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There are gospel music concerts throughout a October at Biblical Times Theater.  Check out the schedule!
09/13/2021

There are gospel music concerts throughout a October at Biblical Times Theater. Check out the schedule!

There are gospel music concerts throughout a October at Biblical Times Theater. Check out the schedule!

Timeline Photos
09/08/2021

Timeline Photos

The Southern Gospel Music Association - SGMA Hall fo Fame Induction and Benefit concert will take place Tuesday of #NQC2021. Be sure to join us for these special moments and some of your favorite artists.

Lots of Gospel Music headed to the Smokies!
09/08/2021

Lots of Gospel Music headed to the Smokies!

Lots of Gospel Music headed to the Smokies!

Thomas Mosie Lister was born on this day in 1921. He was a prolific hymnwriter and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fa...
09/08/2021

Thomas Mosie Lister was born on this day in 1921. He was a prolific hymnwriter and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the first class of 1997.

Thomas Mosie Lister was born on this day in 1921. He was a prolific hymnwriter and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the first class of 1997.

Another great day at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest hosted by the Snead Family.
09/03/2021

Another great day at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest hosted by the Snead Family.

Pre show at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest with Jeff Jeff Sneed and family.  Beautiful stage and venue.  Mary Faye Jackson.
09/02/2021

Pre show at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest with Jeff Jeff Sneed and family. Beautiful stage and venue. Mary Faye Jackson.

Jp Miller is representing the SGMA this week at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest.  Jeff Sneed has made us feel right at home! ...
09/02/2021

Jp Miller is representing the SGMA this week at Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest. Jeff Sneed has made us feel right at home!
We will keep you posted with some pictures.

Charles "Rusty" Goodman was born on this day in 1933. He sung with The Happy Goodmans, and wrote some of their iconic so...
09/02/2021

Charles "Rusty" Goodman was born on this day in 1933. He sung with The Happy Goodmans, and wrote some of their iconic songs. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

Charles "Rusty" Goodman was born on this day in 1933. He sung with The Happy Goodmans, and wrote some of their iconic songs. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

James Lewis "Big Lew" Garrison was born on this day in 1933. He sang tenor for The Prophets, and was inducted into the S...
08/30/2021

James Lewis "Big Lew" Garrison was born on this day in 1933. He sang tenor for The Prophets, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2015.

James Lewis "Big Lew" Garrison was born on this day in 1933. He sang tenor for The Prophets, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2015.

Roland Dwayne "Rosie" Rozell was born on this day in 1928. He was the legendary tenor for The Statesmen Quartet, and was...
08/29/2021

Roland Dwayne "Rosie" Rozell was born on this day in 1928. He was the legendary tenor for The Statesmen Quartet, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 1999.

Roland Dwayne "Rosie" Rozell was born on this day in 1928. He was the legendary tenor for The Statesmen Quartet, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 1999.

Happy birthday today to Tim Riley, a "living legend"! He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2013.
08/29/2021

Happy birthday today to Tim Riley, a "living legend"! He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Happy birthday today to Tim Riley, a "living legend"! He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2013.

Happy birthday today to Marlin R Taylor! He will be inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame next month. The induction ceremo...
08/27/2021

Happy birthday today to Marlin R Taylor! He will be inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame next month. The induction ceremony will be Tuesday, September 28th at 1:15pm in the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Happy birthday today to Marlin R Taylor! He will be inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame next month. The induction ceremony will be Tuesday, September 28th at 1:15pm in the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Jack Toney was born on this day in 1933. He sang with many groups, including The Dixie Echoes, The Prophets, Masters V, ...
08/24/2021

Jack Toney was born on this day in 1933. He sang with many groups, including The Dixie Echoes, The Prophets, Masters V, and The Stamps. He was best known for his career with Statesmen Quartet. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2005.

Jack Toney was born on this day in 1933. He sang with many groups, including The Dixie Echoes, The Prophets, Masters V, and The Stamps. He was best known for his career with Statesmen Quartet. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2005.

We are excited to report that Jeff Sneed invited us to Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest.  I will be representing the SGMA.  Co...
08/20/2021

We are excited to report that Jeff Sneed invited us to Loretta Lynn’s Gospel Fest. I will be representing the SGMA. Come by our booth to renew or join the SGMA. I’m bringing some duplicate albums to see too for you vinyl heads! Tony Gore will be there with his BBQ truck so plan to come and eat! Check out the information below!

