Bebe & Cece Winans, Mark Lowry, Roland Lundy, and Twila Paris have been named as the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame’s latest inductees. They will be inducted during the GMA Honors, which is set for Tuesday, May 5 at Lipscomb University’s Allen Arena, beginning at 6 p.m. Performers and presenters will be announced soon.
Additionally, the Gospel Music Association will honor Bishop Paul S. Morton, founding bishop of the Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship International, as well as The Bridge (founded by Candy Christmas), Passion (founded by Louie and Shelley Giglio) and Porter’s Call (founded by Al Andrews).
John Huie, CAA and Co-Chair of GMA Honors states, “Last year’s inaugural event was an amazing evening of firsts for our industry. We have been encouraged by the many comments surrounding the ceremony and are thrilled to honor this year’s recipients.”
“The GMA Foundation is charged with observing our gospel music history and its trailblazers,” says Jackie Patillo, President of the GMA Foundation. “With the ongoing support from our music community, we can fulfill the mission to foster an appreciation for our heritage and its impact for generations to come. We, as always, thank all of those involved in helping make these special celebrations possible.”
About the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductees:
BeBe & CeCe Winans have been recording music together for more than 25 years. The brother/sister duo, part of the gospel singing Winans family and one of the most successful gospel artists of all time, have had 12 charting R&B singles, and numerous No. 1 singles on Christian, AC and CHR radio. Their accolades include numerous gold and platinum releases, plus Dove, Grammy, Stellar, Soul Train and NAACP Image Awards.
Mark Lowry is a singer, storyteller, humorist, author and songwriter. He has spent 20-plus years as the baritone singer for the Grammy- and Dove award-winning Gaither Vocal Band and serves as the comedic sidekick on tour. He also tours as a solo act with many DVD projects to his credit and has had over 400 artists record his lyric to “Mary Did You Know?”
Roland Lundy served an 11-year run as President and CEO of Word Entertainment. He was responsible for the Thomas Nelson and Word consolidation that grew Word revenues to over $100 million in 1993. He later managed the sale of Word to Gaylord Entertainment. His leadership navigated the entertainment company’s very diverse roster and attracted top artistic and creative talent. He currently serves on the board of the Gospel Music Trust Fund and is Chairman of the Board for American Red Cross, Nashville Chapter.
Twila Paris has released 22 albums, earned 33 No. 1 singles and has been named the GMA Dove Awards “Female Vocalist of the Year” three times, as well as earning several awards in the song and album of the year categories. The accomplished singer/songwriter has also written books and recorded children’s music.
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