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Gospel Music Hall of Fame

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  • Jake Hess (1927 - 2004)
    Jake Hess (1927-2004) of Limestone County was a noted and prolific southern gospel singer. A four-time Grammy winner, Hess produced over his career 10 solo albums and 49 albums with various gospel grou...
  • Hovie Franklin Leister (1926 - 2001)
    Musician. For more than half a century Hovie Lister was leader and pianist for the Statesmen Quartet, one of the best-known and most significant exponents of southern gospel music. Born in Greenville...
  • Lee Roy Abernathy (1913 - 1993)
    Lee Roy Abernathy (1913–1993) was a Southern gospel music musician, songwriter, and performer. Biography Abernathy was born on August 13, 1913, in the Atco community of Cartersville, Bartow Count...
  • James D. Vaughan (1864 - 1941)
    James David Vaughan (December 14, 1864 – February 9, 1941) was an American music teacher, composer, song book publisher, the founder of the Vaughan Conservatory of Music and the James D. Vaughan Pu...
  • Frances W. Preston (1928 - 2012)
    Frances W. Preston (27 August 1928 — 13 June 2012) was an American music executive. She was the Chief executive officer of Broadcast Music, Inc. from 1986 to 2004. Preston was inducted into the Count...

Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Wikipedia (with incomplete list of those inducted)

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame, created in 1971 by the Gospel Music Association, is a Hall of Fame located in Detroit, Michigan and is dedicated exclusively to recognizing meaningful contributions by individuals and groups in all forms of gospel music.

Official Website

Inductees by Year

Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame


The SGMA was formed in 1994, and states that its primary goal is "to preserve, protect and promote Southern Gospel Music, its history and heritage".

The Southern Gospel Music Association operates the Southern Gospel Museum and Hall of Fame in Pigeon Forge, a popular Tennessee tourist town, and also hosts the Southern Gospel Music Awards. The Hall of Fame and Museum was opened at the Dollywood theme park in 1999.

Official Website

List of Inductees