Happy birthday today to Maurice Templeton! He is a "living legend" and has made an incomparable impact on Southern Gospe...
08/18/2021

Happy birthday today to Maurice Templeton! He is a "living legend" and has made an incomparable impact on Southern Gospel. He is a founder of the SGMA, and help create our museum. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Happy birthday today to Maurice Templeton! He is a "living legend" and has made an incomparable impact on Southern Gospel. He is a founder of the SGMA, and help create our museum. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2006.

Happy Birthday today to "Little" Jan Buckner Goff, a living legend! She sung with Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters for th...
08/17/2021

Happy Birthday today to "Little" Jan Buckner Goff, a living legend! She sung with Wendy Bagwell and the Sunliters for thirty-eight years. She married Dr. Jerry Goff (SGMA inductee in 2002) in 2013, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2010. (Picture courtesy of Neil Pope)

Denver Dale Crumpler was born on this day in 1912. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1...
08/17/2021

Denver Dale Crumpler was born on this day in 1912. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

Denver Dale Crumpler was born on this day in 1912. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

Lester George "Les" Beasley was born on this day in 1928. His career ranged from lead for "The Florida Boys" to Presiden...
08/16/2021

Lester George "Les" Beasley was born on this day in 1928. His career ranged from lead for "The Florida Boys" to President of the Gospel Music Association. He was the father of SGMA Board member, Clarke Beasley, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame the first year, 1997.

Lester George "Les" Beasley was born on this day in 1928. His career ranged from lead for "The Florida Boys" to President of the Gospel Music Association. He was the father of SGMA Board member, Clarke Beasley, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame the first year, 1997.

The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings to Dottie Leonard Miller, the founder of Daywind.  She was inducted into the S...
08/10/2021

The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings to Dottie Leonard Miller, the founder of Daywind. She was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2020.

The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings to Dottie Leonard Miller, the founder of Daywind. She was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2020.

Eva Mae Whittington-LeFevre was born on this day in 1917. She was a beloved member of one of the most prominent families...
08/07/2021

Eva Mae Whittington-LeFevre was born on this day in 1917. She was a beloved member of one of the most prominent families of Gospel music, The LeFevres. Her piano style and effervescent personality combined to make her one of the "Queens of Gospel Music". She was inducted the first year of the SGMA Hall of Fame in 1997.

Eva Mae Whittington-LeFevre was born on this day in 1917. She was a beloved member of one of the most prominent families of Gospel music, The LeFevres. Her piano style and effervescent personality combined to make her one of the "Queens of Gospel Music". She was inducted the first year of the SGMA Hall of Fame in 1997.

James Webre Blackwood was born on this day in 1919. He is one of the pioneers of the early quartet era, and was inducted...
08/04/2021

James Webre Blackwood was born on this day in 1919. He is one of the pioneers of the early quartet era, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

James Webre Blackwood was born on this day in 1919. He is one of the pioneers of the early quartet era, and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the original class of 1997.

08/02/2021

The SGMA expresses our appreciation for all the support of our Dr Jerry Goff Memorial Singing and SGMA Benefit last week. It was two memorable nights in honor of Dr. Goff. To watch both nights and photos from both, click here #sgmajerrygoff2021

Happy birthday today to Joel Wesley Hemphill. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2007.
08/01/2021

Happy birthday today to Joel Wesley Hemphill. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2007.

Happy birthday today to Joel Wesley Hemphill. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2007.

#sgmajerrygoff2021
08/01/2021

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07/31/2021

This is the second night of the Dr. Jerry Goff Memorial Singing SGMA Benefit.

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Second Annual Dr. Jerry Goff Memorial Singing and SGMA Benefit, first night.#SGMAJerryGoff2021
07/30/2021

Second Annual Dr. Jerry Goff Memorial Singing and SGMA Benefit, first night.

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The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings today to one of our "living legends", Duane Nicholson. He sang with "The Couri...
07/29/2021

The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings today to one of our "living legends", Duane Nicholson. He sang with "The Couriers" and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2013.

The SGMA sends "Happy Birthday" greetings today to one of our "living legends", Duane Nicholson. He sang with "The Couriers" and was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2013.

We have a seat for you at the Dr. Jerry Goff Memorial Singing which will benefit the SGMA. The  first of two nights is t...
07/28/2021

We have a seat for you at the Dr. Jerry Goff Memorial Singing which will benefit the SGMA. The first of two nights is tomorrow and features four members of the SGMA Hall of Fame. If you cannot attend, we would welcome your online donation at sgma.org/store.

The Southern Gospel Music Association announces the fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame “Class of 2021”, Mr...
07/26/2021

The Southern Gospel Music Association announces the fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame “Class of 2021”, Mr. Jack Clark.

Click here for our official press release
https://www.facebook.com/singingnews/photos/a.594841173895355/4193743724005064/

The induction ceremony for the distinguished "Class of 2021" will be on Tuesday, September 28th at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The Southern Gospel Music Association announces the fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame “Class of 2021”, Mr. Jack Clark.

Click here for our official press release
https://www.facebook.com/singingnews/photos/a.594841173895355/4193743724005064/

The induction ceremony for the distinguished "Class of 2021" will be on Tuesday, September 28th at the National Quartet Convention in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

The fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be announced soon! Stay tuned!
07/26/2021

The fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

The fourth and final member of the SGMA Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be announced soon! Stay tuned!

Today was the birthday of Polly Grimes. She was a Gospel music pioneer. She was the first woman to introduce Gospel musi...
07/23/2021

Today was the birthday of Polly Grimes. She was a Gospel music pioneer. She was the first woman to introduce Gospel music to major venues on the west coast, and first professional businesswoman to promote Gospel music. She was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2008.

Today was the birthday of Polly Grimes. She was a Gospel music pioneer. She was the first woman to introduce Gospel music to major venues on the west coast, and first professional businesswoman to promote Gospel music. She was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2008.

Happy birthday today to Randy Shelnut, a "living legend" in Southern Gospel music! He is the lead singer and keyboard pl...
07/22/2021

Happy birthday today to Randy Shelnut, a "living legend" in Southern Gospel music! He is the lead singer and keyboard player for "The Dixie Echoes", a pure Southern Gospel quartet that he joined at age thirteen. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2017.

Happy birthday today to Randy Shelnut, a "living legend" in Southern Gospel music! He is the lead singer and keyboard player for "The Dixie Echoes", a pure Southern Gospel quartet that he joined at age thirteen. He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2017.

07/21/2021
James Parks "Big Jim" Waits and Lou Wills-Hildreth were both born on this day. Mr. Waits was inducted into the SGMA Hall...
07/13/2021

James Parks "Big Jim" Waits and Lou Wills-Hildreth were both born on this day. Mr. Waits was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in the first year, 1997. Mrs. Hildreth was inducted in 2007.

