On Thursday, October 19, 2017 the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame will hold it's 2017 Induction Ceremony in Kannapolis, NC. Inductions are held annually to commemorate the musical legacy of North Carolina's greatest music makers. In our efforts to honor, promote, commemorate, and preserve, North Carolina's great music history, we present the 2017 Induction Ceremony:
111 West First Street
Kannapolis, NC 28083
7:15pm — 11:00pm
The red carpet event is open to the public and tickets are on sale now. VIP and General Reserved tickets may be purchased at the NC Music Hall of Fame Museum or online at: 2017Induction.eventbrite.com.
About the 2017 Inductees:
Anthony Hamilton of Charlotte, NC is an R&B singer/songwriter known for his rich and soulful voice, which allows him to connect with his listeners. Hamilton says the involvement in the church choir, at a young age, is how he was able to develop the rhythm and resonance in his voice. This experience played a huge role in Mr. Hamilton’s music career leading him to win a Grammy and have 16 other Grammy nominations.
Bucky Covington from Rockingham, NC gained popularity through Fox’s hit singing competition “American Idol.” Afterwards Covington went on to become the bestselling debut artist of 2007. Covington first took interest in music after seeing blues guitarist Jeff Healey in the movie “Road House.” That along with his love for Elvis among other Rock ‘n’ roll stars Bucky has made a name for himself through his unique style of Rock influenced Country music.
Etta Baker, from Caldwell County, NC, was a legendary blues guitarist and singer, known for her unique chord playing technique and her hit single “Railroad Bill”. Despite having only started playing professionally at the age of 60, Ms. Baker won a plethora of awards throughout her musical career.
Jim Lauderdale — NC Music Hall of Fame
Jim Lauderdale, from Troutman, NC, found success as a songwriter and musician with a collaborative nature that gave him the opportunity to work with a variety of artists within several different genres. Although Lauderdale grew up loving country music this did not stop him from exploring other styles of music, which lead to him building an eclectic playlist that has led to his 29th album release just this past month.
Richard Lewis Spencer
Richard Lewis Spencer was born and raised in Wadesboro NC, but later moved to Washington D.C. where he began his historical music career with other artists. Mr. Spencer wrote and sang the Grammy Award winning song, “Color Him Father”. The song was released in 1969 and reached #1 on the R&B Charts & #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 all in the same year. Spencer is the owner of the famous Amen break featuring a drum solo by the now-famous G.C. Coleman. There are some who claim that this piece of music helped to launch hip-hop and the electronic subcultures. Now he has returned to Wadesboro, NC where he is teaching at a local high school.
Steep Canyon Rangers
The Steep Canyon Rangers from Brevard, NC, at their core, are a bluegrass group, but they have had no problems effortlessly walking the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra. This mixture of upscale instrumentation and country charisma has garnered them 9 studio albums and a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album since they formed in college at UNC Chapel Hill.
The Sensational Nightingales
The Sensational Nightingales, from Durham, NC, are a traditional gospel quartet that reached its peak of popularity in the 1950’s. They performed in Europe for the first time in 1983. The Sensational Nightingales are one of the most beautiful and meaningful treasures of quartet singing and are acclaimed everywhere for their authenticity along with their beautiful voices and rich harmonies.