(May 9, 2014) NASHVILLE, Tenn. –The GMA (The Gospel Music Association) held its inaugural GMA Honors celebration at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena with special tributes, reunions and praise to the honorees. The event was in celebration of the individuals and organizations that impact the culture through gospel music both past and present and is set to air on JUCE TV later this year. LOVE YOUR COUNTRY.VOTE. was the presenting sponsor and Steinway & Sons served as the Official Piano for the evening.
The first ever Honors recipients include the inimitable Dr. Bobby Jones, international praise and worship leader Don Moen, tour pastor Michael Guido and world-renowned non-profit organizations Show Hope and World Vision. In conjunction with the Honors, the GMA inducted producer Brown Bannister, the venerable Gaither Vocal Band, Take 6 and posthumously Rich Mullins, writer of “Awesome God,” into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame.
John Huie, co-chair and visionary of GMA Honors shared, “This evening has exceeded all expectations. The power of music was on display tonight. Our industry is full of individuals that share way more than music, they share themselves, their hearts and souls and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it all.”
Hall of Fame inductee, Take 6, showed up in full force with both past and present members filling the room with their tight harmonies for an once-in-a-lifetime performance. The group reveled that in celebration of their 20th Anniversary, they are set to produce and record the remake of their very first album, So Much 2 Say.
Founded in 1964, the Gospel Music Association serves as the face and voice for the Gospel/Christian music community and is dedicated to exposing, promoting and celebrating the Gospel through music of all styles including Pop, Rock, Praise & Worship, Urban Gospel, R&B, Hip Hop, Southern Gospel, Bluegrass, Country and more. The GMA community consists of members including agents, artists, church leaders, managers, promoters, radio personnel, record company executives, retailers, songwriters and other industry visionaries. The GMA produces the GMA Dove Awards, GMA Honors and IMMERSE.