Evelyn Turrentine-Agee, The Christianaires, Marie Knight, Bishop Kenneth Moales, Bishop G.E. Patterson, Norma Jean Pender, Ernestine Rundless & The Meditation Singers and The Staples Singers are this year’s inductees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum (IGMHFM).
The 2007 inductees, nominated from around the world and selected by the IGMHFM board, were announced by founder David Gough. This year marks the eleventh anniversary of the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum Induction Celebration and Fund Raiser.
This year’s induction and awards celebration will be held at the Max M. Fisher Music Center on Saturday, October 27. The program will be preceded by a Red Carpet Extravaganza with live entertainment and photo opportunities with gospel greats.
‘For over a decade, we have successfully achieved our goal – the furtherance of gospel music worldwide,’ said Gough. ‘The awards event is our annual fund raising centerpiece, but our work to celebrate the contributions of influential individuals and groups, and to increase awareness of gospel music, takes place year-round.’
Nominees to the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum must have been involved in gospel music activities for at least 25 years. Individuals, groups, choirs, quartets, broadcast personalities and promoters are among past years’ inductees. Among the previous inductees are Aretha Franklin, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Dr. Bobby Jones, Della Reese, CeCe Winans, The Fairfield Four, Shirley Caesar, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Luther Barnes & The Sunset Jubilaires and Dr. Myles Munroe. Brief bios of all inductees can be found at www.igmhf.org.
11th Annual Induction and Awards Celebration tickets are $100 in advance and $125 at the door. Call 313-592-0017 or visit www.igmhf.org to purchase tickets.
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Saturday, October 27
Max M. Fisher Music Center
3:00 p.m. – Press Conference
6:00 p.m. – Red Carpet Extravaganza with live entertainment, photo and interview opportunities with gospel greats
7:00 p.m. – Formal induction and awards ceremony
About the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Founded in 1995 as a non-profit organization by DoRohn Entertainment’s president and gospel artist David Gough, the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum preserves and celebrates the work of the world’s legendary and influential gospel music artists and entertainers. It is supported by individual donors and corporate contributors.
The museum, open for tours by appointment, is now housed in the studios of DoRohn Entertainment. Its collections include recordings, documents, photographs and memorabilia. Archivists and music experts are also available to assist students and researchers. In 2005, IGMHFM launched ‘Club 52’ a fundraising campaign to build a permanent home for the International Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum.