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GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame Inductions

nelonsgmaNASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 11, 2016) – GMA Foundation’s annual GMA Honors celebration was held on Tuesday, May 10 at Lipscomb University. Hezekiah Walker, Howard Rachinski, The Nelons and Russ Taff were inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. The event also honored individuals and organizations that are impacting our culture both past and present. This year’s honorees were Catherine Brewton for Hope for Harvest, Jars of Clay for Blood: Water Mission, Michael W. Smith for Rocketown and the Gospel Music Trust Fund.
The event featured special tributes and performances by Amy Grant, Donald Lawrence, Donnie McClurkin, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family, Jason Crabb, JJ Hairston, Jordan Smith, Michael English, Richard Smallwood, Selah, Travis Cottrell and Tye Tribbett.
Event Highlights:
“This is so humbling because I lost my mom seven years ago, and she was my hero. I remember God speaking to me saying that the legacy must continue.” – Catherine Brewton
“My pastor when I grew up would say that singing doesn’t bring revival, but revival brings singing.” – Howard Rachinski
“Amber, Autumn, Jason and Kelly still do a capella harmony, and your daddy has to be smiling on you carrying on this beautiful tradition. – Bill Gaither introducing The Nelons
“I want to thank all of the people who have been with us. Not just the singers. It really takes all of us together. I want to let them know that whatever they did was important to the Lord.” – The Nelons
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Formed over 19 years ago by Deon & Susan Unthank originally as SoGospelNews.com, the site was birthed from an email discussion group by the same name. The SoGospelNews email discussion list was created by the Unthanks after the Singing News shut down its extremely popular discussion list. SoGospelNews started as a simple webpage listing artists, fans, individuals, etc. that were avid supporters of the newly formed SoGospelNews talk list. The site eventually took on printing news for Southern Gospel artists, and eventually took on reviewing the latest recordings from both signed and independent artists within the small genre. SoGospelNews became the most viewed Southern Gospel website on the Internet with over 4,000,000 hits per month.

The Unthank family are now involved in the site, as well as the addition of over two dozen staff writers. The website is based out of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. In April 2010, SoGospelNews changed its name to AbsolutelyGospel.com. The name change allows them to cover news items of not only Southern Gospel, but also Country Gospel, Inspirational, and Black Gospel.

On January 5, 2011, Susan Unthank passed away, leaving the website in control of Deon, their son, Chris, and their daughter Amy.

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