bliss 1990 J.G. Whitfield 1991 Robert “Bob” Benson, Sr. B.D. Ackley Charles M. Alexander Sally Martin William Morgan Ramsey Charles Weigle 1992 Dottie Rambo James B. Coats Samuel Beazley W. Oliver Cooper J.A. McClung O.A. Parris 1993 Jarrell McCracken Charles “Rusty” Goodman W.F. Jim Myers Asa Brook Everett James Marsh James Rowe

Charlie Tillman C.H. Tindley 1994 Jimmie Davis Tennessee Ernie Ford Stuart Hamblen Stuart K. Hine 1995 Glen Payne Ben Speer Charles Wesley Donald W. Butler 1996 Herman Harper Alphus LeFevre 1997 Gloria Gaither Billy Ray Hearn 1998 J Bazzell Mull Andrae’ Crouch JD Sumner & The Stamps Hovie Lister & The Statesmen The Speer Family The LeFevres The Jordanaires The Imperials The Happy Goodman Family The Chuck Wagon Gang The Blackwood Brothers Andrae’ Crouch and the Disciples 1999 Billy Graham George Younce 2nd Chapter of Acts The Gaither Trio The Cathedrals The Florida Boys Mighty Clouds of Joy The Fairfield Four 2000 Bob Mac Kenzie Shirley Caesar Roger Breland & Truth Petra The Kingsmen Oak Ridge Boys Edwin Hawkins & the Edwin Hawkins Singers Fisk Jubilee Singers

2001 Doris Akers Wendy Bagwell & The Sunliters Keith Green Kurt Kaiser Larry Norman Elvis Presley The Rambos Albertina Walker 2003 Pat Boone Blind Boys of Alabama Amy Grant 2004 Vestal Goodman Rev. Al Green Sandi Patty Frances W. Preston 2005 Evie Tornquist Walter Hawkins Mylon LeFevre Lou Hildreth Don Light Ronn Huff The Lewis Family 2006 Richard Smallwood The Hinsons Doug Oldham John T. Benson, III 2007 Joe Moscheo The Winans Phil Keaggy The Statler Brothers Larnelle Harris 2008 The Dixie Hummingbirds Dolly Parton Dr. Bobby Jones Lari Goss Michael W. Smith 2010 Bill “”Hoss”” Allen DeGarmo & Key Golden Gate Quartet Johnny Cash


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2012 Inductee Aretha Franklin The “Queen of Soul” was born in soul’s capitol city, Memphis however the Franklin family soon moved to Detroit, MI, where her father, Baptist minister Reverend C. L. Franklin, became one of the most revered public figures in black America. In 1972, her gospel album Amazing Grace became her biggest-selling release ever, selling over two million copies and becoming the best-selling gospel album of all time. In 1987 she again returned to her gospel roots with the album, “One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism,” which reached the Top 10 of Billboard’s gospel chart. Her list of honors, awards and accomplishments is staggering and her impact on Gospel music profound!

Special Thanks to: Production Executive Producer, Russ Hall Executive Producer, Jackie Patillo Director, Graham Bustin Event Manager, Justin Fratt Artist Coordinator, Tammy Johnson Green & Dressing Rooms, Andre Gates Seating & Stage Manager, Jody Manillo Stage Assistant & Back Stage Host, Diane Pearson Writer, Steve Morley Make-Up, Tegen Holmes Publicity, Judy Nelon Publicity & Photography, Aaron Crisler GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Committee Charles Dorris, Charles Dorris & Associates Rick Goodman, Goodman & Associates Ken Harding, New Haven Records Ed Harper, The Harper Agency Roger Holmes, Sierra Management

Jody Mainello, Lone Oak Entertainment Brian Mason Stacy Merida, The Merida Group Judy Nelon, The Judy Nelon Group Diane Pearson, City National Bank Gregory E. Seneff, Sr., The Seneff Law Office GMA Staff Jackie Patillo, Executive Director Justin Fratt, Events & Sponsorship Manager Sponsors City National Bank Curb Records Supporting Partners Sumner Convention & Visitors Bureau Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce The Judy Nelon Group


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2012 Inductee Love Song In the early 70’s, during the beginnings of what became known as the “Jesus Movement,” a group of young, longhaired, “hippie” musicians called Love Song began to use their music to express their newfound faith in Jesus Christ. A mixture of rock and pop, Love Song’s music was entirely new and unique for the Christian music world. It helped blaze a trail for what we know today as Contemporary Christian Music. God used them in a powerful way to bring many people to Himself. “In a world of imitators, Love Song has been an originator, the first domino that started the others going,” says Christian retail authority, Stan Jantz.

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2012 Inductee Dallas Holm

Dallas has earned his influence in today’s Christian music throughout more than 40 years of writing, singing and ministry in some 4,000 concerts in every state in the USA as well as many countries abroad. His 38 recordings have garnered gold records, multiple Dove awards, Grammy nominations, number one songs, and countless accolades. Holm can be seen on several of the Bill Gaither Homecoming videos. Dallas Holm and Praise LIVE became the first Contemporary Christian band to receive an RIAA certified Gold Album. Artists such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Twila Paris and Greg Long of Avalon all make reference to Holm’s significant impact on their lives and ministries.


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2012 Inductee The Hoppers

Multi-award winning family group The Hoppers have been singing to global audiences for over 55 years with appearances ranging from presidential, religious inaugural ceremonies and New York’s Carnegie Hall to singing conventions and church platforms. Their unique legacy of musical excellence began in 1957 when The Hoppers were formed in the rural farm town of Madison, NC. Today The Hoppers consists of family members Claude & Connie, son Dean and his wife, Kim, and son Mike Hopper. Known as America’s Favorite Family of Gospel Music, they are favorites on the Gaither Homecoming videos and tours, and their recordings frequently land near the top of the Billboard sales charts and The Singing News radio charts.

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