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To My Gospel Music Family, In just a few days, it is my understanding that nominations will be accepted for the 2021 inductees into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. This is the highest honor given to our Gospel Music family. There is perhaps no one more qualified on their musical talent and merit alone, than Jimmy Swaggart. With nearly 18 million recordings sold, over 60 years of ministry, and a television network that spans the globe, his accomplishments speak for themselves. Some of Gospel Music’s greatest singers have come thru his ministry, such as Janet Paschal and John Starnes. During the 1970’s and 1980’s, it was not uncommon for Brother Swaggart to have multiple songs in the Top 40 at any given time. His television network (SonLife Broadcasting Network) plays our style of Gospel Music every day, literally all over the world. Many of our top songs are sung regularly on SBN by their singers and band, along with Brother Swaggart’s own music. And our people are watching! I have been honored to speak and appear on SBN many times. At almost every southern gospel event I attend across the country, random people will walk up to me and say they have seen me on SBN (or as they call it, “Jimmy Swaggart’s channel”). Brother Swaggart turns 86 in March. Let’s get him in the Hall of Fame this year so that he and his family can celebrate together! On merit and accomplishments alone, Jimmy Swaggart deserves to be in the SGMA Hall of Fame. I am asking you to make sure that he is part of our 2021 class of inductees. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Pastor Bill Bailey P.S. Only current members of the Southern Gospel Music Association are eligible to submit nominations for the Hall of Fame. I highly encourage you to join the SGMA and be a part of the process! It’s only $20 per year. To join or for more info, go to http://www.sgma.org. P.P.S. While I am actively speaking out on Brother Swaggart’s nomination, I do realize there are other very worthy people to consider. Each SGMA member is allowed to nominate four people for the Hall of Fame. In addition to Brother Swaggart, these are the others that I am nominating and why: 1. Karen Peck Gooch – She has already been inducted into the GMA Hall of Fame. I am personally disappointed that we did not induct her first. 2. Aaron Wilburn – His passing was tragic. His songwriting and career are definite Hall of Fame status. What a beautiful gift we would give Aaron’s family and his legacy by putting him in the Hall of Fame this year. 3. Sue Dodge – She is perhaps the most tenured female singer in our Gospel Music family that is not currently in the Hall of Fame. With over 50 years of service, she has waited long enough.
I have a simple question — what happens to all of the bricks that were purchased by people in memory and dedication of family and friends ???
Online Christmas Concert with Chris Tomlin just in time for the Holidays! Join K-LOVE Christmas and Chris Tomlin for Christmas Songs of Worship. There are 2 ticket options: Option 1: Watch online on December 12th at 8pm CST Option 2: Watch online on December 12th at 8pm CST and on demand for the next 30 days plus exclusive extra bonus content. Tickets available at www.christomlin.com
Really missed the Hallbof fame being open T Dollywood this week. Since the Governor lifted the restrictions is there any chance it will be opening back up soon? Looking forward to that day. The Hall of fame is a very special place.
Is there a way we can financially support Christian musicians? They have given so much to us and have encouraged me and my faith walk with Jesus and I would like to financially help Christian musicians! Can we get a group together and support them financially? ❤️
June 30th 1954 people say Gospel Music changed...the Blackwood Brothers legacy changed when my father and Bill Lyles lost their lives in a tragic airplane crash in Clanton, Alabama. Just a Couple of weeksearlier The Blackwood Brothers had brought Gospel Music to America on the Arthur Godfrey Talent Scouts show in New York City. No gospel group had ever accomplished this before. For many Americans it was the first time they had ever seen a gospel quartet or even heard a gospel song and the Blackwoods gospel music took New York and the USA by storm. To quote a phrase, “They were the toast of America”. Most Americans had never heard a velvet smooth bass like Bill Lyles...they had never heard the beautiful voice of a tenor singer like Bill Shaw...the magnificent trained voice of a lead singer like James Blackwood...the beautiful baritone harmonies and leads of RW Blackwood (mine and Ron’s dad). America loved the Blackwood Brothers. And then...the terrible tragedy of that day , June 30,1954  happened. Yes, Gospel Music lived on, and The Blackwood Brothers lived on with JD Sumner on the bass and my Uncle Cecil Blackwood who joined the group to sing baritone and the legacy continued. I even traveled and sang with the group on many occasions, singing my father songs. I was 11 years old when I sang in Clanton, Alabama at the Memorial concert given to memorialize my dad RW, and bass singer Bill Lyles as pictured below my mother Elaine, and older brother Ron, one month after the plane crash. It was also JD Sumner and Cecil Blackwood’s first nite with the new group. Pictured also with my mother Elaine and me is Ruth Lyles, Bill Lyles Jr. and Gary Lyles, and the re-organized Blackwood Brothers in Jackson, Mississippi on another memorial concert. The Blackwood Brothers continued, but my mother lost her husband...Ron and I lost our father; Ruth lost her husband...Billy, Gary, and Curt lost their father. Our whole world crashed that day. My heart still breaks as I write this on June 30th, 2020. ONLY JESUS could have brought us through this terrible tragedy but the pain is still as real on this day as it was on that awful day.
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Happy birthday today to Neil Enloe! He was inducted into the SGMA Hall of Fame in 2009. Fellow inductee, Duane Nicholson, shared this update on Neil.... Today is Neil Enloes birthday . He will not be able to respond because of stroke , but if you respond on my Facebook I will show him your greeting ! Physically he is doing good except for right hand movements, which are slowly being restored . He is mentally strong and is aware of everything and has total memory recall with few exceptions , but struggles with saying a sentence to completion . It frustrates him because he knows what he wants to say but he cannot verbalize. We both laughed when I told him we were starting a new language and call it Babel ! Just continue to pray . Pray for Ruth & family as well. Everyone has been careful to not overwhelm Her with calls. Remember that effects of strokes and recovery can be in small increments . Deliverance will come ! Love you all!
We are grieved to announce the passing of Ms. Doris Moody yesterday, May 4, 2020. She was 87 years old. Ms. Doris was involved with music, particularly Southern Gospel, for many years. She was the piano player for Cloverleaf Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky for 25 years and booked many quartet concerts for us. She also promoted Southern Gospel music in years past at Louisville Memorial Auditorium with her husband Roy. Prayers for the family’s strength and comfort are appreciated.